This is the time we all look back and wonder where the days and hours went. At the beginning of last year one thing was certain, a pet figured prominently in our life. As we see the year through the pet’s eyes and look at a world of compassion and understanding. We all know what a pet wants when they come into our life; and it has little to do with wealth or affluence and so much more to do with emotion and compassion.
Looking back through 2012, let’s remember all the positive ways pets have touched our lives. Looking at the joy and warmth on a firefighter’s face as he pull that puppy out of the storm drain and found it was still alive. Or the family who had lost a child from their backyard; search and rescue looked for two days and finally found the child warm, dry, hungry but safe due to the protection of the family dog who kept him from the stream that ran through the neighborhood. How wonderful to see the tears of joy on the Marine’s face when his specially trained dog kept him save from the harmful feelings of PTSD.
We all know of stories like these, and we read or hear of them but it seems they only last a short time in our mind and heart. While watching the Compassionate Golden Retrieves in Newtown, CT; I was reminded of how little we think an animal brings into our lives and the truth of how overpowering their presence can be for us. As we look back on this year, let’s all think of how much good animals bring into our lives and how we can help.
December 31, 2012 is not too late to contribute to Hero Dogs for our military members (www.herodogs.org ) Jennifer Lund would love to hear from you; or Homeward Pets Rescue (www.homewardpet.org ) Terri would also love to hear from you. By contributing today, your contribution will be tax deductible for 2012. Both of these organizations bring quality and care to pets and people, what a great way to start a New Year. If you cannot afford to contribute, send an email and ask how you can help. There are ways each and every one of us can help.
Happy New Year