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I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Update 07Apr2009:
The author of this wonderful piece just left a message in he comments section. I apologize for not knowing who the author was. Lack of research on my part as I just picked it up from another web page.

"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 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."


Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2009 Rescue Me Dog;

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  1. 3 comments: Responses to “ I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen ”

  2. By marjorie on Jan 11, 2009, 9:11:00 PM

    nakakaiyak naman(i rescued a human today)naalala ko si noah aso ko bigay lang siya sa akin 8 years old na siya last dec 28 namatay sya bigla nalang hiningal ng sobra kinabukasan nkita ko nalang sya nakahiga wala ng buhay.sad but i need to move on with my other 8 cats pero gusto ko pong mag ampon mula sa PAWS nameet ko na si RENO natouch ako sa story nya so sana magiging Mommy nya soon:)

  3. By fox on Jan 18, 2009, 7:50:00 PM

    so sad to hear about your dog.. :( use it as an inspiration to help other animals; welcome to paws!!

  4. By Anonymous on Apr 7, 2009, 2:04:00 PM

    Author: Janine Allen


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