Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Saved a Human Today

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.

This beautiful poem was written by Carl Nyland. I found it at

This picture was taken of Gus shortly after I adopted him. I had him for eighteen years. He was a smart little devil, but he definitely had a mind of his own. When I saw him in the kennel at the SPCA, he sat up and begged. I thought he was begging me to choose him. Now I think it was the case of him choosing me, instead.


  1. Oh my goodness....ok this post is such a heart tugger!
    And what a handsome little pup!

  2. That's such a heartwarming story! I've got teary reading it.