Nobody can ever question the power of what trust and unconditionally love can do to help transform these once defeated souls.
This is Zane. When he arrived from Egypt about a month or so ago he was broken. Didn’t make eye contact. Was so unsure of himself. Very shy and withdrawn.
Now, he is full of life! Runs, jumps, plays with toys, and is super confident. Instead of shrilling because of daily beatings at the hands of evil people (adults and children) he is now “talking” and gets so excited to be around people…and kids.
He is learning what it’s like to be a family member….and he’s only getting started. I canot wait to continue to follow his transformation once he gets into his forever home.
Some people have questioned why I am so dedicated to dogs when there are homeless people dying on the street and children getting abused every day. And to that I say, we all have many things we are passionate about and that’s what helps make the world go around. If we all dedicated our time to the same exact mission, nothing would get accomplished. It takes all kinds of people with all different passions to make the world a better place.
So, why am I sharing this?
Because we can learn from these beautiful creatures. Zane lived as a stray on the streets of Cairo his whole life. His past is traumatic with daily suffering from attacks by packs of dogs, to getting stoned by children, to being beaten with chains. While he may have initially brought some of that with him, it’s no longer a part of him. In a month’s time he has left his past where it belongs – in the past – and has now come to appreciate the present and the moment. He is becoming the dog he knows he can be! He just needed a little guidance.
We, as human beings, need to do the same thing. We need to let go of our traumatic pasts. We need to let go of disappointments we’ve experienced from people and circumstances. We need to realize life is complicated but also beautiful at the same time. We need to forgive those we need to forgive to live a better life for ourselves. And we can do that all with a little guidance.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “You only live once”. But for me, I will only die once and thus have the opportunity to live every day!
Zane has truly touched my heart and my soul with his resilience and I just felt compelled to share with all of you. He has shown me that there are no excuses. When given a chance to do better and to be better there is no reason not to capitalize on that.
Go out today (and every day) and make a difference in someone’s life – all by starting with your own.