It's really sad when people buy a dog without putting any thought into it. They buy him or her for their kids birthday, and forget that the dog will be their responsibility for well over a decade. For children, the novelty of a puppy often wears off, and the dog is then exposed to the most harsh of all fates - Emotional negligence. Here is a heartfelt plea from one of our canine friends:

ALONE AGAIN

I wish someone could tell me What it is that I've done wrong, Why I have to stay chained up And left alone so long. They seemed so glad to have me When I came here as a pup. There were so many things we'd do While I was growing up. They couldn't wait to train me As companion and as friend. They told me they would never fear Being left alone again. The children said they'd feed me, Said they'd brush me every day, They'd play with me and walk me, If only I could stay. But now the family hasn't time. They often say I shed. They wont allow me in the house, Not even to be fed. The children never walk me. They always say, "Not Now!" I wish that I could please them. Won't someone tell me how? All I have is love, you see, I wish they would explain, Why they said they wanted me Then left me on a chain. Source: The Detroit News 2/25/1999 Author Unknown