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But first, Troy talks about rescues and what it means to open
your heart and your home to a companion animal.
Rescue your Heart
Hey, even a rescuer has to draw a line.
But when it comes to animals, I have a hard time. As renters, it is a good thing we have pet limits. Otherwise I might have four dogs and a couple of cats at the moment. But I have no choice but to resist, or look for a new home, not an appealing option at the moment.
I’ve heard good and bad stories about rescue animals. Some are hard to train, some never seem to come around or recover from whatever trauma they have been through. Still more are never given the chance, as rescues and shelters can only hold them so long, and they are euthanized. Let me share a few good ones though.
My friend’s mom rescued Golden Retrievers for a long time. One I recall was diagnosed with cancer, not expected to live so her family gave her up. After treatment? She lived six more happy years with another family. Another family I know rescued a Greyhound, retired from racing and facing an early end, no longer any use to the original owner. Not notoriously long lived, that dog stayed with their family not for four or five years as predicted, but nearly 11, before moving on to the dog track in the sky, where all of the racers catch the rabbits from time to time.
Nearly every dog I’ve had has been a rescue of some sort. But more often than not, they rescued me at some point in my life, whether at the moment I got them, like Houston (the dog Stray Ally is dedicated too) or Indie, my current Stray Ally who helped rescue my heart when Houston passed.
When you rescue a dog you take a chance on something that was broken, and you hope you can make it whole again. But it often turns out, it’s not about that at all. The animal helps fix something broken in you, and helps make you whole again. That’s the point of Stray Ally: when Clark had no one else to turn to, Sparky stepped in. Of course, it’s a fiction thriller, so Sparky does more than what a normal dog might be able to, but don’t let that fool you.
Your Stray Ally is no less a hero. You’ll never cease being surprised what a dog can, and will do to rescue your heart.