A HUMAN TODAY
Her eyes met mine as she walked
down the corridor peering apprehensively
into the kennels. I felt her need instantly
and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly,
so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked
her view from a little accident I had
in the back of my cage.
I didn't want her to know that I hadn't
been walked today. Sometimes the
shelter keepers get too busy and I
didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped
that she wouldn't feel sad about my
past. I only have the future to look
forward to and want to make a
difference in someone's life.
She got down on her knees and made
little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my
shoulder and side of my head up
against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck;
she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I
raised my paw to assure her
that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her
smile was so bright that I instantly
jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything
I could to see that radiant smile
and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came
down my corridor. So many more
are out there who haven't walked
the corridors. So many more to be
saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today!