Monday, November 24, 2008

I Rescued a Human

I didn't write this, don't know who did, but it spoke so strongly to me after the recent loss of my little companion, Cowgirl, I felt it was worth passing along.

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.

Joy Journal: A good night's sleep and the love of my remaining dog, Sidekick


Anetka said...

beatiful and deep words Ernie.

Odd Chick said...

I was so happy to see your comments on my blog so I rushed over- and then saw you had a real sadness. I can't imagine losing my little Annie who I've had for so long -I feel so bad for you - just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and your sorrow