I land in San Antonio and my sister picks me up. I am dressed up wearing my favorite black sweater and my Russian winter coat with dress shoes. We hug, I say “hi” and “I love you” then she responds with, “I love you too, by the way, you are wearing way too nice of clothes because we are about to pick up a foster dog.”
Now I am all for saving a life or two especially a puppy but at least let me know beforehand not to wear nice clothes! Especially my favorite sweater! One of my biggest pet peeves (no pun intended) is I can not stand animals that shed! I despise random hairs all over the place! I don’t want to own a lint roller and I like clothes too much.
We pick up the filthy little guy and he sheds so much my black coat is now shimmering with long strands of white and dirty dog hairs! He claws my arms, he snags my clothes and his breath is worse than mine in the morning!
He is so excited to see someone and he can tell his life was just saved. We take him for a bath and of course we get him all soapy and wet and what does he do… he shakes… he shakes off all the water and soap off his body like he had fire ants biting him.
I am now soaking wet, smell like wet dog and these are my nicest clothes I brought with me.
I am a little annoyed at this time because I only have enough clothes for this trip and no lent roller! But then I look at the face of the puppy we just saved and you can tell he is smiling. He is so happy and if he could say sorry he would but he just can’t stop thinking about how much better it is to have a bath then be in the pound.
My sweater is almost ruined and I can’t stop smelling dog breath but my day was perfect. Even though I was surrounded by pets who added to my pet peeve, I got to spend time with my sister and save a puppy’s life. We are now sitting on the couch watching comedy central and about to go for a walk.
I learned a valuable speaking lesson from my sister today. She fosters dogs because they need help. They need our support and for us to speak up for them. Without us, many of them would never be saved.
There are people, environments and animals out there that need you to stick up for them. They can’t use their voice. That need you to stand up and speak out on their behalf. You might have power or prestige or money or a following and if you use your voice to make a difference, think of the things you can change in the world?
Keep speaking up and doing nice things for those who need it most. Even though you might get a little dirty or some hair on you, it could save a life and make someone else’s even better!
Question: What is your favorite kind of dog and why?