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21 February 1999 Issue

My Story

by Puppy

I just wanted to tell my story. I was born in a shed in the backyard. There were
5 of us. Sometimes the kids from the house would come out and take us and
play with us -- that was fun. Mama said to be cute and good and maybe they
would take us into the house and give us good things to eat. She said she used
to get to do that when she was a pup. Then one day the man came and took us
and put us in what Mama called the car. Then he put Mama in too. She said to
be quiet, that riding in the car was fun. She used to do that when she was a pup.
We rode a long time. Then he stopped and took all of us out. Mama said to pee
and hurry about it. Then he got back in and drove off. Mama ran after the car and
we tried to keep up but since we are little we canít. Mama came back and took
us back to where the car had left. She said he would be back soon. It started to
getting dark and we were cold and hungry so Mama curled up around us and let
us nurse. Mama watched and listened for cars coming along. At first she said
she was listening for the Masterís car but then whenever she heard a car she
would run to the side of the road and stand. But they would drive on by. There
were not many cars. Then Mama did not have any more milk and my brothers
and sisters started to grow weak. Mama washed them and cried but they did not
move. Then Mama did not go to the road for the cars anymore. She tried to
comfort me but I knew soon I would be alone. Mama is not moving anymore and
I am so hungry, cold and afraid. I think I will lie down for while and rest.
I am so tired and weak----

This is a memorial to a mother dog and her five pups who starved to death in
the Cherokee National Forest, TN on Highway 68 in September of 1996. The
nearest house was over 10 miles away.

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