Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Remember Stanley? "Just One Dog..."

Remember this? It was a tough video to watch, to make it through to the good stuff.  I know for me, when I adopt a dog from a shelter, the faces of the dogs I don't take remain with me for months, even years in some cases. So seeing that the point of the video was just to save "one dog" was going to be hard to watch no matter what the outcome. It's as though so much goodness goes into one single act, and yet you know there is still so much to be done and that those outcomes are not all going to be good. Life is hard that way.

Background: (from Stanley's Facebook page. Yes, Stanely has a Facebook fan page.)
Stanley touched the hearts of thousands when a video of his rescue (Camp Cocker) from a shelter in L.A. hit the internet on Christmas 2009.
Here is a piece on him from Respect-A-Bull that gives the whole story.

Well, here's our boy today! His person has some pictures up on Facebook.  When Stanley was rescued from the shelter, he had mange, a double eye infection (which had to be operated on), he had only 24 hours to live, and he was really down in the dumps. He had basically given up, which is why the person who rescued him ended up taking him in. That person, who adopted him out, was there to take in another dog (a cocker spaniel) and she just wanted to do one more thing to help another dog. The result was that Stanley's life was saved. May God always bless Cathy Stanley of Camp Cocker.

One of the many t-shirts I wear when I walk the dogs at my local shelter is one that has Stanley's picture on it.