Nothing pierces my heart like the stories of two strays found together……or two animals dumped together at the shelter……..how one cries for the other if cages are separated……
I once read the most touching story of a pair of dogs at a shelter. Deeply attached friends, a story of nothing less than love can explain the following tale.
One night the shelter attendant left the gate unlocked to this pair’s enclosure. This was one of those outside shelters, where forlorn animals face the elements of nature. One dog was considerably larger than the other, the little dog managed to squeeze through a hole in the outer fence that led the way to freedom and escape from soon death. The bigger dog could not fit. Evidently, there was some type of security camera that captured what ensued. The smaller dog waited and waited, hoping some miracle might free his friend. Dawn came, and the little dog squeezed back inside the fence to be with his friend. The saddest part of this story is the two dogs were soon euthanized, but shelter workers let them cross together……..
I cannot separate bonds……I have adopted friends…….to me, there is no other choice. In my mind and heart, the eyes of the one left behind would haunt me.
The fright of being dumped is insurmountable enough; without the comfort of a bonded sibling, it would be impossible to bear.
Animals bond; I have seen this especially in my birds. When one falls ill, I have witnessed the bonded mate spread his wing around the other and enclose the bird in what can only be described as love. I have seen newly mateless birds pace back and forth along the perch, pining for a lost friend.
Dogs and cats feel this loss too……who hasn’t seen the one left behind search through the house, longing to find a friend who made the journey first.
Sometimes, the ones left behind leave soon after, too. I find it hard to dispute the fact that heartache and grief played a part in their passing.
I know rescues and shelters have to think of saving one first……..sometimes, this is at the expense of love and friendship ………….
My heart always cries when I see two together, who may soon be alone as one…….
Their eyes cry to my heart; I wish more people would see into those eyes and realize how much love they truly feel. The eyes of frightened friends behind the bars of a cage are the saddest eyes of all………