Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I Rescued a Human Today

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.
I rescued a human today.

 by Janine Allen


  1. Beautiful/I am so PROUD of my granddaughter JENI .She
    is the Best thing a lost or mistreated Dog can find. She is truly one with the animals

  2. One of the most touching things I've read in a long time! Thank you for writing what we all feel.

  3. Oh so beautiful! thanks for sharing your love!

  4. This is wonderful :) A fabulous way to look at things!

  5. I just felt that feeling all over again. That's how it was with Frida, she continues to progress, truly she was the savior.

  6. You brought tears to my eyes, and a tug at my heartstrings. Thank you...

  7. How very wonderful. Brought tears to my eyes.

  8. I have many rescues and I get that feeling and shed a tear over what they must have been thru and what they are feeling until I get them home and show them the love in the house. There is no better feeling or reward than rescuing a dog or cat, or pig.

  9. What a beautiful poem. It describes my experience of my sweet Chihuahua, D'Angelo who rescued me in 2005. My life has forever changed for the better. :-)

  10. Tears of joy for both of them..beauitiful