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An Acrostic Poem of Thanks for Willow

July 20, 2016


NOTE:  If you put together the first letter of each line of this nine-line acrostic poem, you will be able to read a three-word message which describes how I feel about my fourth Leader Dog Willow who came into my life on June 7, 2016.  This short poem is dedicated to those volunteers who raised Willow and her littermates with their mother dog Holly, Willow’s puppy-raiser family (from Michigan), her trainers Sue and Christie at Leader Dog School, as well as all Lions’ Clubs and others who make possible the superb Leader Dogs for the Blind (Rochester, Michigan).



An Acrostic Poem of Thanks for Willow


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



Willow, my little lab, now with me for six stellar weeks,

had mighty big paws to fill and is doing so especially well.

After my practically perfect Zoe passed on March 16,

trying to lower my expectations for Leader Dog Number Four

added to my hollow goals of waiting for the then unknown Willow.

Gratefully, while I was weary, worrying, and waiting–

intelligent, calm, and sweet little Willow was trained expertly

for being my fourth Leader Dog–expectations need not have been lowered.

Truly thankful, I toast those who gave me this extraordinary gift–my Willow.



Our best to all,

Alice and Willow


July 20, 2016, Wednesday



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  1. Hi Alice,

    This is beautiful.


    • Mary-Jo–Thanks for continuing to follow my blog and for sharing a comment.

      Enjoy the weekend and stay cool–Alice and Willow

  2. Alice, if Willow could write a poem of thanks to you, she most certainly would! Inside your townhome, Willow’s big brown eyes watch your every move, and she follows you like a shadow wherever you go. I am sure that Willow is every bit as happy and thankful to have you as you are to have her. The two of you were made for each other!
    With love and many blessings to you and Willow,

  3. Alice. Hats off to you both. May the miles you travel together be paved with security and love. dp

    • Deon–Thanks for continuing to follow my blog and for sharing more encouraging words. In this short span of just four weeks, Willow has become very comfortable with routes in our neighborhood.

      Hoping your weather in Maine is not quite so hot–Alice and Willow

  4. So lovely, Alice. Yes, What a GIFT.

    • Lynda–Thanks for “liking” and commenting on this blog post! I feel so blessed to have Willow in my life. I wish you could meet my sweet, gentle, intelligent, and brave labrador.

      Happy writing–Alice and Willow

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