“I rescued a human!”

Given that Ray was adopted five years ago yesterday (March 15), I have been going through our early documentation, emails, vet bills(!) and general notes between us and our local shelter … and came across the following. It’s author is unknown:

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I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor, peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need, 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 shelterΒ  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 finger tips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised a 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.

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What an interesting alternative perspective an adoptions!

25 thoughts on ““I rescued a human!”

  1. Aw that’s really sad. I always feel so bad for the ones left behind when I adopt a dog. I try to take the ones no-one wants in the hope that those left will find a home. All that these poor animals want is their own family. It is really hard in kennels, even though the rescue staff do their very best. – Mr Spaghetti Legs was in kennels in a rescue organisation for nearly eleven years.

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  2. Maggie (and Barney before her) chose us to be her family, though both were from farms rather than shelters. Dogs around here mostly seem to be rescues. Who knows, maybe we’ll be saved in the future (I hope distant just now).

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  3. Each time we’ve adopted a Hairy Kid, I’ve always wondered, “Who just got rescued?” It’s really a two-way street, isn’t it? This story sums it up beautifully. Whether we go to a shelter with the idea of saving an animal’s life, or we go there to fill a void in our own, it’s a win/win.

    I have no doubt that Ray is basking in his anniversary and patting (pawing?) himself on the back for making such an excellent choice for his “person”!!

    You did good Ray!
    β€’β€’β€’Gingerβ€’β€’β€’

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    • Hi Ginger. You are so right. We may think that we are simply giving a dog another chance at life but, if the dog is going to fill a need, then who really is rescuing who? πŸ™‚

      Hi Ginger – Woof! I did do a good job at selecting my human didn’t I. I have to admit though that he is a lot more difficult to train than I expected. He is very good when it comes to getting advice about me, but he can be so stubborn at times. We’ll, I’ve got 5 years invested in him now …. so I’ll just keep working on him! Good job I am patient! BOL! Ray.

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      • HI Ray! Keep having patience with him! You have done an excellent job so far, but yes I am sure it can be hard at times! Keep up the great work, don’t give up on him, you never know when he may surprise you. πŸ™‚

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      • Hey! Sweet boy! No, Colin, I’m talking to Ray. Lol. Sadly, I have to admit we humans are a challenging bunch to train. Fortunately you are up to that challenge and seem to have Colin eating out of your paw. After 5 years, I think he’s a keeper.

        You are such a good boy. Enjoy your anniversary celebration. Every walk. Every extra treat. Every belly rub. You’ve earned special treatment. Make sure you get plenty of rest, because just when you think you have your person fully trained, he’s gonna go off the reservation again!!
        β€’β€’β€’Gingerβ€’β€’β€’

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