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Maria Daines: MUSIC


(By Kind Permission of Zest Radio Show)
January 12, 2007

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Our thanks to Zest of Zest Radio Show for his fantastic support of animals in need of a voice.

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The first we heard of Mercy was in a news item sent on to us by our good friend Mary-Alice, Cornwall's Voice For Animals. Well, to say we were affected by this horrific story is an understatement, I cried on and off all day over the picture of Mercy looking up at the camera with such trusting eyes, obviously she must have been in tremendous pain, yet she was a gentle and beautiful dog even in her battered state and the good people of Operation Kindness took Mercy to their hearts and did everything they possibly could to save her. Soon Mercy was known all over the world and her veterinary costs were met by members of the public touched by the plight of this poor sweet pup. No animal should ever have to suffer as Mercy suffered. Mercy is now at rest and this song is dedicated to her memory.

Mercy, the 10-month-old puppy who was doused with gasoline and set on fire,
has died. Her little heart just gave out.

She was a gentle soul who showed remarkable strength and courage - she inspired us all! Mercy died Sunday evening about 9:30 p.m. at the veterinary
clinic where she was being treated. Doctors said Mercy showed some
improvement Saturday, but her condition started to deteriorate Sunday
afternoon. She was given a plasma transfusion, but shortly afterward her
heart--weakened by burns over 60% over her body--stopped beating.

The young pit-bull mix was rescued Friday, April 14, by a Dallas man who saw
her in the wooded area behind apartments in Far North Dallas. He took the
dog to Operation Kindness, where she was given immediate veterinary care. Mercy was transferred to the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center last Monday. She had surgery the following day to remove most of her burned ears and
begin the painful debridement treatment. Doctors cautioned that, because of the severity and extent of her injuries--which also included stab wounds and cuts--her prognosis was guarded.

"All of us at Operation Kindness, as well as thousands of people who have been moved by her plight, are grieving for Mercy," said Jonnie England,
executive director at Operation Kindness. "We were so hopeful that this
beautiful, gentle dog, who had suffered and endured unbearable pain, would
pull through in the end. It's more important than ever that the person who
brutalized her be caught and brought to justice-for Mercy's sake." Mercy will
be privately cremated and her ashes will be spread in Operation Kindness'
Memorial Garden so she will rest in peace forever.

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(Dedicated to Mercy)

You wonder why or how
Some people grow so mean
They hurt defenceless souls
Their hearts are cold, oh Mercy

You were young and sweet
A tender gentle friend
Easy to defeat
Oh Mercy...

All the lost and found
On the rainbow bridge
Spare their tears of pain
Heal their suffering
Light the troubled way
Keep their memory safe
For the rainbow's end
Is a brighter day...

I see your trusting face
No man should ever harm
Rest in peace my dear
Oh Mercy
You're in a better place
Held soft by angels arms
Sleep now precious one
Oh Mercy

All the lost and found
On the rainbow bridge
Spare their tears of pain
Heal their suffering
Light the troubled way
Keep their memory safe
For the rainbow's end
Is a brighter day...

© Maria Daines/Paul Killington
All Rights Reserved
(mcps) ASCAP

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'The Rainbow Bridge'

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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The Music United For Animals CD is dedicated to Mercy.

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