"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out." -Lou Reed

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Rescued a Human Today

I am sure where this originated, but today I got this via Facebook through Petmate Pet Products. Very touching and very true. Last year, I wrote about being rescued by my dog Bear. It's true. We rescue them, but they also rescue us.


I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.


JC October 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

That is how I've always felt. They have rescued me.

Eva Gallant October 7, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

That was so sweet and touching.

Nadu October 7, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

What an amazing post.

Jason Gibbs October 8, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

that is amazing...i never thought of looking at it from that perspective before...really touching :)

Pat October 10, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

I've seen this before, and it still touches my heart. My sister just adopted two shelter dogs; she went with the intent to adopt one dog - Benny. She had to wait till he was healed from heartworm. In the meantime Benny fell in love with Bloom, and my sister didn't have the heart to split them apart, so, alas, she adopted both of them!

Michelle October 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

very nicely written... and i went back and read your post about bear :) sweet indeed... he is a beautiful dog!!

i was going to get a shelter dog too when we were in the market for a new family member... but my husband was working at this mans house... and his little shih tzu had 4 little babies, they were so cute... i just couldnt leave without one, once i had seen them.

we got the only boy... and after two weeks of namelessness, my son started calling him earl! lol everyone laughs when we tell them his name... but he is the sweetest little thing in the world... and i wouldnt trade him for anything!

he kinda saved me too... and he gets me out... and has taken me around to meet all of my neighbours too... funny how they can do that eh?

he is my best lil friend... and i love him!


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