The desire to see animals treated with more compassion – more as living creatures, than things – lies with educating society’s children.
A young boy, participating in a national arts program known as “Reflections” did his part to not only change the life of a shelter dog, but to inspire others to consider adoption.
Please enjoy this 10 yr-old’s inspiring Reflections submission:
If it wasn’t for Reflections, Sally wouldn’t have this story. Sally is a giant Saint Bernard who lived in a small cage at the animal shelter. Her name wasn’t always Sally but I will tell you how she got that name.
I was taking pictures for my Reflections project at the animal shelter on October 1, 2010 when I saw the big, giant Saint Bernard. I thought she was a cool, big, giant dog. A big dog should not be in such a small cage. She looked dirty and wet. I asked my mom if we could get her but she said, “No.”
My mom emailed her friend who has a rescue and she said that she would call the Saint Bernard rescue. Then we went and saw her to see if she liked kids. We went to the shelter in one of the play yards and she really liked me. We gave her treats and she knows how to sit and lay down when you tell her. Then my mom went and groomed her so she wasn’t so dirty and matted. After that she looked a lot better. Since she likes kids the rescue said they might already have a home for her. The rescue lady told me to give her a name and since it is October and almost Halloween I thought of the movie ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and one of the main characters is Sally. So I named her Sally but the story is not over yet.
We went back a couple more times to walk Sally around the park until October 7, 2010. That was the day that we went and got Sally out of that tiny cage. The lady from the Saint Bernard rescue came and picked her up from the shelter and that was the last time I saw Sally.
I am very happy that she will have a home soon. If you want to get a dog do not buy one from a puppy mill, adopt one from a shelter or a rescue.
Sally was adopted just 2 weeks ago. A young boy took the time to see her. A young boy took the time to write about her. A young boy helped to save her life.
Thank you to the Rennie Family for sharing this inspiring story.
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