April 23rd National Lost Dogs Awareness Day

I have been fortunate enough to have a dog, or two, for over 85% of my life.  They are more often than not a major part of my life.  They are my best friends, loyal companion and they expect nothing more from me than a little food and a little loving.  They give so much more back.

Lost Dogs Awareness Day was created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie in an effort to help reunite lost dogs with their families. They are the directors of Lost Dogs, Illinois and Lost Dogs, Wisconsin.  In only  few years they have opened chapters in Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey and Iowa. Since they opened their doors they have helped bring lost dogs back to their families over 21,000 times.  I cannot imagine a more rewarding moment than witnessing when a dog and human are reunited after a long and scary absence for both of them.

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Every dog you see on the street, every dog you see alone, every dog you see like the one above is likely missing their reason for living, their human.  Their human is likely feeling the same thing.  There are stories of dogs that have traveled hundreds of miles to find their home gain in their dearest loves arms. To think that the dog does not have feelings, does not care and does not even know where they belong just look at the face of this puppy above.  They live for us humans and many of us live for them.  People may call the human the master but they are not, they are the best friend the dog can have, the dog is the best friend the human will ever have.  There is no master here.  The good news on the photo above is that this dog was eventually reunited with his best friend.

To abuse an animal, dog or any other species, can only be done by a sub-human.  In my opinion, someone whose value sinks below even a worm.  But that is not what this day is all about.  This is a celebration, of sorts, for those who do their best to bring friends back together again.

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I assure you the smile on this dogs best friend is equal to the dogs smile.  Or maybe he’s thinking about what Susan Taney and Kathy Robloskie have started.  Please visit the LDOW community on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/findfido or on Twitter @LostdogsofWisc.  I am sure they could use your help but I know their clients can.

How to celebrate: Don’t put yourself in danger, a lost dog is frightened and their best defense is to bite… but if you see a dog that looks lost, don’t just walk by them, try to help them. (Imagine if you were lost how much a friendly voice, a touch of kindness or even a cool drink of water might mean to you). Contact the LDOW and see how you can help.  Donate some food to a local animal shelter to help feed someone who really would do the same for you if they could.

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