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"Hudson and Pearl"

We live in a complicated world; where the decisions we make are surrounded by grey areas of right, wrong, and moral virtue. However, regardless of any situation, there are certain elements of life I find impossible to justify. Conversely, there are many others, I find impossible to criticise too. The following story; which was recently brought to my attention, will help to explain this...
 
It all started on a cool Autumn Saturday morning in Albany, New York. A collection of railroad workers; ready for a day of hard labour ahead, discovered a sight shocking to even their hardened eyes. A trio of three week old Pit-Bull cross puppies; one male, two female, were found nailed by their paws to still active tracks; alone, agonised, scared, and presumably left to die. 

Concerned as any compassionate soul would be, and after calling 911, the nails were safely removed. The newly coined trio of Hudson, Pearl and Carina were taken to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, New York; where emergency treatment for dehydration, malnutrition, infection, and injuries to their paws managed to save two of these innocent souls. However the suffering for Carina was simply too much; leaving her a tragic casualty, from a heartless act. A week of care, comfort and vital nutrients later, veterinary surgeon Doctor Tom Bowerstox, was called in to assess their condition. Pearl, who had lost two toes from her injuries, was deemed able to make a full recovery. Hudson was less fortunate, and would lose his rear left paw and require a false limb, fitted a little over a month later; along with many additional prosthetics - relative to each stage of growth. Now safe and accustomed to the caring hands of veterinary professionals; who were, more importantly, animal lovers, these brave little warriors were now ready, to find their new forever homes.

"Being pawsome is hard work!"
Eventually; after an essay writing search to find their ideal forever homes, Pearl became a member of the Kittle family in Poestenskill, New York; along with their 4-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever and huge back garden. While Hudson joined the ranks of Rich, Rosemarie and Sami Nash of Schodack - also in New York; the two still meet for regular play dates. Since this new lease of life, both have developed as loving family dogs; blissfully unaware of early memories. But there is more to this story. A series of training classes have left Hudson and Pearl as wonderdogs, where the former regularly devotes himself as a therapy dog to other hospital amputees; showing how far we can reach, when we have desire, drive, and a host of genuine love surrounding us. What began as an evil act caused by one, has slowly evolved into a source of inspiration; created by the hearts of an endless list of compassion...

While abandoning innocent puppies is a cowardly, irresponsible act by itself, to carry such a callous attitude which enables someone to physically hammer nails into the paws of a living, feeling being, places this act in my view on a whole other level of evil. But for this solitary brutality, the outpouring of love and compassion for these two little souls - which continues to this day, serves as a reminder we are here to protect and nurture. And this is what the vast majority of humanity – especially where animals are concerned, give to the world on a regular, selfless basis.

We live in a complicated world; where the decisions we make are surrounded by grey areas of right, wrong, and moral virtue. However, regardless of any situation, there are certain elements of life I find impossible to justify. Conversely, there are many others, I find impossible to criticise too. From the first railroad worker who called to help, to the last person to like and support Hudson’s Facebook Page, I ask you to remember, that for every solitary scumbag who wanted to put them down, there are a thousand of you who picked them right back up again. The strong carry the innocent; they do not exploit or abuse them. If you care about animals; which I assume you do, give yourselves a thank you. And if you get the chance, say hello to little Hudson for me; I hear he loves making new friends... 

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3 comments:

Suzanne said...

Hudson, Pearl and Carina are our local heroes and so are their rescuers. Thanks for writing so beautifully about them!

Talent Hounds said...

Beautiful story- thanks for sharing X Talent Hounds Crew

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story. Sad these babies had to start life like this.so so sad n cruel. How a human can possibly do this. I hope whomever it is