“I rescued a human today”
This poem has been making the email rounds of late — most often without the name of its author attached, and frequently labeled as anonymous.
It was written by Janine Allen, a professional dog trainer for 25 years who is on the staff of Rescue Me Dog, a California and Wyoming based organization that provides education and training for rescued pets and their owners.
Allen received a degree in exotic animal training and management from Moorpark College and spent several years as a wildlife researcher, zookeeper and a birds-of-prey trainer/presenter. She has served as a humane educator in public schools, raised Guide Dog puppies and trained miniature horses for entertainment venues.
Here’s the poem:
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 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.
I rescued a human today.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 20th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, animal shelter, animals, dog, dogs, i rescued a human, janine allen, kennel, poem, pound, rescue, rescue me dog, shelter, story, vignette