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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.

6 replies on “I Rescued A Human Today”

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.

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.

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.

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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