I Rescued A Human Today

I Rescued A Human Today
I Rescued A Human Today

This story , by Janine Allen, arrived via email the other day, and thought today, the four-month anniversary of Carter’s farewell would be a nice time to share it.

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.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Very cool story. Reminds me of the day we got our Pepper at the shelter. She sat very still and wagged her tail just a tiny bit. She was the quietest, calmest dog there. Little did we know she was quite energetic. She’s a great dog, very loyal and smart. Her buddy, Truman, came from the same shelter a few years later. Shelter dogs make the best pets. Thanks for sharing that.

  2. Teresa, thank you for your testimony.

    It’s all surreal , the timing. First the email story, then this morning the email that the breeder’s dog, Lauren, had to have a c-section and 5 pups were born Saturday. Then tonight, your note.

    And of course, today is Carter’s “anniversary”. It’s all God speaking, and I’m having a challenge discerning.

  3. Janine, thank you for your note and your link. You wrote an amazing story. It came through as an email with no credit back to you.

    I’m adding a hyperlink to the the post above in hopes of giving you credit.

  4. Teresa, if puppies came fully-trained, we’d have had a new addition four months ago.

    Like anything else, heavily influenced by my career employer, our puppy will be well-trained.

    A well-trained pet is a ton of work. joyful, worthwhile work. But a ton of work, nevertheless.

    This is an awkward time to add my work to a tough economy. 🙂

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