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When I awake, I still open wide the door,

to let you out to stretch and sniff the dawn.

When I push from my desk the castor chair,

I still glance back to see if you are there.

When I'm reading, my eyes lift from the page,

Hoping to see your soft, fond eyed gaze.

When returning home, opening the car door,

I still await your wet nose, soft ear, dirty paw.

When its four o'clock and time for your feed,

The bowl has gone and there is no more need.

When dusk falls and its time to walk the farm,

Your absent presence takes away the charm


It's night for you now, dear, beloved friend,

Your poor, old body decays 'neath the palm,

But your living memory still gives life a balm.

Thank you, old friend. I miss you.

by Mr. Batty of Naples Florida

My Prose to a Friend by Stuart R. Wisong

Feelings expressed have merit, for the intellect is not always the path to follow.
       An inner voice has meaning that only I can act upon.
Even the silent contemplation that is born from within requires our personal interpretation.
       Should I listen with my heart and send my prose to a friend?
        Should we ask ourselves at the end of each day, "Have I made choices that brought suffering to animals?"
"Have I taken one action that brought a day of peace for an animal?
Only then can we be satisfied to call ourselves "a humanitarian".

Welcome to the Fan Page. Here you can enjoy music, poems, stories and letters sent to us by the many animal lovers who have enjoyed "Angel Come Home" and embraced our cause.

We invite you to share your comments about the book, news about your pets, and celebrate your feelings for animals on this page.

Click below to listen to the wonderful song written for us by our friends.

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Jasmine and Rabbit
A Note from a friend, True Story.

In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog.  The dog had been locked in the shed and abandoned.  It was dirty and malnourished, and had quite clearly been abused.

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a female greyhound, to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by a man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a haven for animals abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need.

Greyhound and FawnGeoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved.  They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

Jasmine, however, had other ideas.  No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary.  It would not matter if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting animal.  Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents  "We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line.  One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross.  They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmineapproached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee.  Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them."

"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them, and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings..  She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."

Jasmine and fawnJasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits - and one roe deer fawn.  Tiny Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field.  Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster-mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and makes sure nothing is matted.

"They are inseparable," says Geoff. "Bramble walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other.  They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them."

Jasmine and FoxJasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life.  When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely.  She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

And, just in case you wondered, Snopes has verified the truth of this wonderful story and the reality of these photographs which accompany the story.

So you can pass this story on, and maybe make someone else's day to be just a little brighter!

Jasmine and friends

Pictured from the left are: "Toby", a stray Lakeland dog; "Bramble", orphaned roe deer; "Buster", a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; "Sky", an injured barn owl; and "Jasmine", with a mother's heart doing best what a caring mother would
do...and such is the order of God's Creation.


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