“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!

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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. 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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