Today I’m loaning this blog out to my friend Bean for what I think is a good cause. I met Bean on the RedvsBlue.com fansite where she was posting segments of the story she was working on (I’m still waiting on you finish that thing, Bean). Bean is a retired Army NCO, and disabled veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She currently resides with her family in rural Linn County of Oregon, and has transitioned from soldier to small farmer and director of the efforts of Linn Benton Doberman Rescue. She comes from a long line of warriors and soldiers, and, as you will soon see she has a special fondness for Dobermans. What follows is a blog post she originally made on RedvsBlue.com.
First off, my apologies for sharing this horrible photo. I’ve wrestled with whether or not I wanted to post this for a few days now, but I finally decided that hey, this is awful, but it shouldn’t be swept under the rug.
I know that there are horrible things going on, all over the world. Travesties, atrocities, and violations both physical, spiritual, and mental occur hourly against people, and while I understand the basic principles of human rights activists, I just can’t quite call up the conviction to join them. No matter how hard I try, I just don’t really see anything particularly innocent about human beings. While I can feel great sympathy for the things that some of them survive, it generally takes a personal connection for me to feel as if I should act on their behalf. It isn’t that I lack compassion, I just generally tend to save it for those who truly didn’t do anything to bring about their own misfortune. Well, most times, that really only applies to animals. Which is probably why I’ve gotten so damn fired up about what happened to this poor guy here.
Meet Miracle. He may look dead, but he somehow is hanging on, by a thread, to life on a world where nobody wanted him. Starved, abused, and then abandoned in an alleyway, he was brought in to the Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus on the verge of breathing his last gasp.
Most shelters would have put him down, on the spot. IDR+ chose to try to save this guy. In just a few days, he’s gone from too weak to lift his head, so dehydrated his eyeballs were completely sunken in beyond view, to this:
In under a week, Miracle went from 30lbs to 51lbs. The average male Doberman weighs 70-110lbs. Miracle may be gaining weight, but he isn’t out of the woods yet. Starvation in dogs can do the same things as starvation in humans. It can cause permanent organ damage, neurological conditions, and, of course, there’s the mental scars of having survived this sort of neglect and abuse. Yet, here it is, days later, and not only is Miracle now standing up and taking his first steps, he even wagged his gaunt little nub of a tail! Despite the wretched condition he was left in, he still shows affection for his saviors.
This is why I support animal rescue and rehabilitation. This is why I love Dobermans, and why I’ve been dedicating so much time and effort to Linn Benton Doberman Rescue. I’m proud to say that some of the first acts of LBDR have been to coordinate fund raising efforts for Miracle. While he may be at a different rescue, all the way across the country, he’s still a shining example of the heart, tenacity, and courage which so exemplifies the Doberman breed. Even if he were a Pekingnese, I’d have felt compelled to help. We’ll probably never know who did this to the dog, and honestly, this situation plays out every day all across the planet. It happens to animals of all types, even humans. However, while I may not be able to improve the plight of every suffering thing around, I’ll be damned if I’ll ignore those situations that do come to my attention.
If any of you feel the same impulse I did, or just want to know about Miracle, please go to: Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus.
And now it’s me again. I have to say, I never felt much of an affinity for Doberman’s before I met Bean, but if I know one thing it’s this: passion is contagious. And Bean is certainly passionate about her cause.
It has been said that dogs are mans best friend. Now it’s time to return the favor. If you can help, please do. If you can’t, at least say a little prayer for Miracle.