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.

0 0 votes
Post Rating

Help support our family-friendly mission
Buy our Kindle Book- or -Become a Patron

27 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months 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)
6 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

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

Paula Lucas
Paula Lucas (@paula-lucas)
6 months 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.

Help support our family-friendly mission
Buy our Kindle Book- or -Become a Patron

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
6 months 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)
6 months 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)
6 months ago

Hi Carrie,
A very moving story.

Help support our family-friendly mission
Buy our Kindle Book- or -Become a Patron

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
6 months 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.

Last edited 6 months ago by Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Absolutely true, Carrie!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
6 months ago

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

Help support our family-friendly mission
Buy our Kindle Book- or -Become a Patron

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
5 months ago

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

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
5 months ago

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

Help support our family-friendly mission
Buy our Kindle Book- or -Become a Patron

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
5 months 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)
5 months 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)
5 months ago

Congratulations Carrie, a story that warms the heart.

Help support our family-friendly mission
Buy our Kindle Book- or -Become a Patron

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
4 months 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.

Most Voted Comments

Avatar
8

Bait

It takes a real talent to tell a story in so few words. What was…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be the protagonist in your story,…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Such a sweet tale - and with a good moral to the story. I thought…


Avatar
5

Endure and Sing

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read to little kids, the moral…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to hear your story read aloud…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller Hans-Christian Andersen. Your sweet story…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I can see why this was…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts and Susan Boyle on Britain's…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how discouraging it gets. At times…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you so much for the feedback! I pray that the young readers will be…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you for taking the time to comment and convey your thoughts on the story.…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, don't we all feel like the rat in your story at times! We…


Avatar
4

Vows

I must admit it was the picture of the church, with its grave yard, under…


Avatar
3

In Memoriam

It's terrible to lose someone you love and accept that he is not a part…


Avatar
3

The Problem with Women

I think Carrie has said it all. We rest our collective case.  ? 


Avatar
3

The Fisherman and the Sea

A good story with a strong message. The time has come that we should do…


Avatar
3

The Fisherman and the Sea

It is giving me great joy to read such beautiful comments from you.Thank you for…


Avatar
3

Voice.club 2020 Year In Review – OPEN

The New Year has always been a time for reflection, and to focus on what…


Mary Kot
3

Endure and Sing

I wish all of us were more like this little mouse! His confidence and courage…


Avatar
3

Endure and Sing

I'm really glad to hear that! Leena Auckel did an amazing job and I'm so…


Recent Comments


Become a PatronHelp support our family-friendly mission

Contest – CLOSED – Scary

27
0
Selected Authors may submit comments (5 Credits)x
()
x
Scroll to Top

Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. Only club members can read posts submitted into a contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!

Gems Stories are public:  On the other hand the Gem stories are different, since there is no voting on Gems. During a Gem event, your friends and fans can come on and read without a SignIn. This is one of the great advantages of the Gem events.