The Sunday afternoon of November 17th 2013 Rob and I were driving down a cold busy street in Cedar Rapids, IA. Rob spotted an elderly dog that looked disheveled and lost in a dirty alley. As some of you may know we are absolutely in love with our 2 year old Chakra who is a sweet and loving pit bull and love all dogs. So when this lonely little wandering fella crossed our path we knew we had to pick him up. However, we were leaving for vacation to Scottsdale, Arizona in a mere day so we seemed to have a predicament on our hands. When I approached him it was apparent he was nearly deaf and blind! His small size was apparent because his coat was so matted down with dirt and even on his belly a gross green sticky Jolly Rancher. Luckily he had on his tag for a local Cedar Rapids vet. Assured that we had done the right thing we buckled in and headed for home!
Once home we went straight into the bathroom to the tub. He seemed to love the bath and did not even shake, cry or try to get out. When is was rinse time he went under the spigot himself! Such a cute old boy. After the bath we let him explore, this is when we saw the little waddle. From here on out he was Mr Waddles.
We loved Mr Waddles, we cuddled him, we fed him, we bathed him, we let him out to pee his old man pee and Chakra even gave him her kennel that we lined with pillows for his old bones. He was the sweetest old guy. When he walked under the table or behind the couch he would just stop when he couldn't go further. We had to pick him up and turn him around or move the chair. Mr Waddles was hilarious when he blatantly ignored Chakra's many attempts to play. He would walk on by and not even bat an eye. The most noticeable or unnoticeable was how quietly Mr Waddles would make his way through his perimeter check of the house. If it wasn't for his tag then we would have no idea where he was at times.
Monday morning came and I called the vet clinic. They gave me the phone number and address of the owner. It seems they lived near where Mr Waddles was found. I thought maybe Mr W got out of their yard or such. Once I got ahold of the owner this was no such luck. It seems poor Mr Waddles was left there for a month while the owner moved. He was supposed to be under the care of the relative at the house nearby but it seems that arrangement was not being honored. Initially I felt angry that someone could do this to him. I was told he was just let out for bathroom but not tied up or in their property. This sweet little nearly deaf and blind old guy could have waddled into the busy street. How dare they? And how does that explain his poorly kept fur and nails? My heart sank.
The owner wanted me to return Mr Waddles to the place I found him. I could not do that on any grounds. But I also remembered that this is not my dog. Where does jurisdiction lie? I know animal control takes animals that are mistreated but I am not animal control. Eventually arrangements were made and Mr Waddles was picked up from my house. When she came in the door he perked up and wagged his tail. He truly knew who she was and we learned he is 15 years old!
It was so hard to let Mr Waddles go but he was never ours to begin with. The more I think about it the more it seems this was supposed to happen so that Mr Waddles could go to his proper owner at the new house and not stay in the family members home anymore. He literally walked out hoping someone would rescue him.
Does this sound like it could apply to your life at times? Do you have things you don't feel good about and want recued? Mr Waddles needed to find a way to get to his proper owner and he did! He knew he had to go out into the mud, muck and the Jolly Ranchers blind and unable to hear. All the while he trusted in someone to come care for him.
Not everyone has their own rescuer, I believe that it is in ourselves and we need to rescue our own lives. As people, we don't always have someone come to our aid, and we shouldn't need that all the time. To be self sufficient, knowing our true path and working hard at it we cannot go wrong. It doesn't matter where, when or what. We should be happy inside at all times with what we already have.
Use this Thanksgiving season to remember what you have and cherish the moments while you have them. Mr Waddles was so joyful, loving and sweet. But he also bit my face when I was trying to move him once. I didn't initially mention this because in my mind the 24 hours with Mr Waddles was amazing. Focus on the positive and help others which will in turn help yourself. You can't go wrong when putting others first!