“Bless the Beasts and the Children, for in this world they have no voice – They have no choice.
Bless the Beasts and the Children for the world can never be the world they see.
Light their way when the darkness surrounds them. Give them Love – let it shine all around them.
Bless the Beasts and the Children, give them shelter from the storm. Keep them safe, keep them warm. “
~ music and lyrics by: Perry Botkin Jr. & Barry DeVorzon
performed by: The Carpenters
Those of you who know me – or who have gotten to know me on my blog – know that I have a few hot button issues – not least of which are personal responsibility and accountability. I also am passionate about advocating for children, folks with special needs, and animal rescue. So let me tell you about Jack. Jack is a lab mix who came to be adopted by my co-worker and her husband via the local animal shelter. Jack has a horrific back story and was SEVERELY abused throughout his short life. He came to my friends a few months ago, skeletal, and scared to death. Jack is a lovely, beautiful dog who has filled out nicely since going home with his new Mom and Dad. They love him to pieces. However Jack suffers from severe PTSD due to what he has endured. – I wonder if hell is hot enough for those “people” who abused him to burn in?- and I’m thinking there’s no way it can be after what they did to Jack. (and there I go with responsibility and accountability again…)
My friends are working closely with their vet and an animal behaviorist, but Jack has had a setback. He got startled the other day and all the great strides he’s been making – like being able to be leashed to go outside (his former owners beat him with one); accepting being petted, etc have gone by the wayside. He’s a hot mess and I feel so terribly for him and for my friends, who can barely get near him. She actually has to leave the room so Jack will go to his dish and eat his food. He’s absolutely petrified of the world now, and I think they are wondering if they can help him. They’re not giving up on him, and they’re certainly not blaming him. His behavior issues are not his fault by any stretch. And that my friends, is the difference between responsible caring HUMAN BEINGS and slimy pieces of filth that should be rotting away in prison somewhere.
Sadly, we have all too often seen that animal abuse does not carry anywhere near the penalties deserved. They have no voice, and cannot defend themselves against the monstrous cruelties inflicted on them. It is our duty to create that safe, warm and loving environment where our pets, our children – all those we are responsible for – can flourish and grow. In Jack’s case – I sincerely hope and pray its not too late. So before you go to sleep tonight – say a little prayer for Jack, and for all the voiceless who are enduring the unendurable right now. May they all find loving homes and caring Moms and Dads to put them back together again.
- Reasons to Adopt from Animal Shelters (theconstantscribbler.wordpress.com)