I am a wimp when it comes to furry ones. A total softie. I Love them in a way that does not even translate to other humans.
I got this email from a friend today. I don't know where it came from orignially and don't know where to get permission to print it. Whoever you are that started this, I hope you don't mind if I post it here.
It made me cry.
I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY. 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.
As I was sitting reading this with tears running down my face, Deiter is right there on the computer desk rubbing his head against me. And I think "OK, who did rescue whom?!" Zip and I took him out of a cage at a pet supply store, give him food and a home where he can live a hopefully happy cat life and love him as if he were our child. But look at the joy we have received from his returned love, loyalty and constant companionship. PRICELESS!!!
My friend Marian and I were talking yesterday and I was telling her about how I wish my elderly Mom would welcome an animal companion into her home. She complains of being lonely and doesn't like living by herself. I keep telling her that if she had a cat to talk to and take care of, loneliness would be less of a problem. She has hearing problems and cats are excellent 'hearing ear' companions.
But the CAT HAIR!! She always exclaims. This from a person who cleans daily no matter what!
Marian stated that it's a shame a person would give up the love and affection of an animal because of HAIR. And I agree!!!
My Rescue Crew: Tipper, Isabell, Peneople and Deiter.