I have been in the company of dogs ALL of my life.... and was a trainer for 45 years! To say I have respect for canines is an understatement. I have worked for and with a number of rescues through the years and have great respect for those who give their time and attention to deserving animals. It is no secret that my preference in breeds is Boxers. I actually have no memory of not knowing one or having one... I was lucky I guess that I was raised with the breed that fit my personality and filled my heart with years and years of joy and happiness.
Dog lovers are always looking for a way to help... spending 45 years training... I know, I'd be rich if I was paid for all the volunteer hours! But, now leaving my home means leaving my art and I have to say... that seems to be hard for me to do! But, I think I may have come up with an idea that will allow me to help ... at least the rescues in central Florida... Michiana and the corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago... and until I grow my inventory I will have to limit it to boxer rescues (unless your willing to put up with a lot of boxer painting?!?!) I have family or friends in these areas who (I think) would put me up for a night or two ... so it shouldn't involve
I found the following on Facebook today. The saying gave no credit for its author but I thought it said so much I decided to share it here! I hope you enjoy it... better yet, I hope you can relate!
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.