When a husband’s job relocated him and his family, they had to find something to keep them busy. His wife, Mary, and three daughters, Abby, Anna, and Alaina found a meaningful way to spend their time.
The ladies would volunteer at a local animal shelter that was overcrowded and underfunded. Mary describes it as overwhelming with “rows and rows and rows of cages and twenty dogs to a cage.”
With so many dogs in such close quarters, diseases are rampant. One of the most deadly diseases is distemper, which causes neurological damage leading to seizures and loss of coordination.
Knowing that there was nothing they could do for the dogs suffering from distemper, the family acted as a hospice for dogs. They took in dogs that were on death’s door so that they would not have to die in the overcrowded shelters.
Several of the dogs they took in did die shortly after, but in peace and with a loving family. There was one little girl dog named “Faith” that defied all of the odds.
Mary says that she was the littlest one, always in a corner, but this little puppy was a fighter. Faith shocked her family and instead of getting weaker, she began to regain her strength. After months of nurturing, Faith became a happy, healthy, and very well-loved permanent member of the family.
Although the family volunteered in animal shelters, they had no plans to adopt any pets, as they already had three dogs of their own. All of their plans changed when they met Faith, who is now an irreplaceable member of their family and will be returning home to America with them. Watching Faith with her new family, it is obvious that they are a match made in heaven.
It’s stuff like this that can make you realize how much a part of the family a dog can really be.
Even though dogs aren’t born knowing how to communicate with humans, they are able to respond to human cues by learning through interactions with people. As canines became domesticated, humans would choose the most loyal and loving dogs to produce the next generation of dogs.
This is how dogs have been able to do amazing things like act as service animals to people. It’s natural that people would choose the most intelligent animals as pets, and over time, pooches have become smarter and smarter.
Perhaps the best thing about dogs is how much they are willing to sacrifice for their humans.