Are our rescued pets grateful to us for rescuing them?

I posed this basic question Thursday on the Pack Mentality page on Facebook and have received quite few great responses.

I must first say that for my wife and I, our rescues bring as much or more joy to us than we offer to them. It’s definitely a two-way street. But I firmly believe that in so many cases rescued dogs and cats – for example – know what we’ve done for them and are grateful.

The stories told in the recent Facebook comments are very similar to what I hear in conversations at our veterinarian’s office or at local adoption events or when people stop to talk to us when we’re out with our dogs.

I often tell the story about Red’s escape about four years ago from our backyard and quick return. Red and one of greyhounds, JoJo raced out an open gate after a workman left it open. We are extremely careful about this and warned the workmen to keep all of the gates closed. This one area is out of direct sight of the back door where we let the dogs out.

JoJo went to play with a neighbor’s dog in her front yard and we got her back home right away. Red was at first nowhere to be seen. But moments later, we found in the front yard next door, with a very worried look on his face. As I approached him, he turned and sprinted for our garage.

For the rest of the day, he stuck to either me or my wife like glue, much more so than he normally would. Red was on death row at an area shelter when we adopted him several years ago, and was within a day or two of being euthanized.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Beth on November 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    We have rescued two dogs in our life. They were wonderful dogs and I know they had a fabulous life with us, which every animal deserves and should have.


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