Ecclesiastes 9:4 KJV
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: For a living dog is better than a dead lion.
As the saying goes “dog is man’s best friend”, however when I realize just how many animals are abandoned, mistreated and destroyed it breaks my heart the way I imagine it breaks GOD’s heart to have us abandon, mistreat and destroy the special relationship HE has with us. I don’t think it’s any mistake that Adam named the dog after GOD.
Last winter as Robert and I were headed north by bus to attempt to see his Dad, we were surprised when the bus stopped in Gualala, CA on Friday evening and said, “See ya Monday!” It was storming pretty good and we had not planned on staying in Gualala, so we tried hitch hiking that night. In the rain. With no traffic northbound, and only a very wet and skinny German Shepherd running frantically south down the highway. We crossed the highway to the only business that looked open – a clerk from a motel was leaving her office when we surprised her with what I can only imagine looked like a drenched homeless couple with a skinny, drenched, big dog. When I asked her if she had a Humane Society or SPCA in town, I was afraid she may have thought the dog was ours and we were abandoning it. I convinced her to take the dog.
We christened the Gualala Post Office that stormy winter night, and started back hitch hiking next morning. Two gals approached us asking if we were the couple that found the dog – they worked at the Humane Society (right in front of us) and Elsa (the Shepherd) had escaped the night before. Turns out Elsa had been tied out on a rope for quite some time and a neighbor finally bought her in order to save her by bringing her to the Humane Society.
Robert and I returned to Gualala this summer. This time in the hopes we would revisit everyone we’d met that stormy winter weekend. We did, Elsa found a good home, and we were able to visit with the animals currently sheltered at Redwood Coast Humane Society. Mia is a beautiful Pit Bull who is the only female currently. They also have a pair of males one being a natural disaster rescue who is Black Lab and Dachshund mix.
Kumba & Lucky
Yup. Looks like the family dog Freddie. Hideous. Adorable. His name is Lucky and his best friend is named Kumba. They are a sweet pair and will need to be adopted as a pair. I pray they find a home. Actually, I spent quite a time praying for all the older kitties to find homes with warm fireplaces, cozy laps and big rocking chairs.
Minnie, Sadie, Magic and the others tend to have a harder time finding homes because the are older. Big yards and loyal owners are my prayers for the dogs. They have a literal junkyard dog that stole my heart. I renamed him immediately Leroy Brown. He is a smaller, Brendal Pit Bull and is incredibly sweet – ironic really. I guess I can see why he’d lose his job as a junkyard dog, shame he’d end up in a shelter because of a bad career choice. Goes to show it can happen to anyone. Robert and I have vowed not to take a pet until we have a vehicle – despite many travelers out there who have them – I don’t think it’s fair to the pet. Though Leroy Brown seemed so happy go lucky with everything in spite of being in a shelter, he’d be the dog if it were to happen as he’d travel well. It may be a sign that every single picture I attempted to take of Leroy came out blank. That, and I can’t stop singing “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown.”
Here’s a video I found where someone else summed it up beautifully.