Yesterday night, after Brianna and George went to bed exhausted by a day of fun and games, I returned to the computer to check my messages. There wasn’t much in my inbox that was worth sharing with the world, apart from a little video that one of my friends found on YouTube and send to me thinking that I might like it. Well, she was wrong, I didn’t like it. I loved it!
Although it does not employ any special effects or fancy filming techniques, this short footage is heart-moving and the perfect follow-up to yesterday’s post. It concentrates on a ‘special-needs’ dog and is a wonderful example of unconditional love between a human and their pet.
There are many ways in which this video moves me. First it is the fact that the poor dog is blind. We already know that life is not fair and nobody – human or animal – should have to live with a disability like that. But there is more. There is the act of taking on such a dog in the first place. Is it courage? Is it pity? Is the woman crazy for giving it a chance?
I personally don’t know many people who would consider bringing a disabled pet into their family. OK, we’ve already talked about imperfections and we all agreed that they don’t matter and we love our pets the way they are. But this is different. With a dog like this you have to adapt your life to their needs. Would we be willing to do that? Accidents can happen to our pets at any time and we could find ourselves in this situation. I think we’re all prepared to deal with it if we had to. But would we take this burden upon ourselves knowing that there’s a problem?
And then there’s the dog’s appetite for life which brings tears to my eyes. Good tears. I don’t recall having seen such a happy dog very often. Not only is he oblivious of his affliction, but he’s got an adventurous nature and likes to explore the outdoors. He’s learnt how to overcome the darkness and make use of his other assets. With too many of us unable to deal with their own or other people’s physical disabilities, this little dog teaches us a lesson of acceptance and strength. A lesson about how to enjoy life the way you are, the best you can.
I can’t think of a more positive message and a better start to my week!