The story of a dog named Georgie, the strength of a friend and some good, old-fashioned teamwork.
Hello friends! It is the end of a long, emotional few days -- but ones that have me reflecting on the value of our fellow creatures, humans included. My recent adventures began with efforts to secure the safety of one previously unlucky dog whose time was up at a Los Angeles municipal shelter. It is these efforts that have served to remind me of my connection to other humans and the power of collaboration.
Georgie, a gentle Rottweiler-pit bull mix, was slated to be put to sleep one morning early this week. I had been circulating his photo and plea for adoption for weeks, but no one had stepped up. Many rescue groups wanted to help but were too overwhelmed with multiple animals in the same circumstances.
Georgie needed an advocate, and for whatever reason, he crossed my path. I was trying to help him, but as my efforts were not yielding any results, I felt discouraged and so very sad for Georgie. I sent a final plea and soon found I would not have to give up on Georgie!
The despair that threatened to overwhelm my efforts was replaced by the strength of good friend -- the kind of strength that keeps us on-task and moving toward our goals. Adrienne provided me that strength, as she often does, and I love her for it. She helped me assemble a team of people to help Georgie, each one providing a step in his journey toward a forever home. Thanks, my friend!
So I guess today, while I am sharing the story of one very resilient dog, I am also writing about friendship, dedication, and teamwork. While I can’t ignore the fact that Georgie is only one of many who need and deserve help, I am no less grateful we were able to save this sweet soul!
This holiday season, I urge you all to take time to think of the friends, family, colleagues and others who support your love of animals. Convey your thanks to them, whether it’s your landlord who allows pets, your vet who takes extra care with your furry kids, a local rescue who helps needy animals in the community, or the guy you see each say diligently feeding the pigeons. Let them know you appreciate them.
In a world that does not always value our fellow creatures, these friends are true gifts -- to humans and non-humans alike!
Happy holidays to all of you and your 2, 3 and 4 leggers!
May 2010 be a year full of kindness and compassion for every soul on Earth.
Dr. Pia Salk
P.S. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in adopting Georgie, contact The Kris Kelly Foundation.
Thanks also to Margo's Bark Rootbeer