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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Leave It" Challenge and My Crazy Dog Friends

My Stray Rescue friends and I have a Facebook page with about 90 members where we share pictures, exchange advice and sometimes vent. The posts range from funny to downright bizarre (think dog poop). We get together for Happy Hour once a month with a turn out of 20-30 people. Several members are seriously involved in rescue, so just about every day someone on our page is saving a dog from death who is about to be euthanized due to lack of space in a shelter or rescuing a dog tied to a tree in a backyard without food, water or shelter. We all pitch in by contributing money, offering to transport, foster, or knock on someone's door with an offer to pay for a neglected dog, with some made up story about a dog once loved who looks just like theirs.  We've driven around searching for each other's lost dogs and cross posted for dogs found. We've done it all. I LOVE our group. 

I also love the Star Thrower story, which epitomizes what we do and the fact that we can't save them all (See bold type):
Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
Besides saving dogs, we also have a TON of fun on our page.  Here's an example:  

One member posted a picture of her foster dog performing the "leave it" command with his absolute favorite treat in the whole world....

Huber - Pizza Leave It
Next thing you know, everyone started posting their dogs...

Scarlett - Lion's Choice Hamburger Leave It

Banker - Popcorn Leave It

Hannah - Cheese Leave It

Canada - Cheeto Leave It

This is my favorite!!! Ellie - Double Paw Hot dog Leave It

Aries - Milkbone Leave It

Gamble - Turkey Leave It
Huber (again) - Cheeseburger Leave It

Wojo - Cheeseburger Leave It

Murphy - Marshmallow Leave It
Stella - PBJ sandwich crust Leave It
Vinnie - Double Paw Meatloaf Leave It
Sydney - Pretzel Leave It
Even Combo participated...

Combo - Beefy Treat Leave It
 And then it started getting a little ridiculous....

Lisa - Carb Leave It

Etta - Milkbone Leave It with a little help from Photoshop

(Apparently Etta hasn't quite mastered "leave it," but her dad didn't want her to feel left out)
There you have crazy dog friends.


Lynette said...

Can you teach my dogs to "leave it"? I have poorly mannered dogs!

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