some people believe that dogs are these little china things that can be broken if everything is not perfect in their lives. sadly enough there are others that think dogs are built out of rock.
dogs are soft branches that bend and blow in the breeze. they don't need to be managed within an inch of their lives, and they don't want to be cut completely free either.
i get such a kick out of watching humans freak out over a dog's special needs. the trauma, the drama, the savior routines is like watching "the apprentice" in high speed.
it is no big deal to make a dog feel better. give them the medical care, the meds, the surgery, the special food, give them the bath or the trip to the groomer. take some time to make them smile, touch their face and kiss their head, take them for a walk, or a swim, or to dairy queen for an ice cream cone...let them make you laugh, share with them your lunch, your couch, your bed at night and then just let them be. you can figure out the specifics with a little bit of thought and a large dose of good old common sense, based in reality not fantasy.
i hung robert e. bootstraps rusted chain to our door. i want it to remind me of all of the dogs who still have them. rescue does not have to be this big, huge, dramatic and perfectly planned and executed affair...it really is quite simple. unclip the chain from around their neck, and help them to feel good....for a day, a week, a year or ten.
it is not that complicated. it is not that heroic. it is just a simple thing.