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Tribute to Mr. Peabody:
Promises Kept

Mr. Peabody, to whom this website is dedicated.

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Peabody and the Rainbow.

       Mr. Peabody, a poorly bred and abused puppymill/ petstore Dalmatian, is the "face" of the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project. His short, frequently pain-filled life, was the inspiration for his "mom" to spearhead the fight for tough, self-funding, enforceable new laws to put an end to pet profiteering.

       It took 12 years, but on 1 December 2009, Governor Doyle signed WI Act 90, the ground-breaking Wisconsin Dog Seller's Law, which, with the addition of detailed Administrative Rules, went into effect on 1 June 2011.

       For Pea, even though we still have a lot more work to do -- Promises Kept!

"Our animals shepherd us through certain eras of our lives.
When we are ready to turn the corner and make it on our own...
they let us go." —

 dog/cat bullet   Mr. Peabody's Story: A Wisconsin Puppy Mill/Pet Shop Dog   dog/cat bullet


Promises Kept

Copyright Jim Willis 2002

You run in different fields now. Effortless.
You jump and play with wild abandon. Painless.
Eternally young and carefree. Timeless

There is a shroud over my heart. Darkness.
Days are longer and empty without you. Cheerless.
I still keep your pillow next to my bed. Sleepless

The years march on. Ceaseless.
The memories never wane. Impervious.
I feel the moment of my fading, then...Brightness

We run in different fields now. Effortless.
We jump and play with wild abandon. Painless.
Together for all eternity. Glorious.


Mr. Peabody

Mr. Peabody, aka "Pea Buddy"

26 October 1996 - 16 November 2002

"We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan." —
Irving Townsend

 dog/cat bullet   Mr. Peabody's Story: A Wisconsin Puppy Mill/Pet Shop Dog   dog/cat bullet

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"Promises Kept" from PIECES OF MY HEART, Copyright Jim Willis 2002, . All rights reserved. Used with Jim's permission and heartfelt sympathy.

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