A dog owner shared a heartfelt tribute to his dog Benny after Benny passed away recently.
“I wrote a story to cope with my grief,” said Austin, Texas musician and owner of Benny, John Pointer.
Here’s is Benny’s story, as posted on Facebook:
“Yesterday was a weird day. I couldn’t get myself out of bed. The guy I live with lifted me up. I tried to get my legs under me, but they wouldn’t cooperate. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I gotcha, buddy,’ carried me downstairs, and out the front door. That was so nice of him. I needed to pee so badly, I just had to go right there where he put me down. Normally I wouldn’t, but we both decided to make an exception to the rule.
I started walking down the parking lot toward that place where all the dogs like me go to poop. I felt my paws dragging on the ground. ‘How strange,’ I thought. Then suddenly, I just had to go, really badly. In the middle of the parking lot. Normally, I wouldn’t do that. It’s against the rules.”
“My person cleaned up the mess. He’s good at that. I felt embarrassed, looked at him, and he said, ‘Want to keep walking, buddy?’ I did, but it was surprisingly tough. By the time we reached the end of the parking lot, my head was spinning. I tried to climb the little hill, and nearly fell over. I couldn’t figure out what was going on.
He reached down again, and ran his hands over me. That felt good. He picked me up, and carried me home. I was still confused, and my head was light, but I was glad not to have to walk all the way back. It suddenly seemed like an impossible distance.”
Wherever James Isaac goes, Mahe follows – even into the boy’s hospital bed.
The 9-year-old is autistic and relies on the black labrador to keep him safe and calm. James does not speak and flinches from human touch and eye contact, but with Mahe things are different. He will curl up happily with Mahe.
This dog was laying on a street of Udaipur, India. She was about to die of starvation, hopeless and dehydrated.
She wagged his tail to everyone who passed by, hoping someone would help her.
Dog protects baby from scary vacuum
The heartbreaking story of a young sun bear kept in a dark room for most of her short life is a searing example of the unthinkable suffering people inflict upon animals captured for the wildlife trade.
Abandoned and neglected, she was in a horrific state when she was found in a temple that was serving as a defunct sanctuary by her rescuers, Edwin Wiek and his team at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. Deprived of sunlight and emaciated, the poor bear had lost most of her hair and had sores all over her body. She no longer resembled a sun bear.
Despite heroic efforts to save her life, Kwan passed away the following day.
It is miraculous that she had clung onto to her life for so long. Oblivious and cut off from the outside world, she lived in purgatory, surviving under appalling conditions, only to die in the arms of her saviors. It was almost as if she was waiting for her rescue – a chance not only to see the sun again but to tell her story to the world.
Kwan is a victim of the exotic pet trade, which is thriving in Thailand. Many people buy young bears and other animals as pets, but soon realize they’re unprepared to care for them and dump them at Buddhist temples, where they think they’ll be safe. Many of these temples are well-meaning but equally unprepared to care for exotic wildlife; the worst ones capitalize on it, encouraging people to give them animals so they can create cruel menageries, attracting visitors and money alike.
On May 12, Diane and Tony Rowles, the staff of Ruzodem Street Dog Rescue in Bulgaria, received a post on their website from someone who had spotted a dog in desperate need in a nearby town.
Rudozem Street Dog Rescue is a nonprofit Bulgarian foundation that rescues sick and abused street dogs, rehabilitates them, and gives them loving homes.