His eyes met mine as he walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into our kennels. I felt his need instantly and knew I had to help him. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly so he wouldn’t be afraid.
As he stopped at my kennel, I blocked his view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want him to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want him to think poorly of them.
We all need to take a break from the obstacles in life we encounter daily. Some are easy while others often threaten ones own life or the lives of their loved ones. A failing economy, sickness, poor health care, and a society full of greed, corruption, crime and selfishness can make every day a challenge.
This is when we all need to see that there is compassion and humanity still in existence. Here are a few good acts done from the heart from one stranger to another.
An utterly mesmerizing video of a young man who rescued an injured baby hummingbird after it was attacked. He took the tiny and vulnerable bird in, fed it and raised to being an adult.
This video is truly magical especially when watching the hummingbird flit from one of his hands to the other, light as a feather with a natural poetic grace. It is almost as if the hummingbird shows love and adoration on it’s face when he is with the man. Just as parents love to capture video of their child’s first steps, in this video we get to see the hummingbird’s first flight, and first visit outside.
Beautiful video showing how Michael Fishbach, co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC), and a few others aboard their boat encounter a Humpback whale tangled in some netting.
Just so happens that a man fishing solo off of the Siesta Key Coast in the Gulf of Mexico was running a camcorder of his fishing. I am assuming it was to hopefully film a nice catch, and since he was fishing alone, he had to mount the camera and keep it running. Well, what he did not expect to catch was a dog… swimming alone and completely terrified.
Here is the story according to Huffington Post as well as the video taken by the fisherman: More…
Here is an excerpt from Michael Hingson, who is blind, about his faithful guide dog, Roselle, who led him down 78 flights of stairs in Tower One of the World Trade Center on that fateful date of 9/11/2001.
“It is strange for me to be writing this article while I have feelings of both sadness and joy in my heart. Nevertheless, it is something which must be done.
Just a fun, feel-good video I compiled of footage I took on the day my dogs went to work with me. The dog in the red coat is what is known as a “lethal white.” He was born completely deaf and blind in one eye, which is a typical result of merle-to-merle breedings in Australian Shepherds. The other dog is his mother. I rescued them as a pair. You will see me use several hand signals and touch commands with him, many are subtle. The most common is a tap on the nose is his command to sit.
This is completely outrageous and just flat out wrong! Fire officials in Alameda CA stood by and watched a man die in the ocean because their policies restricted them from entering the waters to save him. Even though I question whether or not the man died from suicide, as stated in this news video, that is irrelevant. Whatever his circumstances may have been, he entered the waters alive, struggled, and drowned. According to this feed, the fire officials stood by and watched. Regardless of what the policy stated, these officials placed the policy over the welfare and life of the drowning man? To hell with policy! Turn to your superior, tell them, “I am going in after this man, fire me if you have to,” and save his life!
Where have our sense of morals gone? I find this whole ordeal very disturbing.
PB & J Family Services, a 501c3 non-profit entity, has also provided a program, Heeling Hearts, at the New Mexico women’s prison in Grants NM where dogs are rescued from the Cibola County shelter and placed into the loving care of participating women in the prison. Here the dogs receive the love and attention they have lacked, as well as helping the women, many of which have lived a life of abuse and addiction, how to love once again – and sometimes for the first time in their life.
Heeling Hearts participated in the annual NM Humane Society’s Doggie Dash & Dawdle 2010 whose goal is to gain support for the dogs at the shelters within the state.
I volunteer with this program. If you would like more information or are interested in adopting a dog, please contact me directly. My contact is in the upper right corner of this site.
Here is a slideshow showing the booth provided by Heeling Hearts.