Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Why I foster: Tony

By Tracy Grenier

Tony would have to be my most challenging and eye-opening fostering experience.  He is some sort of beagle mix that was pulled off of a reserve. He is about 1 ½ years old and had never been inside of a house before. That being said he had absolutely no training.  Tony had a horrific scar around his body from being tied to a barn.  Apparently this was the best solution for him escaping out of his collar on a regular basis.  It hurt me just to look at the poor little guy.  He didn’t know what it was like to be fed on a regular basis and would jump all over me until he knocked the dish all over the floor!  At least he was kind enough to eat it all up in a matter of seconds so that I wouldn’t have another mess to clean up.   

It wasn’t Tony’s behavior that got to me, but the reality of how horrible people really can be towards these innocent animals.  Before Tony moved in with me I believed that this stuff did happen but I chose not to see it, he really was my eye opener.  Tony acted like a puppy and just wanted to be loved, warm and fed.  Of course it was beyond frustrating when you are constantly cleaning up pee and poop from an adult dog and yes you get mad when you can’t leave your sandwich unattended long enough to answer the phone but when you see a dog that has endured so much obvious pain in his short life and he is the happiest most loving dog you could ever imagine, it really breaks your heart.  It has been about eight months since Tony found the most amazing forever home but I can’t seem to go a single day without thinking of him.  He is so goofy, he can make you smile and laugh when you are having the worst day of your life.  Tony is an inspiration to all of man kind, he moved on from the horrible treatment he had and forgave people without hesitation…if only people could be that way!

1 comment:

Suezoo said...

Thank you for sharing Tony's story.

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