Upon traveling to San Bernardino for the first time, and ducking under the yellow tape that sectioned off the Devore Hoarding dogs, our very first encounter was with this little lady. She was in the first visible kennel, and seemed enthused to have visitors. In fact she drew us forward – not unlike a store greeter – as if she was trying to tell us something. Though far too shy and afraid to allow us getting closer, this poor, filthy girl – who skin looked to be on fire – was missing fur, pieces of her ears, and clearly was without any understanding of what human touch was about. Yet she held eye contact…and kept trying to say something. Months later, after a Team of Scouts gathered – daily – to move these forgotten souls Past the trembling, wailing & flailing terror they had when approached to be touched, Past all of their medical issues, Past introduction to a collar, a leash, a walk, Past overcoming fear of meeting & trusting others beyond our core, Past basic training, Past overcoming social anxieties & Past what life would now be without us in it daily:
We think we have a pretty good idea what this SMART kid was saying:
June-July and her stellar, adorable human, Jennifer.
Jennifer met us at the Pasadena Farmers’ Market and would come by each event and fall a little more in love each time, with a few of the Devore Scouts.
So grateful we had the opportunity…and that we were listening to JJ. “The gentlest, least likely, forgotten, and neglected among us, have songs you should ASPIRE to sing…and stories you will be INSPIRED to tell.”