Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

A Doggie Miracle - Thanks George - Poem by Alison Cassidy

Her coat shone silky smooth that afternoon.
Her tail wagged like a metronome.
She raced the local kids around the oval.
They laughed and called her 'sausage dog'.

That night she stumbled on the stairs.
She whimpered when I tried to pick her up.
By midnight she was shivering with shock.
The vet suspected herniated discs.

Next day - incontinence and paraplegia.
The suited specialist duly kept us waiting.
Offered surgery (without a guarantee) .
Two thousand dollars? You must be joking!

The breeder said 'Give old George a ring.
He'll soon have her on her feet again.
He treats them in an open fronted shed.
Calls himself a canine chiropractor.'

George Schofield - nearly eighty five years old -
A nugget of a man with heart of gold,
Placed his stumpy hands upon her spine.
In seven days, my little dog was fine.

This happened four years ago. As far as I am aware, Old George is still manipulating dogs from all over Victoria. He works every day from 10.00am till 4.00pm. He has Tuesday's off. He must be pushing 90 by now. I'll never forget him.

Comments about A Doggie Miracle - Thanks George by Alison Cassidy

  • (2/2/2010 5:42:00 PM)

    If you're alive, bless you George, if you're not doubly bless you. Always fondly remembered, Jerry (Report) Reply

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  • (11/23/2007 12:57:00 PM)

    I love every single thing about this up-lifting and beautiful story/poem built on commitment and hope
    Love duncan X
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  • (11/23/2007 5:03:00 AM)

    What a beautiful story! I believe in miracles. Ten seems inadequate here.


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  • (11/18/2007 7:49:00 PM)

    This poem put tears in my eyes, such a beautiful and emotional write about one of my favorite animals.I'm happy that your dog is doing so well.Thanks for sharing this poem as it warms the heart, and has me wanting to read more.
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  • (11/17/2007 2:09:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem i must say cheers shiralley (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2007 3:12:00 AM)

    Dearest Allie.........just as heart-touching and wonderful as the first time I read this miraculous tail of yours..........oh, sweet're a lucky dog, you are......loved and nurtured by two fine poets/great humans....cured by the hands of another dedicated artist, precious George.......(that's what I called my dear dog, 'Precious George'.....he, too, was a healer......)
    ........Gary's Thurber reference pays fine tribute to the wisdom and wit of one of my favorite authors...and a great cartoonist, as well......illustrated his books though he could barely see................

    Be well, my friend
    Love, D.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  • (11/10/2007 3:37:00 PM)

    The early recollection is horrific, but after old George's fingers performed magic - Ella is still pugnacious, noisy and loveable. We wouldn't have her any other way. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2007 5:27:00 AM)

    Allie, being a animal lover, though mines are cats as you know. This really touches the heart and raises the spirits. Old George as Fran has said is one in a million. Top marks and thanks for sharing this my friend. A wonderful story with a happy ending.
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  • (11/10/2007 4:28:00 AM)

    I remember reading this the first time round. It raised my spirits then and it does again now. Old George is one in a million. Thanks again, Allie.

    Love, Fran xxx
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  • (11/10/2007 4:22:00 AM)

    Alison, I just love doggie tales, vets are just bandits they rob people because they know most will pay because we love our pets.. glad this story had a happy end..10 (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2007 3:23:00 AM)

    This poem is so beautful, made my eyes water as I think I'm the biggest animal lover in all the world (dogs begining my favorite) thanks for writing this and sharing it. It's wonderful to hear about these miracles. God Bless
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  • (11/10/2007 2:20:00 AM)

    They laughed and called her 'sausage dog'.
    That night she stumbled on the stairs -
    Here is cause and effect. Some like me believe that even the trees talk, which some blessed ones understand.
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  • (11/10/2007 2:01:00 AM)

    A sincere gratitude for both human beings.(Dog I prefer as a human being) (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2007 1:40:00 AM)


    Very nice. I'm with James Thurber on the subject of dogs. I don't know if there is an afterlife, but if there is, I know several dogs who will be there in lieu of some people. Many thanks!

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 10, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 23, 2011

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