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There have been many on-line
Forages into the Pet Finder website
Views of plaintive-looking, longing eyes
Prominent proboscubuses and heads with just the right tilt
Wagging tails and inflated tales of cuteness

Then there are the face to face visits at
The SPCA, shelters, the pound and PETCO
Some of the pets are nervous and restive
The sadder dogs are listless and cowed
The truth is they’ve been abandoned and betrayed

So... as a seeker of a pet, there is much to ponder
How can there be a transformation with a dog
Who has been injured by humans who, like me, are flawed
What will happen after the “honeymoon” stage?
Will bonding occur and withstand a decade of care?

It comes down to a willingness to take a chance
Like any relationship, there are no guarantees
The investment of time and energy will be
On the one hand rewarding, and on the other, frustrating
But a seeker must believe that it is worth the risk

The richer life is filled with many forays into the unknown
I opt to rise to the challenge and not let my doubts defeat me
I choose to be an active participant who walks into the fray
I expect to evolve as mover into life rather than a retreater from it
With eyes wide open ready to engage and learn and grow

Stephanie Millican

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