I find myself just sick with sadness today.  I woke up and checked Facebook and saw that two friends are trying to find homes for abandoned dogs they have found.  The past few week have been full of similar posts on numerous sites I follow.  To top if it off, some one posted a picture of a dog with the upper part of its face blown off.  It was the result of kids putting a high-powered fire cracker in it's mouth!!  I can never unsee that image and I have been thinking about it all day.  I know that sometimes people cannot keep the pets they have brought into their lives. I will not condemn anyone who needs out of the life-long commitment they agreed to when they brought those pets home, but why the abuse?  Why the sheer abandonment?  Why would anyone throw away life so easily.  God gave us dominion over the land and animals as a blessing to us.  Why would we abuse that blessing so flippantly?  You can probably tell how heartsick I am today.  I am trying to remember all of the good people I have met on this site and others who give their time, give their money, open their homes to animals in need.  Today I will have to hug my dogs and my sweet family who love them as much as I do.  I will have to pray that animals abused are taken out of their suffering.  I will have a very hard time not asking for those that harm them to begin suffering.  I am not their judge.  

Thanks for listening.  Cindi

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Comment by Joanna, Rainy and Calvin on January 13, 2012 at 11:02am

I understand how you feel.  I feel the same way often.  I can't imagine how anyone could give up a pet, despite hardships.  When I got sick, my husband was the one who took over the care of the dog(s).  Without him, it would have been hard, but I would have found a way to take care of him.  I love him too much, and I made a commitment.  As for animal cruelty, I don't understand it.  If you don't like an animal, leave it alone.  I personally think life is cheap.  But you need to respect it for what it is...thought and feeling of another.  Animal or human...although humans are an animal too...the worst kinds in some cases.  But don't get too down please!  We love you!  And we need more people kije you around to make a difference in this world, even if it's just a difference to one dog, cat or other life that needs you! 

Comment by Vicki, Grace and Gizmo on January 12, 2012 at 9:33pm

Wow, that is a lot to take in for you in several weeks.   I agree that it is horrible what some people, kids can do to animals.  I read on the list yesterday some kid ran over and killed a corgi on purpose.   I had tears at the meaness and stupididty of it.   If you didn't care you would not feel this way.  I have seen your posts helping people since I joined.   You have encouraged many.  You are entitled to a low time too.   We all get that way.  I'll pray for you. and you  continue to hug your loved ones and dogs.  The good people like you make dealing with lifes uglys a better world. Thanks for your post and feelings. Vicki 

Comment by Zigward & Kimberly on January 12, 2012 at 2:28pm

i dont know why it wont paste in one comment, but it wouldnt haha.. sorry about that!

Comment by Zigward & Kimberly on January 12, 2012 at 2:26pm

I couldn't even move from the weight of her!  But she always cheered me up.  She would constantly check on the baby or lay at his feet like she was protecting him.   I put him in a jolly jumper and Angel would lay at his feet while he jumped on her.  She would even sleep as he crawled on her, pulled at her ears ect.  she was definitely a gentle giant. 

  Then one day she got out and ran,......I couldn't find her and was very panicky when suddenly a phone call came in.  It was a very nice man who had picked her up and he said he was going to drop her off.  Well he did drop her off and the nice man and I have been together ever since. 

 This Angel saved my life...if she hadn't came into my life when she did I may not be here today to share this story.  I believe all dogs are angels...no matter how big or small or breed.  They love you unconditionally, and always seem to know when you need them most.  I still have my "big girl"   and now my family lives on an acreage where she can run free...and guess what?  She DOESN'T chase the cattle!!

Deanna

Comment by Zigward & Kimberly on January 12, 2012 at 2:25pm

awh:[

i know what you mean. i have a couple things to do with animal abuse in my head that i cant let myself think too closely about or i have a breakdown/panic attack. it gets really hard a lot because i have to put forward an effort to not let these things consume me, or its all i would think about..

i hope you feel better soon, cindi. ill pass on a good news pet story! (its copy and pasted:P!)

