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Courtney
12-15-2005, 06:16 PM
This poem was written several years ago by the founder of Small Paws Rescue.

http://www.smallpawsrescue.org/pup3/twasthenightbeforechristmas.html
Graphic by Zac's Mom!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Mills of Missouri
By Robin Pressnall

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the mills,
not a puppy was stirring, it was strangely quite still.

While back at the pole, Santa readied the sleigh
to pick up these mill dogs, it was such a long way!

The reindeer were dressing all quick in a hurry
They were headed for RESCUE, and straight for MISSOURI!

On Dasher on Dancer on Comet and Cupid.
Those pups go to Pet Shops! We know! We're not stupid!

As his sleigh did approach, the mill gates opened wide,
Santa called to them all, and they all jumped inside!

On Poodles, on Bichons, on Golden Retrievers!
Grab up the babies, we save those for grievers!

On Westies, on Lhasas, on cute Weenie Boogers,
On Shih Tzus and Scotties, they're all sweet as sugar!

On Schnauzers, and Maltese, on Wire Haired Fox Terriers!
We've got room for ALL, the more now, the merrier!

And the sleigh just grew bigger as they all made more room,
These pups lives were changing! No more gloom and doom!

While out on the lawns there arose such a clatter
The millers ran out to see what was the matter!

When they found their "stock" gone, how the millers did sob,
while a Voice from above boomed, "GO GET A REAL JOB!"

As it seemed it could not get much better than this,
I started to wake, did I dream all of this???

There was no red sleigh, no reindeer with wings.
I guess it was sadly, just one of those things,

That you dream and you dream, till one day 'twill be.
That glorious day, when the mills are history!

And I think as we tell them, and tell them again,
Soon it will be that we all know that when,

One buys from a pet shop, there are pups you don't see.
The Mama and Daddy, who are longing to be,

loved by a family, and scratched on the heads.
Not sleeping on wire, that they now call their beds.

One day it will be, oh how that will feel!
We won't mill our puppies like paper and steel!

And I heard it exclaimed as I woke up that night,
We won't stand for this, we'll stand up and fight!

With each breath we do have and each word we do say,
we'll tell about the mills, till that glorious day,

when the mills are all outlawed, and all over Missouri,
The occupation of milling, will be but a memory.

Robin Pressnall, Executive Director , Small Paws® Rescue
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Jen
12-15-2005, 07:37 PM
Hopefully someday it will become a reality and there will be no more mills!! :crossfin:

Schroeders Mom
12-21-2005, 10:48 AM
Oh that was good!! I'm hoping no one comes by my desk right now and wonder why I'm crying! Sad to say, I live in Missouri :sosad: but I will continue to tell people about puppy mills and to rescue the sweet babies :hearts: . Thanks Courtney!

Fluffy
12-21-2005, 10:49 AM
Oh that just put me in tears! I hope and :pray: that the day will come when there are no more puppy mills. Thanks for sharing that Courtney!

Mama S.
12-21-2005, 08:37 PM
I knew I didn't want to read that.. Unfortunately, we need to continue to good fight until all the mills are shut down. I was asked SAturday by a cashier at Wal MArt if I had gone to the new pet store yet. I replied that yes I had to check it out. She then started to go on about how wonderful the puppies were. I told her (here's where one day I learn to shut my mouth:ashamed: ) that if she only knew the tales of all the pathetic mill mommies that make those pet store puppies available, that maybe she wouldn't think those puppies were so great. Turns out her DD & SIL OWN the store. Can we say oops? HE** NO. I told her that they might have a wonderful, clean store but that as long as pet stores sold puppies that there would always be puppy mills. Then I wished her a :merryx: and out I walked!
Sandi

Courtney
12-21-2005, 11:06 PM
Don't feel embarassed or anything Sandi! You did what is right! YOU GO GIRL!

Nancy
12-22-2005, 11:17 AM
Good for you for saying something! It's sad how puppy stores are allowed to stay in business. Wasnt there some other big company that was going to open up pet stores? I thought I heard something about it last year?

Patt
12-23-2005, 12:15 AM
I hesitate in reading things like this because I am way to emotional. That is a beautiful poem, I wish with all my heart that there will be an end in sight for puppy mills soon. Unfotunately too many greedy people in this world.

Good for you Sandi, one by one......:appl: