MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In Honor of Maggie, Chloe, Maddie, Marky & All My Rescue Dogs: I Rescued A Human Today

Most of us who have rescued or loved an animal realize at some point in our lives with them just how much they rescued us every bit as much, if not more, than we rescued them. For all my furry loves: MAGGIE, Chloe, Maddie, all my foster dogs, Marky, my cats Shanna and Cinnamon, thank you for rescuing me and being there when I most needed you, and for your never-ending unconditional love.

I received this lovely piece of wisdom from a reader and friend via email today and want to share it with you:

I Rescued A Human Today

by Janine Allen, CPDT

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. Getle 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.

Posted By:

Dawn Kairns
Author of
MAGGIE the dog who changed my life A Story of Love


2009 Indie Book Awards Finalist
DWAA 2008 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award Finalist


Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

We should all be so lucky to be rescued by a dog... lessons learned from them are an incredible way to see the world with eyes wide open as well as living from one's heart.

Barbara Techel
Award winning author of the Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog Book Series
My passion is bringing a positive face and voice to animals with disabilities
Frankie is Official Mascot for National Disabled Pets Day and
Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Companion Dog

Dawn Kairns, Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life said...

So very true, Barb -- the blessing goes to the rescuer!

retriever farm said...

you did it again another beautiful post. I'm speechless

Dawn Kairns, Author of MAGGIE the dog who changed my life said...

What a kind comment. I'm glad you found this beautiful. Thank you!