I need a hero

Emrys  

It’s time for the monthly news update but unfortunately I don’t have an up beat message for you this time.  Instead I bring you a plea for help in shielding the innocent from a fate they do not deserve. With the help of the beautiful ladies and my fur babies on the front page, maybe we can help save a life.  Grab a box of tissues and let me show you how to bring anyone with a heart to their knees.

Two nights ago a close friend of mine posted something to her Facebook timeline that you’ll find at the end of this news post.  I saw the photo first, reminding me one of of my own dogs, then read the poem attached to it.  After speaking with her for a few moments, I learned something about her that I didn’t previously know.  She’s an animal rights advocate that strongly disagrees with euthanasia.  I had never given it much thought because sheltered animals were not necessarily a part of my life up until now.

She linked me to a YouTube interview with a young lady that had previously worked with an animal shelter that did euthanize animals.  The young lady described her 6 months at the shelter in detail, along with the sadness involved in euthanizing innocent animals.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried throughout the video as the young lady described the conditions the dogs lived in and the sad way they met their ends.  The testimony of this young lady was absolutely heart wrenching and it prompted me to do quite a bit of research on the topic.

I’m not one to openly support something like this very often, so I’d appreciate that anyone reading this seriously gives it some thought.

I breed Siberian Huskies and in doing so I take the chance that one of those beautiful animals will one day end up on a table like this. Huskies are very high energy dogs with a mind of their own. They require space, freedom, lots of training, and the love and attention of their companion.

4 million animals are put to death in shelters around the country every year because families getting a pet weren’t ready for the responsibility. They die alone and afraid, never knowing the mistake they made that lead them to their fate, and left by the families who have abandoned them because it was convenient.

The world is currently captivated by acts of heroism on the big screen by people like Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers. The acts of these fictitious heroes that many now idolize boil down to one thing alone. Heroes save lives. Be a hero and save the life of a shelter pet by adopting.

“Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves.”

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“My family brought me home, all cradled in their arms. They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys. I sure did love my family, especially the little girls and boys.”

“The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats. They even let me sleep with them – all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go for walks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud to say.”

“These are the things I’ll not forget – a cherished memory. Now that I’m in the shelter – without my family. They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn’t know the difference between the old one and the new.”

“The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug. So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside. This I didn’t understand, although I tried and tried.”

“The walks stopped, one by one, they said they hadn’t time. I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime. My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain. I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.”

“So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye. If I’d only had some training when I was a little pup, I wouldn’t have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.”

“‘You only have one day left, I heard the worker say. Does that mean I have a second chance? Do I go home today?”

-Anonymous