Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dog Days #29/30- "You Won't Be Mine"

This is just a yellow lab I found on line, not the puppy I will actually be raising. 
The end of the month seems like a perfect time to announce some big news. For a couple of years, I have been volunteering with Canine Partners of the Rockies, an organization that raises mobility dogs for people with physical challenges. I've decided to take the plunge, and sometime after May 22, I'm going to become a puppy mom. For the next two years, I'll be raising a yellow lab, who was born in California, and will be arriving in Denver whenever they can get him here. I'm excited, and more than a little nervous, about this new adventure. This poem is for him.

"You Won't Be Mine"

I'll potty train you,
wake up when you whimper,
teach you to walk on a leash.

I will love you,
but you won't be mine.

I'll teach you sit and down and stay,
buy toys and treats,
take you to the vet.

I will love you,
but you won't be mine.

I'll cuddle with you,
know where you like to be scratched,
let you give me doggy kisses.

I will love you,
but you won't be mine.

And then someday,
I will hand your leash
to someone else.

I will love you,
but you won't be mine.

(C) Carol Wilcox, 2019


Linda B said...

It's a loving thing to do this, Carol. You should be proud & excited & love these months with that new one. I love your refrain, know that in your heart this will be both joyful and very hard to do. (My son & daughter-in-law had a yellow lab long ago, the sweetest dog ever. He would play 'fetch' with Carter as a toddler, who threw the ball about two feet away!

Ramona said...

Carol, congrats on your soon-to-be puppy mom status. You will fall in love and then you'll give him, along with your heart, to someone who needs him so. I love how your repeated stanza is a reminder that he will ultimately belong to someone else. I look forward to pics and stories of your journey.

Mary Lee said...

Bittersweet! Lucky dog and lucky you.

Elisabeth Ellington said...

What an exciting and generous thing to do! It does sound very hard--to love a dog knowing that you will have to let it go.