A Christmas Wish Delivered

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and all through the rescue –
All the creatures were stirring, believing something would ensue.
Whispers and wishes hung in the air,
In hopes of Bilos’ special someone. Could we dare?

Bilos is blind, born without eyes,
But we knew when we met him – he was a special prize.

Smart, and sweet, and anxious to please,
He surprised and delighted and adapted with ease.

Special needs dogs need special humans as well,
It takes patience and commitment to help them excel.
We understood it would take time, but impatient we grew,
Bilos was truly deserving of love, this we all knew.

And then…

A quiet visitor arrived not once, or twice, or even thrice,
But over and over, seeking answers and advice.

With great thought and great care she made her decision,
And two days before Christmas, took Bilos home on provision.

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To first foster our boy she dispatched –
With paws crossed and prayers said,
We hope for a forever match.

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In her first update she writes that she feels lucky and blessed,
Our joy and gratitude, we cannot express.

A Christmas wish whispered and delivered with speed,
Merry Christmas, sweet Bilos! With prayers answered, indeed.

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

37 thoughts on “A Christmas Wish Delivered”

  1. What a beautiful post. Sooo happy for Bilos. God Bless that beautiful boy and his very special Mama. Hope it is their best Christmas ever.

  2. Merry Christmas, Audrey, and bless you for your commitment to Homeward Bound, all the dogs, and all of us humans! You are my Christmas Angel…

  3. Dear Audrey…Again, this went straight to my heart. Your posts are such a gift. Sweet, special Bilos adopted; I am so happy for he and his mom.

  4. I’m crying with joy…this is such a lovely tribute…He is so sweet and happily content at my feet after a long walk and romp in the park. Merry Christmas all!

    1. You cannot imagine the joy you have delivered to us this Christmas, Jennifer. Thank you for creating a place in your heart and home for our (your!) special boy.

  5. Thank you Jennifer for opening your heart and home to a wonderful boy! This was an awesome post Ogee!! Merry Christmas to all!

  6. Audrey this is so beautifully written that is just softens my heart to mush! Thank you for sharing his story and his happiness! Jennifer, thank you so much for giving him a chance. I never got to meet him, but he seems like such a love and I know he deserves all of the love that he gets from you. Thank you and happy holidays!

    1. I thank you for your kind comment about my mediocre rhyming skills…but very glad that it touched you, Mary. Happy holidays to you, as well! 🙂

  7. Merry Christmas, Audrey – to you, your family (human AND furry), all the folks at Homeward Bound, and of course all the doggies, young and old, including the ones like Bilos who have a home for Christmas.

    1. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and yours! I know it has been a difficult year. I hope Shadow’s good news helps you find peace and regained cheer in the New Year.

    1. I doubt I’ll be winning any awards for the prose, but I hope my joy for Bilos and his new mom does shine through. Thank you and happy holidays!

  8. I pressed “Like” about a thousand times! Just because, … Bilos. What a special boy he is, and a very special foster to bring him home to love and care for him. Wishing for a failed foster with tidings of comfort and joy. Very cute and clever poem, Audrey!!

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