They call this cage ‘deathrow’. Every day a dog gets taken through that door and another of us takes its place. Now I’m in deathrow. All I scent is fear. Trembling, I retreat into the corner.

Humans are coming now, little ones squealing in delight at the wriggling puppies. Humans say they’re going to their ‘freverhomes’. I don’t know where I’m going. No-one wants me.

A lady’s coming, gaze intent. I feel a…connection. Uncertainly I walk to the bars, tail stirring. The door opens, she bends, her forehead dipping down to mine.

“You’re coming home with me.” she whispers.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

“The door opens, she bends, her forehead dipping down to mine”, this phrase gives so much joy to me as it gives hope to a dog that feels afraid and unwanted. I love how you expressed the feeling of a dog in just a few words. Well written and well expressed.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Yes, so true. Hope the dog is now happy with her forever home.

Paula Lucas
Paula Lucas(@paula-lucas)
1 year ago

Hope. It stirred my emotions. I have a rescue dog. It breaks my heart when they don’t get the life they deserve. Very well written Carrie.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Such an emotional story Carrie that really pulls at the heart strings. So glad she found her forever home.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Well written Carrie. Only someone who has experienced that feeling of what it is like in a dog’s home, could write such a warm and loving story.

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

Hi Carrie,
A very moving story.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Carrie, this story brought tears to my eyes. It was so beautifully written. Like you, I would also want to take them all home! I feel so terribly sorry for these animals who stay behind.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Absolutely true, Carrie!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

Such an emotional little tale! Bittersweet and heart warming. I wish all animals could find their “furever home”!

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Carrie. Your story is so full of human warmth and kindness.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Well done and congratulations Carrie. This story touches the heart strings.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Carrie! This story was both beautiful and heartbreaking, thinking of all the animals staying behind. This was a great story.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

It is heartbreaking to think that some animals have to be euthanised just because they don’t get adopted. It is terrible.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Congratulations Carrie, a story that warms the heart.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

This is a beautiful story that fills me with a range of emotions. I love that the dog will be given a new chance to be happy at the end. A really great story.

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