Sometimes you start you day with a strange disposition only to have something happen that makes you realize how stupid it was.
At the OKC Animal Shelter a dog named Jack has been my adoption projection for a little over a week now. Yesterday he was adopted later in the afternoon, this morning he came back because the adopter wasn’t able to understand or wasn’t educated in a way that allowed her to be comfortable with him. Jack is a sweet boy but scared. He has not had a good time and the shelter is making his timidity worse.
He needs someone without kids and no other dogs. Someone who can walk him and build his confidence. I started to boil inside when it came to sink in that he was back. I know he will be a good dog because he is extremely smart. He is also full of this great energy that makes him a great fit for someone wanting to have a fun dog. One that will play fetch, go on long hikes/walks/runs.
As that began to eat at me, I remembered another part of my day; working with the blind pit Wally. He is an amazing creature. Something that should inspire people everywhere and make people rethink how they view their outlook on life. He is a good boy but he cannot see. He gets frustrated just like we would when he can’t make sense of things. He is strong. He is happy. He loves playing tug-o-war and he loves walks. He is so smart with his little nose and ears. Nothing will trick this little guy.
The truth is these two dogs made me realize something. We will always be scared of something and unsure. It takes courage to walk up and face that challenge. Whether its a new place in life or a treat in a strange hand. We will always have to overcome adversity and nothing is harder than adjusting. Dogs don’t think or feel like we do. They cannot, so we should not feel that way for them. It doesn’t help them. We should look on in wonder. Wally is blind but acts like a normal dog. He just needs a little time and has such a good time once he is comfortable. Jack is scared of the world because he doesn’t know his place, but once you remind him that he is a dog and should love playing, he does just that. Their strength can help build up your own. I felt better knowing how great these dogs are. I felt better knowing I could help them. I felt better because they didn’t care about their situation, they just felt loved. I feel loved. So I’m happy.