A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Monday, June 19, 2006
In Memory Of "Dolly"

I write this in remembrance of "Dolly".
My intention is not to bring sorrow to you, but for us to remember those animals who are out there waiting..
This is not a graphic story, but a story of a little dog that taught me a big lesson about love.

It's up to us as a nation to care for and take responsibility for the animals who are out there in the world.
For every dog that dies in a shelter, there is someone, somewhere responsible for its death..
Awareness is half the battle. I know it's easier to close our eyes to the evils that men do, but it doesn't change things.
Thru you, those who share my stories, cry and laugh with me, you too make a difference in the world by just knowing...
Little by little, one person at a time, those who know the truth, those who help and care, is how great change can happen.
One animal at a time...

Dolly graced my life for several weeks. She made me smile with her cute and loving ways.
Born in the sewage drain at animal control, she had a systemic infection from her first days of life...
I've learned to cherish each and every moment of life and I cherished her.

This poem is by a very remarkable woman with a vision ahead of her time.
A woman who had great command of the English language in a very profound manner..
I share this poem and web site with you in honor of Dolly.

http://www.ellawheelerwilcox.org

Voice of the Voiceless
So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.

I am the voice of the voiceless:
Through me, the dumb shall speak;
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear
The cry of the wordless weak.

From street, from cage and from kennel,
From jungle and stall, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.

For love is the true religion,
And love is the law sublime;
And all that is wrought, where love is not
Will die at the touch of time.

Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals
Who have not stopped to teach
Of the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes,
The sorrow that has no speech.

The same Power formed the sparrow
That fashioned man - the King;
The God of the whole gave a living soul
To furred and to feathered thing.

And I am my brother's keeper,
And I will fight his fight;
And speak the word for beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.

Dolly and her brothers, Gopher and Bumble
COMMENTS:
Very moving poem. Bless Dolly. Those eyes just kill me.
 
((((hugs))))
 
Gosh, I just don't have any words...breaks my heart.
 
That is a wonderful poem.
I wish we could make everyone see animals the way we do.
 
Hi Bernie...I lost your email addy when my system crashed. Will you post some version of what follows so we can identify all the artists that participated? I already posted it at collage cats, but yoour blog would be an even better place!
.....Hi Cats...
I'm trying to reach out to all the artists that contributed to this project. Last month my computer crashed and I lost all my data, including the index of participants.
If you donated, kindly go to http://maigirlz.typepad.com/photos/a_place_2_bark_art_deck/index.html and verify that your name is correct and identified properly. If you would like your email address on the index, please email it to me off group.
Thank you!
Anyone else, please feel free to look at this beautiful artist deck that will be auctioned by Bernie Berlin to benefit her animal rescue, "A Place to Bark".
Maija
 
i am deeply touched by the photo of dolly and the two bros....
 
WOW, this is moving. I have tears in my eyes! Thanks for all you do and your ownderful posts and photos!

Hopea ll is well your way!
Gina louthian-stanley
 
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