Monthly Archives: October 2011

Heart of a Warrior

What can one person do to make a difference in this world? This is what I wondered today as I walked the dogs at the Placer SPCA.  I love my volunteer position as dog walker. Most days,  I keep my heart girded up with courage and strength so that I can focus on pouring out love and joy to their precious souls. Today was not one of those days. Today, my heart was extra sensitive to the sadness and fear I heard in their cries. I looked in the eyes of each dog waiting in their kennel for someone to come walk them. All of them, at the very least, are sad. Many of them have an empty look in their eyes – broken in spirit. I pondered the heartbreaking realities of their suffering and felt ashamed to be a part of the human species that created it. I thought about how the homeless pet problem is mountain-sized. The magnitude of how many dogs and cats thrown away each day as if they are garbage is overwhelming. This enormous problems is like a Giant that cannot be defeated. I said to myself, “Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just walk away from this? What can I do against this Giant? It’s too big and besides that, it hurts too much to look at it.” My efforts seem insignificant – so, why not walk away? Out of sight, out of mind… Driving home I thought of Wanda, a 3 year old Pit Bull mix who loves to snuggle. Every time I take her into the play area, she jumps up on the bench waiting for me to sit with her for snuggle time. Sweet Tyson, a 9 year old Boxer mix with kind eyes and a big smile. My heart hurts especially for the older dogs; their chances of adoption are diminished by their age. I thought of all the great dogs waiting patiently to be loved and given a home. Yes, I see their sadness and despair – and yet when they see me or one of the other … Continue reading

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