Thursday, February 2, 2017

Guardian Angels and a White Dog

Note:  I am sharing my story from ... I wrote it tonight to remember when we rescued Duke.  The name of it is:  He Deserves a Better Life.  Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.

He Deserves a Better Life ...
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee

Guardian angels live here on earth to watch over people, animals alike. I know ... I've been watched over ... I have watched over. By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.

This photo owned by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.  Trees the chain tangled up on ... trapping a beautiful dog outside in the weather ... keeping him from getting to his house.

You can see Duke, the white dog ... peeping out from the old doghouse ... he barely made it inside clawing his way knocking his bucket of water over.  

Sitting on a hill lush ... green
In the same position several days at a time
Never making a sound ... watching life go by

Day by day a couple walked by 
On their daily walk
They noticed the white dog on the hill

The dog never barked at them
The couple often spoke of what a good dog
Wondered if he would bite

This went on through the hot, summer days
The days began to get cold
Nights ... freezing

The couple wondered why the dog 
Would be in the same spot 
When they walked by

One day without quite knowing why
The woman told her husband to walk with her
To take a look up on the hill

What she saw broke her Heart
The white dog lay tangled in stumps
Chain around his neck ... hung around the trees

She walked to the dog 
Talking softly all the while
Never thinking if he would bite her

She led the dog around the trees
Around the stumps to his dog house
The white dog gratefully ran inside

That day was when the couple 
Became guardian angels
They would watch over this dog

Each morning ... throughout each day
Every night they would come
To watch over this precious dog

They fed him breakfast each morning
Coming back to make sure he wasn't tangled
Numerous times a day

Each evening they brought him supper
After dark they drove to shine a light
To make sure the white dog was safely in his house

They grew to love this sweet dog
The white dog loved them
A bond grew between all three

Guardian angels here on earth
Protecting an innocent life
Through each day ... night

No one knows that some guardian angels
Cry many tears over what humans do
Abusing, mistreating innocent people, animals

The woman guardian angel woke up
Crying at nights saying prayers for the white dog
She hurried each morning to go to him

One day the owner happened to show up
She asked him for the white dog
No, he said ... he guards my property

She looked the man in his face
Gently told him that his dog deserved a better life
The man smiled never saying a word

A snow and ice storm made things worst
The owner never came for a whole week 
The roads stayed icy, impassable 

All the while the guardian angels
Took care of the white dog
Walking to him numerous times a day

Carrying food ... water in jugs ... fresh bucket
Several times they found the white dog
Unable to move ... his heavy chain frozen to the ground

The heavy chain tangled on stumps
Around trees ... the white dog couldn't move
Trapped out in the weather unable to go in its house

The woman guardian angel went to him
All the while talking softly to him
Tears flowing down her cheeks

I'm so sorry precious one
I've got to get you away from here
Poor baby, you're so cold

The white dog would get up 
Walking as she guided him 
Around the stumps, trees

When free he would run to his old dog house
Trying to get warm as his body shook
The blankets she'd brought him weren't enough

The man brought a thick, quilted, waterproof cover
They put it over the old dog house
They put a bag of shavings inside for warmth

One day after the snow ... ice storm
The owner showed up ... he walked to them
Saying he had a proposition to make

Either they could have the white dog
Or they could find him a home
Finally the day came they could rescue this white dog

The woman began to panic 
They had no extra money to get the white dog
A fence ... extra food ... they already had two dogs

She meant to rescue the white dog no matter what
The white dog had to stay that night
There wasn't a safe space to carry him to

The woman began to ask her friends on Facebook
To please help her help the white dog
By the next day ... a miracle happened

She had the money to go purchase a kennel
A new doghouse .... food, heavy-duty tarp 
They hurried to go get the white dog

The woman unhooked the chain from a tree
She led the white dog to her truck ... chain and all
They brought the white dog to his new home

Took the heavy chain off his neck 
Gave him a big chew bone, fresh food ... water
The white dog didn't know how to act 

Days went by until a routine was established
Breakfast each morning ... playing during the day
Supper in the evenings 

The woman had a roll of canvas
She had an idea to make the kennel weatherproof
Her husband helped her carry it to the kennel

She began to unwrap canvas, cut it to fit
The kennel ... making it windproof
They put a heavy-duty tarp over the top

Now the white dog lived in a cloth house
The thick, quilted windproof/weatherproof cover
Covered the white dog's new house

Inside the house was thick ... soft, cedar shavings
Shavings spilled out onto the floor making it soft
A good place to lay on in the sunshine

Duke came to live with us on January 17, 2017
He is a beautiful, loving white Pit Bull
He has known love before he lived in Hell

He knows what a leash is when put on
He automatically walks to the door of his kennel
I walk him around inside tell him to sit ... he does

Skip and I have been guardian angels
To this precious dog
Rescued him from the bad life he was in

The man who used to own Duke
Must have heard my low, soft voice
When I said to him ... this dog deserves a better life

This is Duke, the white dog ... he now lives in a 'Cloth House' ... canvas around sides, heavy-duty tarp on top.  I can roll his curtains up each day ... in the winter weather I roll them down at nights.  During very cold, windy days I roll them down leaving him a place to look out.

Note by this Author:

I wrote this to remember how Duke came to live with us.  There was a connection behind him ... Skip and I.  

Thank God ... we can look back ... see when his life would have come to an end during the bad ice storm we had in January 2017.  

No one would have come to him for a whole week if we hadn't known what was going on.  

We made the difference in a precious dog's life.  This is my second rescue dog ... both live with us today.  

We have three dogs ... Kissy, our Rottie ... Camie, our Australian Blue Heeler mixed (I rescued her) ... and now, Duke ... our Pit Bull.

We wish to have him live inside with us and Kissy and Camie.  We don't like for our dogs to live outside and haven't ever let one do so.  

For now ... we can't put Duke, Kissy and Camie together as a bad fight could happen.  As time goes by ... it may take a lot of time ... we will work toward helping all three make friends.

Photo/story poem owned/written by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.


  1. Duke could not have better owners now!! You are the best! Love, Ms. Nancy

  2. Most heartwarming and wonderful poetry.Blessings to you all including the pups and Duke.