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The 12 Sights of Sadness
By Kimberly Locke

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The 12 Sights of Sadness
By Kimberly Locke

On the first day of January, the shelter had to see:

Twelve Russells running
Eleven Pointers pointing
Ten Border Collies
Nine Maltese prancing
Eight Maine Coons mewing
Seven Poms a-brimming
Six Himalayans
Five Goldens
Four Australian Shepherds
Three drenched hounds
Two fertile Pugs
And a Rhode-Ridge and a Brittany

...and that's just one day!

An animal's life is a gift that should never be wrapped in ribbons and bows.