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Topic: DOG (08/09/18)
TITLE: I found my WHY!
By Mike Hill
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All I know for sure is that I am white with dark spots. I have no idea who papa is. Momma always said that her body always seemed to want to get pregnant.
It was a good life with mom – we didn’t have much, but it didn’t matter to us! Yet one day momma said I had to leave, that I was old enough to be on my own. I saw her swelling belly and got the gist.
Before long, I acquired baggage - loneliness, fear, and distrust. I was so tired! Bloody scars, fleas, matted fur, sore paws, and worms were my constant companions. What did I ever do to deserve this? Why?
I saw a side of myself I should never see. Worse yet, I saw a side of humanity no one should see. My nose had to be alert to the stinky messages of the street.
I could see other dogs looking down on me. They crossed the street to avoid me. They seemed to be having the times of their lives. But for me: there was only cold, abuse, hunger, fleas, and loneliness. I was dying inside. Each night, as I slept behind the trashcans, I cried. I was so afraid I was going to die before I had happiness. All I ever wanted was a friend – but all I ever got was nightmares.
Why with just a few barks Lassie could make everyone understand that there was trouble ahead, yet with all my whining and gnawing they couldn’t understand I wanted to be happy? I wanted to be welcome to that, hole digging, butt sniffing, fenced in doggie amusement park down the street. I would have even settled for a ride to that place where dogs get thermometers stuck into places they should not be jammed into.
I prayed selfishly, “Dear God, please send me someone who will hug me and love me. I’m tired of sleeping in the rain, I’m hungry, and I am cold – please give me a home. If you know somebody dear God, I promise to be good. I’ll love them, protect them, and sleep by their side. Sometimes the couch and I may have a fight and shoes may have an irresistible taste. But I promise I will try to obey. Please, just take my lonesome away”.
Finding myself once again in a kennel, in a lonely cage, I grew scared and angry. I was lying there alone, full of sadness and despair.
Then one day as I was lying there, she came. She had the sweetest smile, most beautiful hair and the bestest smell. Her eyes met mine as she walked among the cages. I felt her love, sensed her emptiness and instantly my whole being changed – I knew I had to help her!
I wagged my tail and whined just a little. I hoped she wouldn’t hold my ragged, rough looks against me. I hoped she didn’t see my little “accident” in the corner and think I was uncouth. I wanted to make a difference in her life.
They took me out of my cage to see her – I looked somewhat unkempt and needed rest. She got down on her knees and cooed over me. Her gentle hands petted my scruffy, dirty head and said the most beautiful thing – “I love you just the way you are”! She was desperate for companionship. It was then I saw the twinkle in her eyes. A tear ran down her cheek, and I laid my paw on her lap to assure her that all would be well. Another drop fell.
Dear God, I promise to always take care of her, to keep her safe. I promise always to be her companion. I promise to lick her face and let her pull my tail. I want to be her friend!
I am so fortunate that she walked past my cage. There are so many who haven’t walked between the cages but are in dire need of our love. Today you’ll find me thankful – I am no longer alone. I rescued my human! I have a place that I call home. So many more to be saved. At least I saved one – I rescued a human being – I found my WHY!
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