Last week I introduced you all to Zelda- a dog whose life changed so many other lives for the better. And now upon her passing, her influence remains very much alive through the efforts of her grieving human best friend.
While Zelda's rescuer is feeling all of the despair and sadness that comes naturally after such a loss, he is also doing something very fitting and constructive in tribute to Ms. Z.
The Dirty Dog Squad, originally founded because of Zelda, now seeks to help even more dogs in need. The Zelda Foundation has been created to continue Zelda's positive influence on others. The foundation's focus is on helping to save senior dogs and those who have been given up due to special needs- the dogs that find themselves suddenly alone and scared with no way to show the world the amazing gifts that remain for anyone willing to open their heart and take a chance on them.
This tribute is so fitting - Zelda's life influenced an otherwise cautious human, to step up on her behalf, and by doing so, he defined himself and his mission. Now in Zelda's absense, he is providing other humans with a way to step up and connect to something bigger than themselves.
The foundation in her name offers compassionate humans and special dogs like Zelda a chance to find one another - a chance that is otherwise against the odds, yet holds the promise to reveal just what that dog and that human needs for each to flourish.
Grief leaves us fragile but it also creates fertile soil for new growth. I am heartened to see new signs of life taking root in the space left by Zelda's passing. Her positive influence on others remains alive and well.
Dr. Pia Salk