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Baxter Doo's Poem by Arlene Pace

Once I was a lonely dog,

just looking for a home.

I had no place to go,

no one to call my own.

I wandered up and down the streets,

in rain in heat and snow.

I ate whatever I could find,

I was always on the go.

My skin would itch, my feet were sore,

my body ached with pain.

And no one stopped to give a pat

or to gently say my name.

I never saw a loving glance,

I was always on the run,

for people thought that hurting me

was really lots of fun.

And then one day I heard a voice

so gentle, kind and sweet,

and arms so soft reached down to me

and took me off my feet.

"No one again will hurt you"

was whispered in my ear.

"You'll have a home to call your own,

where you will know no fear."

"You will be dry, you will be warm,

you'll have enough to eat.

And rest assured that when you sleep,

your dreams will all be sweet."

I was afraid I must admit,

I've lived so long in fear.

I can't remember when I let

a human come so near.

And as she tended to my wounds

and bathed and brushed my fur,

she told me about the rescue group

and what it meant to her.

She said, "We are a circle,

a line that never ends.

And in the center there is you

protected by new friends."

"And all around you are

the ones that check the pounds,

and those that share their home

after you've been found."

"And all the other folk

are searching near and far.

To find the perfect home for you,

where you can be a star."

She said, "There is a family,

that's waiting patiently,

and pretty soon we'll find them,

just you wait and see."

"And then they'll join our circle

they'll help to make it grow,

so there'll be room for more like you,

who have no place to go."

I waited very patiently,

the days they came and went.

Today's the day I thought,

my family will be sent.

Then just when I began to think

it wasn't meant to be,

there were people standing there

just gazing down at me.

I knew them in a heart beat,

I could tell they felt it too.

They said, "We have been waiting

for a special dog like you."

Now every night I say a prayer

to all the gods that be.

"Thank you for the life I live

and all you've given me.

But most of all protect the dogs

in the pound and on the street.

And send a Rescue Person

to lift them off their feet."

Up close and personal with Nick Rupp and “Baxter Doo” in Utah

Michelle Harrington
CDRN Columnist
Ontario, Canada
November, 2006

Up close and personal with Nick Rupp and “Baxter Doo” in Utah
Contemplative, regal and shy…. these are the top 3 observations of Baxter Doo (formerly Scooby Doo) that owner Nick Rupp ascribes to him. Although Baxter Doo is a big boy – he is 27” and over 60 pounds – he is more content to scrutinize the world around him than pounce headlong onto it. New people and objects need a thorough inspection and then still may be passed by with a sniff. This role as an observer even translates to car rides where he will gladly take the passenger seat and allow passing motorists and pedestrians to see him. But you will never catch him hanging his head from the car window or performing other more common “dog” actions. He is much too regal for all of that nonsense.

But his regality does not carry over to his recreation time. Nick’s other dog, Abby, is definitely fair game, as are Nick and his partner Patrick. When it comes to play time Baxter Doo is much more egalitarian. His other dog friends also help wear him out with hours of roughhousing and chase games. Snowy days are a particular favourite, as seems to be the case with so many Canaans.

And let it not be said that Baxter Doo is not earning his keep. Nick’s job has him attending many meetings in downtown Salt Lake City, and Baxter Doo can often be found accompanying him. He has quickly become the unofficial mascot of many of these firms. To also demonstrate how Nick’s clients and colleagues have taken to Baxter Doo, Nick has received numerous requests to photograph him for future castings. As of yet Mr. B. Doo has not participated in a screen test, but the door definitely seems to be open for this sharp looking young guy.

In addition to a potential career in front of the camera, Nick would like to get Baxter Doo into therapy work and agility. His natural gentleness would lend itself to providing comfort to others, and his fluid movement and poise would seem to be ideal for navigating jumps and other obstacles. He has had to navigate a few in his short life to date, and from all accounts he is already a winner.