Thursday, December 21, 2017

Cali's Smile

Cali, on the left, Chloe on the right

Last Christmas, she was in her new home, with memories of the steel bars of the kill shelter still in her head. She was tentative, uncertain, lucky that the woman from Rosier Days Dog Rescue chose her among all the others to save from that terrifying place where her time had run out. Up the coast she came, from California, to Victoria, B.C., where a series of good people cared for her until my daughter found her. They call her "Cali" for California. Look at her smile now! She is grateful. She is happy. She knows she is home. She knows she is loved.

One small scared brown dog
rescued from the brink of death
Christmas memories


Run fast, Cali, and leave those 
bad memories far behind


My daughter Stephanie has rescued many wonderful dogs the past twenty years. Her dream is to have her own dog rescue one day. Cali's smile says she knows she has hit the jackpot, LOL.

for Karin's prompt at Real Toads: to take a letter of the alphabet (I chose C) and free write with pen and paper, then revise.


17 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so glad she found a new home and escaped those steel bars. Look at that smile. And I do hope that your daughter's dream of having her own rescue one day does come through as well

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  2. I hope she can bury them so deep that they never resurface. Poor thing. So glad she found a home.

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  3. Cali certainly does appear to be smiling the most wonderful smile. I reckon she does know she is loved!
    All the best to you and your family Sherry.
    Anna :o]

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  4. My Kit is a rescue. Sometimes I think about the people who gave him up. Who would give up such a lovable mush? But then I realize it doesn't matter. Kit is in his forever home with us. :)

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  5. I am so glad she found a new home and managed to escape those steel bars. Beautifully heartfelt write, Sherry!❤️

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  6. It's always wonderful to know of loving and lovable creatures being rescued, and becoming secure and happy-ever-after.

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  7. horaay for Cali

    SEASONS GREETINGS

    much love...

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  8. What a great story. She looks so happy and smiley and free - away from those bars and the coldness of a kill shelter. I sometimes think people give up animals that good loving people deserve to have.

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  9. A very sweet poem and vision. Thanks much, Sherry. k.

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  10. For every person who gives a rescue animal a home there is a star. What a happy-looking dog!

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  11. So good for the dog and we must all have such compassionate feelings.

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  12. Perfect for the Holidays, and beyond!

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  13. Love that smile... dogs can show so much happiness (and misery) so glad for Cali

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  14. I'm grinning like a blissful lunatic. What a wonderful memory. Your daughter is an angel.

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  15. A wonderful haibun, Sherry. Your daughter is, in order of Wee Willie Winkle (comics character) "airy an angel." A dog's angel.
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  16. A wonderful haibun, Sherry. Your daughter is, in order of Wee Willie Winkle (comics character) "airy an angel." A dog's angel.
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  17. Such a heart-warming tale (and tail).

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