I'm a dog lover. I'm a rescue lover. I dislike over-breeding, pet shops, puppy mills and just generally seeking out a specific type of dog simply because that's what you want. I don't know - I guess I just believe in dogs finding/rescuing people, more than anything.
I came across this link, entitled '3 years ago you were evicted from 20 Catherine St 13B and I have your dog', after a friend shared it on Facebook. And, I was completely taken in and aback by it.
The short story about a neglected, abused senior dog - nicknamed 'Cathy' by the kill shelter she wound up in before being adopted by her owner/family - is perfectly heartwarming, informative, and above all else - kind...even during the parts the author talks about the neglect and abuse Cathy endured.
The author doesn't speak ill of the previous owner - not even one insult - only communicates Cathy's triumphs over the abuse they had put her through...starvation, cigarette burns, etc. That, to me, had to have been tough to do - but it's so powerful.
I don't know about you, but it's hard to not want to call people who abuse animals every name in the book. And, I'll admit that I have resorted to disparaging remarks when an animal abuse story popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, even though I know it does zero good, and is basically a waste of energy. I think it's easy to get sucked in to the reports of the horrific things people do/don't do to animals, and let it affect your mood. I mean, I can't listen to Sarah McLachlan's music, even on the radio.
But, Cathy's story, and the way it was written - coming from a place of pure positivity and love - is pretty inspirational.
It's sticking to me like peanut butter to the inside of a Kong.