Sunday, June 10, 2012
I SAVED A LIFE TODAY
Man's best friend. What does that really mean? To those who love dogs, you already know. To those who don't, it can't be explained.
But man's best friend too often is the cute puppy that grows into an adult dog chained to the tree in the back yard, discarded and forgotten. Or the pit bull whose courage and loyalty is perverted by humans. It's the dog with the ingrown collar, never changed since it was a puppy, that has to be painstakingly cut away by veterinarians. The dog with rear legs stunted and twisted by being kept since birth in a crate too small to allow for normal growth. The injured dog abandoned by the driver of a wrecked car or left on the road. Man's best friend can be starved, beaten, shot, mutilated. It shouldn't happen to a dog.
Last Chance Rescue/Middlemutts is an organization composed largely of volunteers who sandwich precious hours around their day jobs, linking with shelters and animal rescue groups to provide for the least of God's creatures. Thousands of dogs and cats pass through their hands, the lucky ones to rescue groups and private adopters. The unlucky ones perish of disease, injury or euthanasia often by gas chamber or the so-called 'heartstick.' It's brutal and it's ugly and every day these dedicated souls work through the pain of losing animals to save the ones they can.
At the top right of this page you will see the dog saved today. This is Jed--a hound treated, transported and adopted through my efforts and those of shelter staff, Middlemutts volunteers and a compassionate adopter. I hope Jed fills her heart with love and joy.
For every sale of my Kindle book Dancer Dog, the true story of my own first rescue, I will donate the royalties to Middlemutts. For a link to my book, click on the cover for Dancer Dog. For a link to Middlemutts, click on the picture of Jed.
And if I could make a modest proposal, would those of you with blogs and websites consider posting a picture and link to Middlemutts? It won't cost you a dime and even a dollar donated by one of your readers helps treat a dog for heartworm or X-ray an injured cat. The link is www.middlemutts.com
Men's best friend. If you believe it and are so moved, please help. I will provide you with regular updates here on The Blue Rose. The animals have no one to speak for them unless we do. Together, we can make a difference, one precious life at a time.