The Crankee Yankee and I were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time a few months ago. We were out shopping, and were just getting out of the car when a van pulled up across from us. As it did, several people got out of their cars, smiling and laughing. The van was a transport for lost dogs found in a southern state (sorry, can’t remember which one) after a tremendous tornado had torn a town apart.
Once the dust settled, no owners had came forward to claim these dogs, so they were rounded up and taken to a no-kill shelter, where they were bathed and fed. Any wounds they had were seen to, and the kind staff there put in many hours helping these poor lost dogs trust people again.
Once people in the Northeast heard about these dogs, there were more than enough loving people who wanted to adopt them and give them a chance at a new, good life. We watched as the reunion between dogs and new owners took place. One by one, the shelter folks brought out the dogs in their carriers. The owners unlocked the carriers and hugged and kissed their new pets. All the dogs seemed healthy and strong, and acted deliriously happy to be out of their carriers and into the arms of their new families.
One pitbull mix female nearly turned herself inside out with joy as she wriggled in her new mom’s arms, all the while licking her face. Two small brown and white spotted dogs were repeatedly running around a happy toddler, who was laughing his head off. A black lab, obviously older as his muzzle was grayish, leaned into the arms of his new master, a young man who was holding back his tears as he hugged his new friend.
It was a wonderful moment in time. These dogs, who had somehow survived a horrific tornado now had a new chance at life and would be cared for and loved for the rest of their lives. That experience put a shine on our day as nothing else could have. Like many of the new owners, we were fighting tears of happiness to witness such joy.
Believe it–there are miracles and acts of kindness everywhere. Sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time to see it.