White Dog and I were talking this morning about how much of our lives these past few weeks have been focused on animal rescue and on stopping cruel treatment of animals. Michael's involvement at the shelter has been good for him but it also serves as reminder of just how many pups (and cats) are in need of homes, love, attention. Rocky's run away plight made us remember that these animals who are given a second chance are asked to place an incredible amount of trust in humans...the species that has possibly hurt and abused them in their past. Recalling Quinn's own story and looking through PetFinder listings makes us cry at the dogs whose lives are shattered when their owners move or have babies or become ill...many of those same gentle loving souls never make it out, but more amazing are those who do and find room in their hearts to forgive and understand and trust again. As a human I can only unsuccessfully aspire to such hugeness of heart. It is in tribute to every four-legged out there, rescued and not, who has shown compassion and empathy to one of us two-leggeds that we share this poem which we found on Cathy Gallagher's FB Wall photos.