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“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.


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time November 21, 2008 at 8:20 pm

John, you’re killin’ us! Yeah, many of us shed tears at these couple paragraphs…Especially those of us who have adopted dogs from pounds and shelters and foster homes, or just brought in from the street and kept. We just wanna bring them ALL home with us, but there is always ONE who wraps around us and makes that extraordinary, special connection. We need to KEEP sending the message that there are MANY pups and dogs of all ages and breeds and backgrounds out there to fulfill our wants and desires in a pet. Thanks for this….