“When I Am An Old Dog Woman
I shall wear shirts I don’t mind getting dirty,
And a hat that says “Life is better with a dog”
And I shall spend my social security on
red wine and dog treats,
and sit on my back porch
watching my dogs play, then sleep in the sun.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And walk my old dog down a dirt road,
Across the moonstruck countryside
If my old bones will allow.
And when people come to call, I will smile
as I walk past the toys and fur on the carpet,
and show the urns of my dogs that have passed, that made my life whole,
I will speak of how life it too short to save all the dogs I want.

I will walk and play and wear grass in my hair
as if it were a jewel
and I will be an embarrassment to ALL
who will not yet have found the peace in being free
to have a dog as a best friend.
A friend who waits at all hours
With a warm muzzle and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.

I revamped this poem into my own, It was originally called “The Old Horse Woman”

From Diane Kettlewell-Kaelbere – Jazzy’s Journey: A Story of Blind Devotion

The story and day to day life of Jazzy, the blind Newfoundland puppy who was given a second chance at life after almost losing hers. Diane Kettlewell-Kaelberer.adopted Jazzy at 10 weeks old, she is completely blind. At approximately 4 days old she stopped breathing, her wonderful breeder resuscitated her but she was without oxygen long enough that it damaged the part of her brain that communicates with her retinas. Her eyes are completely normal but the brain isn’t reading what her little eyes are seeing. I hope to share her daily life with all that would like to see how well a special needs dog can adapt and have a wonderful, fulfilling life.

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