I Died Today
Dear Mom and Dad
I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky
number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you
left. My collar was too dirty and too small, and the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow
Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather and it
was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys.
Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed I had
to go at all. There are books on obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the
Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine I couldn’t get
them off me after you left me in the yard for days.
Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I was only saying, “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m here, I want to
be your best friend”.
Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how.
Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach me manners? You didn’t pay
attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent my time waiting for you to love me.
I died today.