There’s nothing like a rescued animal to pry open your heart. I see proof of this all the time whenever I ask an owner if their pet was adopted.
The animal has more spring in their step along with an eagerness to please. A dog bought from a breeder has none of that unless it’s from a puppy mill of which there are many. If people would only stop going to breeders it would help the homeless situation tremendously. Imagine not having to put down healthy animals any longer because they all found homes.
I saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that said: Euthanize breeders not dogs. I followed him three blocks in awe.
A shelter animal knows when it’s been given a second chance and has no qualms showing it. They love you, paws down, for taking them in.
I met a pit in the Park today named Lila who was playing ball with her owner Ben. I stopped as I often do to ask if I can pet the dog. Ben said, “Sure, Lila loves making new friends.”
I sat on the grass for a good scratching behind the ears session while Ben told me Lila’s story.
She belonged to a bi-coastal actor who, out of respect, will remain nameless. When he traveled he’d leave Lila at his vets with the understanding that she’d be walked for an hour twice a day apparently paying handsomely for it.
Turns out they left her in her crate without even taking her out at all, even quickly. Do the math on that one. Only when this guy was due to come get her would they clean Lila up and take her out.
A young intern was the one who blew the whistle on this particular establishment, thank God. If I knew who he was I’d send flowers.
The actor realized that Lila needed a more stable home so he found Ben through Petfinders. That story, though ending happily, disturbed me greatly. A vet no less who touts himself a healer abused this beautiful girl who by the way was already rescued once before. Think of the damage she withstood yet here she is, with the heart of a lion, forgiving the world; a lesson to the rest of us.
Ben, who looked like a movie star himself, told me he was very depressed before he got Lila. “It was more like she rescued me,” he said. “When I heard what happened to her it made me forget all about most of the stuff that was bothering me.”
I left the two of them heavyhearted not due to sadness but inspiration.
As long as I live I will never comprehend abuse of any kind especially towards anything that can’t defend itself: be it a kid, the elderly or an animal.
The definition of naivete’ is innocence or unsophistication.
Who knew I suffered from both.