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I Rescued A Human Today
By Janine Allen

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 overworked 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.
bjpippin bjpippin
70+, M
Jan 2, 2014