A Poem for a Rescue Dog

This is a poem I wrote about my rescue dog, Darcy. I’m sure it applies to many, many dogs out there


A Poem for a Rescue Dog

A year has passed since we met our little man

A feisty, mini dachshund

with a coat of black and tan

We called him Mr. Darcy

because he didn’t know his name

and told him that from now on

life would never be the same

We peeled away the layers

and slowly it was clear

All he ever wanted was

a family to hold dear

His little heart was bursting

with love for someone who

could give him back some happiness

and start his life anew

To those who didn’t want him

To those who didn’t care

You had to look into his soul

to see the love that’s there

The journey isn’t easy

There are hurdles in the way

But I would never change him,

Just love him more each day.

                                                                         Kate Hanford


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Many people believe that rescue dogs are troubled, traumatised, strays with long-lasting problems. While this view may be true in some instances, the majority of dogs in rescue centres are there because their previous owners have simply abandoned them. Every year new homes are found for thousands of these ‘rescue’ dogs by dedicated charities but in order to make this re-homing a success, the new owners need considerable knowledge, patience and understanding. The Rescue Dog takes the reader through each stage of the re-homing process, from choosing a dog, to preparing the home and garden and settling the dog into its new life.


About the Author

Vanessa Stead is an animal behaviourist specializing in canine behaviour, counselling and training. She has worked with a number of animal enterprises and welfare charities including The Dog’s Trust and many other organizations. Ann Stead is an assistant lecturer in psychology at the Open University and was Head of Psychology for over fifteen years at a secondary school in Surrey.

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