Friday, August 27, 2010

Where is the Heart?

"Take the time to stop, it may save a life."
~Mama Hen

Today I saved a dog! It is not the first one I have saved and it is not the only animal. I will always stop the car when I see a dog in the road, a bird that has been hit yet still lives and so on. I was, however, very disappointed in how people reacted to only a couple of minutes of their time. I was driving my mom and Little Chick on a very busy road that leads to my mom's house. The speed limit is 45, yet the people drive 55 and over at times. A few houses before my mom's driveway I saw a black dog walking on the side of the road. I immediately turned the car around and parked it in some one's driveway. I got out to get the dog and to hold up cars that were speeding along until I could get this animal off the road. Another car stopped after a couple of minutes. Then there were about eight cars stopped on one side of the road and maybe seven on the other side. The dog was still wandering in the road and barking. He was big and I had been bitten by a Doberman a few years back and I was gradually trying to help him. Here is the part that amazes me. One guy had his window rolled down and yelled at me saying "What are all the cars stopped for?" I said that there was a dog that needs to get off this busy road before it gets hit. He yelled at me, "There is no need for this side of the road to be stopped!" I said, "I tragically lost my dog who got loose and ran into this same road and died because someone did not stop! We are trying to save a dog!" He yelled at me again about holding up the traffic. Unbelievable! Here I am risking my own life in the middle of a very fast and busy street and this is the attitude some people have. Even when I told him that I had lost my own dog a few months ago because a car had hit him this guy still yelled at me. Tell me, where did he have to go so urgently that he could not wait two minutes? It really was not much longer than that. It made me sad, because he and some others showed no heart. As I get older I often feel so hurt by the lack of compassion and empathy from so many people I encounter. Is it me? Or are people so self involved that they have lost the ability to simply "feel"? The owner of the dog came and he was saved! I had not been so lucky with my beloved dog, Cuddles, who was left to die by the car who had hit him. He was 14 and very special! That is Cuddles in the picture above! We miss you!

23 comments:

  1. Sigh... ppl nowadays are so busy rushing through life that they can't even stop a while to do something meaningful!

    Cuddles is cute! He's so lucky to have you guys, hope he didn't suffer long :(

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  2. It is sad so many people have lost the ability to feel, their hearts have hardened so they can't see others' need or pain. Very sad, and I'm sorry you had this guy yell at you when you were trying to help the poor dog. You did the right thing and handled it so well!

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  3. Good on you, Mama Hen! Stand your ground.

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  4. You did the right thing Mama Hen! Some people are just way to rushed and caught up in themselves to understand that sometimes you have to put your life on hold for 2 minutes to do what's right. That's so sad. I'm glad you were able to save the dog and I am so sorry about Cuddles!

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  5. There are sadly some very insensitive people in this world of ours.

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  6. Good for you for showing Lil Chick and the drivers around you to take the time to help that poor dog. So sorry about Puddles. BTW: thanks for the 'reacher' comment - too funny!

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  7. Ooh I do understand. It breaks my heart to ever see an animal suffering. The human race has become such a cold, uncaring group of people. It pains me to hear that someone actually took the time to stop to ask why you were on the side of the road, but could not get out and help - and would actually yell at you. That person has some serious issues. Sad.. sad indeed.

    You did the right thing.

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  8. You are so sweet to do that for a stranger's dog. We had to stop a busy road for a loose horse last week. Just be careful - your little chick doesn't want to lose you to creeps in fast carslike that guy that didn't want to stop!

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  9. its amazing how people in this world get SO busy, or should I say TOO BUSY, to stop for animals. I mean, I'd have done the same thing as you did, so VERY GOOD CHOICE YOU MADE! So sorry about your little Cuddles, so tragic. We are such animal lovers and it makes me sick that that man reacted the way he did :(

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  10. Mama Hen, that breaks my heart that you lost your dog. Pets really are part of the family. My husband always says people only think they're in a hurry until something bad happens. When they realize that the "something bad" could have been avoided by slowing down or taking their time, they also come to understand that they weren't even in that big a hurry in the first place. I think the majority of peoples' lives are so busy these days that they lose touch with what's truly important. They should follow Little Chicks advice about the speed bumps (when she was practicing writing her name) and *slow down!*

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  11. I love how all of your posts are inspiring in some way. Whenever I've stopped by I've been impressed or moved.

    I have given you a blog award. You can receive it at Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

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  12. Great story. Hope you're having a great day!

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  13. Good for you girl! Ignore jerks like those! My mum lives in the country with a busy road like that infront of her home and it just kills me how many poor animals we find splattered on it. It just takes driving the speed limit to prevent accidents but Noooo. One of these days its going to be a child getting off of the school bus that gets splattered. *God forbid* Anyway good luck with the new addition to the family!

    anya

    ps. lifestyle blogs is fine

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  14. That is really sad that people can be so heartless. You are a great person for risking your own life (you don't know if they dog would have attacked you) to save an animal. Great job!

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  15. That's so sad - and I'm so glad that you could stop and help to make sure the dog was safe.

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  16. It is sad, but we seem to live in a society that values nothing - not people, not animals. It is always the right thing to help, and I'm so glad you did.

    When people have no belief in God, they have no fixed standard of right and wrong to live by, and find no reason to value other people or animals - or themselves, for that matter. After all, their self-worth is not intrinsic then, but only what someone else may or may not have assigned to them. I think it takes the heart out of people and makes them self-centered and narcissistic in some cases and totally devastated and in others. I think what you saw, the guy worried about getting where he was going and not caring about anything else, was a symptom of a larger problem.

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  17. Mama Hen, this sooo doesn't surprise me that you would do this for a sweet lil' dog. You are so kind, and I can totally seeing you holding up traffic to help him. :-) I love this story.

    I was driving down the road many years ago, and the car in front of me stopped and TOSSED a kitten out on the highway. I came screeching to a stop, and went running down the highway to rescue the kitty. And I got him, thank you very much! :-) LOL!

    What a sweet story, and it's so sad when others lack compassion. LOVE what you did! :-) ♥

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  18. I am so sorry about Cuddles! That is horrible! I think it is great that you were out there trying to help the dog. We try to do that to when we see an animal that needs help. I don't know how or why we have become a society that is really lacking in compassion. I think it is very apparent not only with animals but to our own fellow humans as well! We can't figure out how to prevent poverty among our own people, homelessness, all the children lost in the system, and how we treat the elderly. It is really sad.

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  19. Cuddles is a precious, precious little dog and so adorable, full of life and smiley in that photo! You were totally right to stop and save that dog. Shame on the loser who yelled at you, God is watching!

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  20. I'm so sorry to hear about Cuddles. Losing a pet is devastating. Anyone who doesn't understand that should be shot. Okay, maybe not shot ... but you know what I mean ;).
    Some people have no hearts. It is sad. I just hope these people don't breed.

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  21. That's great that you stopped to help the dog. I'm sorry about Cuddles. I think people are heartless these days. Everyone is in such a hurry & I worry about how things will be when our kids grow up.

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  22. I am very proud of you. I would have done the same thing. Your little Cuddles was just adorable.

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  23. So sorry about your doggie...that breaks my heart. People are in such a rush these days, they don't take the time to think about other people and their safety, they have only their own agendas in mind. It's sad that this is how society is. We have a hard task at hand raising our kids to slow down, think of others, and just take their time. You are a wonderful person, Mama Hen!

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