December 2, 2008

Today's smile

This arrived in an email at work from another vet today. It made me smile...
Many of our past students work in our animal protection areas, such as the local SPCA, National RSPCA, Dog Watch and the Cat's Protection League. They do a wonderful job. Not only do they help care for and rehome pets, but they take our students and help them to learn how to care for the animals. So thank you to you all for the amazing job you do, that is repeated in towns and cities all over the world by other dedicated people.

........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.


  1. Thank heaven for great big softies like you, and all the others who take care of animals desparate to save us humans. Bother, glasses all steamed up again.


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