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Who rescued who?

by Greg Markelz

RESCUE, an act of saving or being saved from danger or distress.

We have all seen the T-shirts, bumper stickers and various other items with the motto “who saved who”. Of course when we rescue an animal the animal is initially the beneficiary of the rescue, but while that motto is now a cliché, it is so true that our companion animals save us, every day. Their presence alone is a simple reassurance that at least “something” is right with our world.

No matter what is going on at the time, my dog Chipotle is right there happy, wagging his tail and showing me how I should approach each day. With anticipation that there is a treat right around the next corner? I digress but there really is a treat right around the next corner right? All you need to do is be looking for it and it will be right there.

Yesterday we went on our morning walk in the woods with Chipotle and he gets so excited when we tell him to “load up, we are going to the park” he is about to jump out of his own skin. It always puts a smile on my face, no matter what else is going on at the time. And on those special mornings when we see a deer, it is literally game on, he tries to pull my right arm off so he can hunt down the deer. Well yesterday we saw 7 deer on 3 different occasions, so he was especially lit up. I say to Chip “what would you do if I let you go and you chased the deer Chip, you would never catch it and what would you do if you did?” He can’t do anything but dream about it. But therein lies another reminder, to keep dreaming, dream big, dream you can bring down a deer by yourself, you can do anything, anything at all  I am always learning from my rescue animal, always thankful for him. Who rescued who indeed.

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