from Kelly Lettmann -
I woke up one morning with my littermates. I saw Mom
lying there, so I went over to get some breakfast. Mom was warm and she
licked me all over. She loved us so much...
Things were good back then.
Then I went to live in a home with two kids and their
mom and dad. I used to be able to come in the house and play. They even
let me sleep in the house. The children would run and I would chase them
around. When I was little they would let me jump on them and even
playfully bite them. The family would laugh and encourage me to play
like that. They gave me lots of toys such as socks, shoes and stuffed
animals. I had so much fun...
Those were the days.
As I got bigger, I would accidentally knock the children
down. I would try to bite them on the cuff of their pants as they ran. I
found toys like the ones my master gave me when I was younger, and I
would chew them up. They started getting mad at me all the time. When I
jumped up they would knee me down. One minute they were laughing at me
for play biting and chewing and the next minute they would spank me for
doing the very same thing...
I was so confused.
Now I spend my days, hour after hour, chained in the
back yard. No one comes out to play with me. I am so happy to see them
when they come out that I jump and bark with joy. I spend my days
digging up the yard around me which makes my masters mad at me. The
fleas crawl all over me...
Which drives me crazy.
The more I sit out here the madder I get. I cannot
understand why they brought me home just to chain me in the yard. If my
masters are unhappy with my behavior...
Why not train me?
Why did they encourage me to jump and bite? Things have
not gotten any better for me. Now I sit in jail. People come by my cage
looking at me. I bark at them but no one wants me. Oh, no! Here comes a
lady with a leash. Where is she taking me? She walks me into a room. Oh,
she likes me. It's so good to be hugged again. What's this? She is
sticking my leg. Oh, I am so sleepy. What has happened to me? I am
NO ONE CAN HURT ME ANYMORE.
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