Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I’ve been reading a lot of articles about pit bulls lately. It makes me incredibly sad to see the bad rap that these lovable dogs get. I am around about 5-10 pit bulls every Sunday at Cocheco Valley and for the most part they are my favorite dogs to be around. Tails always wagging, snorting and sneezing, slobbery kissing love bugs. There was another pit bull attack in the news out of Mass. It seems there are never dog attacks that don’t involve pit bulls which is unbelievably incorrect. The media only seems to report when a pit bull is involved not other breeds and certainly not when a pit bull is the victim like this case:
Breaks my heart. This dog didn’t fight back even when her life was at risk.
I guess I’m fascinated by pit bulls and all the negative attention they get. If everyone could volunteer and see what lovable animals they can be and are, I think this world would have a different view on the breed.
In related news, it has been three years since Michael Vick had a search warrant issued at his property and these articles by the ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society will always stand with me:
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I received a $200 donation from my friend Kern last night. He wanted me to donate this money to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society. I didn't look at the money right away and thought he gave me about $20 or something. Imagine my surprise when I saw two hundred dollar bills in my wallet. He says that he would never be able to do what I do on Sundays because it would break his heart. I tend to agree with him on that.
It is really hard to go into the shelter and see suffering. It is horrible to see the pain inflicted on animals that did nothing but love their owners unconditionally. I have had to turn away many times when I see the physical/emotional ramifications of an owners' neglect or purposeful cruelty both at the shelter and on tv. So what keeps me going? It's the trust that I have earned with a dog named Cammie who isn't a fan of most people/animals/etc, it's the tail wags I get from Rosie who lived her life on a chain and was never properly fed or cared for, and most recently, it was the big kisses I got from Sadie who has a horrible case of mange. Her whole body is covered in scabs and she has large patches of fur loss. Despite all this, she still loves humans, specifically me. I sat in her kennel for about 15 minutes and was covered in slobber from all her loving. Mange isn't hard to treat and it is certainly preventable with a little time and care by the person that should have loved her. So yea, it's hard, sometimes downright heartbreaking to see what humans can do to animals. I go in every Sunday and I will continue to do so for the gained trust, the tail wags, the long walks, the sunshine snuggle time, the slobbery kisses, and the unbelievable perseverance of animals that have no need to trust us humans, but still do.
So to answer the question of how I can do what I do, I pose this question: How can I not?
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." ~Hellen Keller
Friday, May 14, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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