"Hi.   I have a dog story that is special to me because I believe it saved my life.  I was trying to deal with depression, anxiety and social phobia.   I was at a very low point in my life, I had just gave birth to a new baby, I already had 2 other children, and I couldn't leave the house. 

 Also when my new baby was only a week old I found out that his father wasn't who he said he was (but that's another story).  Anyways, I was sitting on the couch in the little house I was renting, crying my eyes out which  had become a regular event.  I was holding my son and wondering what I was going to do, I felt so sad and alone extremely depressed, and felt useless to my children and was even considering "taking myself out of the picture". 

I began to pray, I prayed for an angel to help me, to guide me, to make my life better.  I then put my son to bed and then cried myself to sleep. 

The next morning I woke with an unexplainable urge...I was anxious and excited and I could not get the thought of going to the Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A.) out of my mind.  I tried to quit thinking about it as another "being" in the house is just more work but I couldn't, I had to go! 

 I got a friend to watch my kids and I drove to the SPCA.  As soon as I pulled up a bunch of dogs came out into their runs, they were bouncing and whining and barking...all except one.  She was the most beautiful dog I had ever seen, she was huge but I couldn't take my eyes off her.  She too just sat staring at me sitting there in the car.  I don't remember what any of the other dogs looked like...I don't think I even took notice of them except all the noise and commotion they were making. 

 I got out of the car and couldn't help but smile at her...her ears pricked up and she cocked
her head to the side. I went into the building and asked what kind of dog she was.  I was told a 2 year old Lab/St. Bernard cross (so you can imagine the size).  She said normally they would give a big dog like that to a farm but because she chases cattle (which was the reason she was there), they wanted someone in the city to adopt her...plus she seemed more of an indoor dog.   

 Well we went into the back where the pens were and I walked straight over to this beautiful golden brown/white girl.  I couldn't get over her size!  She was huge!  I reached into the little hole of the pen and she came up and flipped my hand onto her head with her nose.  I laughed at this, she was strong, but yet so gentle.  She wasn't jumping or barking just sitting there happy to have my hand on her head. 

That's when I saw it...just above eye level was a little name tag...I had to look twice because it shocked me...but yes there it was her name and it was ANGEL!!  I knew at that moment it was meant to be.  I said I want her, I want to take her home with me now. 
 

And so it was done, there she was, this "gentle giant" in my little house. 
It was like a miracle...suddenly I was out of the house everyday taking Angel for walks.  I felt safe for the first time in a long time.  And, I realized I was happier. 

 I still had moments of sadness of course but it was like Angel could sense them...she always came to me and put her head on my shoulder like she was giving me a hug...on particularly sad days if I was on the couch or my bed she'd get right up on my lap and curl up...I coul

Comment by Sandy Stickney on January 12, 2012 at 12:47pm

Hi Cindi,  there are a lot of sad stories out there, and the ones invovling cruelty are especially hard to even fathom, like the one you referenced.  I worry about what those kids will do in the future if they can be that cruel to a helpless dog, who was obviously trusting enough to let these kids get that close to it.  It can be overwhelming.  Luckily, there are many more happy stories, and many people out there who work hard to make a difference for the unhappy stories.     

Comment by Yuki & Ellie on January 12, 2012 at 12:31pm

When I became pregnant for my first child, I quickly learned that I simply can't read/listen to any sort of sad news online or on television.  Within weeks of my due date I made the mistake of reading a story about an infant that didn't survive due to neglect and that article still haunts me.  I remember every horrible detail, even the child's name.  The same goes for horrible stories about neglected animals and any images that happen to be attached.  Like you, I can't possibly begin to understand why people can be so cruel.  All I can do is try my best to ensure that no one that I know and love (furry or human) suffers like that.

Comment by Nancy, Victor & Kabu on January 12, 2012 at 12:07pm

Thank you Cindi for sharing

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