A Poem for a Rescue Dog by Kate Hanford

When we rescue a dog, it doesn’t come gift-wrapped in shiny paper with a pretty gift tag and a huge bow. They arrive broken, neglected, scared and lonely. The majority settle into their forever homes seamlessly, others carry with them the ghosts of their past. As adopters, we try to take away the hurt and bring some sunshine into their lives but the path isn’t always easy. However to see a rescued dog curled up in his nice warm bed and giving out a small sigh of contentment…makes it all worthwhile!

The poem is about a miniature dachshund called Mr, Darcy. He was around two years old when we adopted him. His bad behaviour meant this was his last chance and I was determined to make it work. He had aggressive character traits bought on through fear and had lived in many homes throughout his short life. Despite months of training, patience and kindness the fear aggression still remains. However, we have learned to recognise his triggers and he has transformed into a happy little dog.

Here is his poem:

A Poem For A Rescue Dog

A Poem for a Rescue Dog

Years have 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


Darcy- A Poem For A Rescue Dog

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Holly: Chihuahua and Shih tzu, mixed breed.

Holly is a thirteen-year-old Chihuahua / Shih Tzu mix.


She has a select circle of people and dogs who she would take a bullet for, anyone else?…..not a chance! .(typical Chihuahua )..Unless you have 3 hours to spare to tickle her tummy… Then she might consider you! Or sausages..she really loves sausages!

I wasn’t looking for a dog but someone told me about an accidental mating between a male Shih tzu and a female chihuahua. One pup needed a home, so I ended up with a tiny cream fluff ball. This was long before the ‘designer’ dog trend, Holly was just a unique accident!

She had been living in an apartment and missed out on early socialization, consequently, she had never seen grass or the sky.

She became quite clingy so I started looking for a canine companion.. enter Alfie.

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They were totally bonded and soul mates for the whole of Alfie’s life.

She’s still really active and totally spoilt.





Waggy Tales Dog Blog

Welcome to Waggy Tales Dog Blog!

Hi everyone I wanted to start a blog to share my two great loves…..dogs and books.

First of all, a little about me, my name is Louise however, everyone calls me Lou. I have always loved dogs and had a lot of experience in the rescue world both as a foster mum and home checker. My mini dachshund Darcy is a rescue dog we adopted in 2015. You can read lots more about him here. 

In addition to Darcy, we also have Holly, a rather mature lady who likes to keep everyone in line. However, it only takes a sausage or a tummy rub to win her over. At thirteen years old she is a sprightly bundle of fun, and furthermore, she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.


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All breeds are welcome, especially if they have Waggy Tails.

There will be informative content too, including health and behavior issues. Additionally, I will discuss the process of rescuing a dog or in contrast, buying a puppy from a breeder. At the same time, I always try to review and promote any books featuring dogs, especially if they are rescue related.

It’s always great to hear your stories, so don’t be afraid to tell me in the comments section, I’m always around for a chat too.

Book Reviews

I am an avid book reader and have written several ebooks which are collections of funny and thought-provoking poems. I try to support authors by doing book reviews through NetGalley and  Amazon. In addition, I  post here on this blog and various social media sites.

My favourite genres are psychological thrillers, mystery, romance, crime, children’s, chick lit.

However, books featuring dogs are always high up on the list!

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Feel free to get in touch if a review would help you out.

(There is a waiting list, however, I always get to you in the end!)

My email is lou.capp@yahoo.co.uk.

Additionally, I love to join blog tours and like to hear from publishers too.

Although I will mainly discuss books and dogs, in general, I love to chat about everyday things too.

Hope you can stop by at Waggy Tales Dog Blog.


Firstly, I wanted to share a poem with you about Alfie who sadly passed away on 5th April 2017.

Let me tell you a little about Alfie first


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We needed a companion for our older dog Holly and researched the temperaments of many breeds. Above all, the character was most important to us. Consequently, we found a puppy who was a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu. Both breeds have a reputation for being loyal, caring, affectionate and sweet-natured.

Well, Alfie didn’t disappoint. He was all of those things…….and more!

He soon became a soul mate for our older dog but more importantly, he took on the role of nurturer to all the rescue dogs who came through our door. I called him my ‘wingman’ because he took care of the canine side of fostering, whilst I did the human stuff. He would share his bed, his toys, even his mum with whoever came to stay, there were no exceptions. He seemed to know that the foster dogs didn’t have privileges like he did. When they all moved on he still had his soul mate Holly and later Mr. Darcy the dachshund. Similarly, he knew instinctively when I was sad and would stay by my side on the (many) sleepless nights.

Here is Alfie’s poem

You shared your loved ones

your toys, your bed

‘Such a softy’ was often said

And when they left

for pastures new

You picked me up

and helped me through

Your little soul mate
looks so sad
She’ ll always miss
the love you had
Your partner in crime
looks at the door
the one where you met him
with an open paw
That tiny puppy
you taught to play
she’d nibble your ears
then run away
The one who was sick
hurt and betrayed
You taught him to trust you
and great friends were made
Then there’s the pal
who visits each year
On hot sunny days
and with Christmas cheer
with a wag of your tail
and your welcoming face
the fun you’d have!
the birds you’d chase

When the days were dark

with sadness and pain

You gave me a reason

to get up again.

And now

too soon

its come to an end

And your work is needed

in heaven my friend.

They needed an angel to stand at the gate
to welcome the others
who’d wait and wait
for their family to join them
so alone and so sad
But you’ll comfort their sorrow
and soothe pain
that they had
Now the house is so quiet
the cushions are neat
There’s no sneezy kisses
or pattering of feet
The summer-house
won’t be the same
without my boy
hiding again
And the cold lonely nights
when I cannot sleep
We drank warm milk
and to bed, we’d creep
So for now
we bid you good-bye
My angel in heaven
a new star in the sky.
I wrote the poem less than a day after Alfie died, it is raw and unedited because it shows the anguish of losing a pet.
If you’ve recently lost a beloved pet you might find this post helpful. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any magical cures for bereavement. However, it might help to know that you are not alone.
Alfie was the inspiration for Waggy Tales Dog Blog and it is dedicated to him.

Just a quick update.

On a more positive note, my daughter welcomed a new puppy into her family to be a doggy playmate to Cavapoo, Rosie!
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His name is Luca, and he is a very handsome Goldendoodle.

Of course, I have been charting his process in Waggy Tales Dog Blog so consequently, we now have lots of puppy posts too! Additionally, if problems arise, we will discuss that too.
Luca and Rosie stay with me when their mum is away, so as well as lots of fun, I get extra cuddles too.
Please call by at Waggy Tales Dog Blog and join me on my doggy and bookish journey and of course,

Keep those tails wagging!