Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | December 17, 2008

The Night Before Dog-Mas


Sally thanking a Volunteer

Sally thanking a Volunteer

My name is Sally, a Second Chance shelter dog who is hoping to go Home for the Holidays.  I would like to share my favorite Christmas story with you, “The Night Before Dog-mas” written by Claudine Gandolfi: 

‘Twas the night before Dog-mas, when all through the pound not a puppy was yelping,or playing around;

 Our leashes were hung by our kennels with care, in hopes that St. Bernard would soon find us there;

 Puppies were curled up, all snug in their beds, while visions of doggie-treats danced in their heads;

 Lulu in her collar, on somebody’s lap, had tucked in her tail for a midwinter’s nap 

When outside the room there arose such a clatter, my ears perked right up to hear what was the matter. 

Away to the window I jumped up with glee, and barked at the shadows that were cast by a tree. 

The glow from the moon changed night into day, and started me thinking, “Woof, woof! Time to play!” 

When, what with my puppy-dog eyes did I see, But a splendid dog-sled, led by doggies like me, 

With a regal furred driver commanding, not stern. I yelped to the others, “That must be St. Bern!” 

More rapid than greyhounds our saviors they came, and we barked and we howled, and called them by name: 

“There’s Magnus! There’s Sam! J.R., and Ol’ Bandit, On Snoopy! On Daisy ! On Cedric! and Saydee! 

And then in an instant, I heard at the door the scratching and clawing of each little paw. 

As I pulled in my nose, and was turning around, Through the door St. Bernard came in with a bound.

 He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his tail, his wood cask adorned with an icing of hail;

 A bag of chew-toys he had brought in with him, and his mouth was turned up in what looked like a grin.

 His eyes how they twinkled! his ears flopped, how merry! His coat shone like crystal his nose like a cherry!

 His big sloppy mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the fur on his chin was as white as the snow;

 The stump of a bone he held tight in his teeth, and his collar encircled his neck like a wreath;

 He had a large face and a furry, round belly that shook when he barked, like a bowl full of jelly.

 He was fluffy and plump, a big, cuddly old pooch and I laughed when I saw him and gave him a smooch.

 A wink of his eye and a wag of his tail; we knew right away we’d have homes without fail.

 He howled not a howl, but went straight to his deed, and took down our leashes that soon we would need.

 He threw open the door, and families stood there, with children, all smiling, and much love to spare.

 He lept to his sled, to his team gave a call, and away they all flew as if chasing a ball.

 But I heard him exclaim as he chewed on a bone: “Happy Dog-mas to all and to all a Good Home!”

Come to the Second Chance Shelter and ask for Sally, I am sweeter than sugar plums, candy canes, and fruitcake combined… Happy Holidays and I hope to see you soon!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about  the SCHS Spay/Neuter Voucher , Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Pet Column questions can be sent to:


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