I have a soft spot for animals. I always have. It's something that I've passed on to my daughters and I think even my son - though he doesn't manifest it the same way I do.
We will see stray animals all the time, roaming near the school or in our neighborhood, or at the grocery store, but usually I have to remind my kids that even though we want to save every animal out there - we simply cannot do it. It's hard, but we have to walk away wondering if that animal ever gets safety or shelter.
When we met Cookie though, the circumstances were different. I actually witnessed a man abandoning her - just so he wouldn't have to care for her anymore. After watching him leave her in the parking long at Fry's, I did something I didn't think I'd ever have the courage to do...I chased him down.
He admitted she was his dog, but that he was moving and couldn't take her with him. He said he was trying to "get rid of her" which I presume he wanted to do without being caught. Either way, I told him I'd take her and make sure she found a good home. He then told me he wanted $30.00 for her.
I then told him that no, I was not going to give him money for the dog. I would take her home, and if she didn't get along with my pets, I'd make sure she found a loving, forever family. I told him I had friends that work with Mayday Pitbull Rescue (she's partially a Pit Bull) and that I'd make sure they knew she needed a home.
I took her home.
She melted my heart immediately.
I washed at least two months worth of dirt and grime out of her coat, fed her, gave her some water...
And then it broke my heart to let her go.
An amazing fiend of mine took Cookie in, and is working with Mayday to find her a home. I simply couldn't keep her...we have no backyard yet and she's just not an inside dog.
Anyway, like I said, I'm an animal lover. I wish I could rescue them all - but I can't. From time to time I can do my part in assisting here and there, but mostly I can spread the word about caring for your pets. Sly and Summer are part of my family. I could never imagine leaving them in a parking lot to fend for themselves.
So, love your pets, help where you can - and if you have a minute, Check out Mayday Pit Bull Rescue and Recovery. They are an amazing organization that believes there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. You can find them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayday-Pit-Bull-Rescue-Advocacy/91321241159?ref=ts&sk=wall. Or - support your local animal shelter.