Sunday, August 15, 2010

A small package with a big heart

"How old are you?" I asked, incredulously.
She is sixteen. At age sixteen this young lady found a boxer
Which she regretfully relinquished to animal control. Minutes before he was to be euthanized, she talked her parents into letting her save him. Despite friends insisting this scared, unfriendly dog was not worth the trouble and would never become anything of worth, she began training him for agility. He entered the unofficial agility match 3 days ago, surrounded by dogs and people and finished the course, wagging his tail.
The young lady, with a heart as old and as big as the mountains then talked her 4 H group into starting a foster/ rescue group for dogs. She found a vet willing to vaccinate and neuter the dogs for free. She is on a personal campaign to stop the knee-jerk prejudice against "bully breeds".
"It's not fair to the dogs," she told me,"It's not their fault. It is the stupid owners. "
She didn't use the word "stupid" however. Her kindness and grace is only equalled by her vision and commitment to help creatures that are helpless.
There are a lot of champions at the agility trial. Many dogs
there have title after title after their names. Lots of fine people there do on a small scale what this young lady with a massive vision is accomplishing.
But I am giving the most covetted award to that teenager- Most Compassionate and most
Likely to exemplify the Love of God award. And maybe I will have to give it to her whole 4 H group and the wonderful leaders who saw that loving unloved dogs was the perfect vehicle to train young people to reach beyond themselves.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

- Nothing is impossible with God


  1. I love it is sooo cute.I gave the blog adress to a lot of people in 4-h to look at tonight.I think i will start a blog on juniour handeling and hopefully spread the word.Tell everyone you know about it please.

  2. I sure will, just give me your blog address when you get it going. Wonderful idea!