What is it with animals?
A couple of months ago, a little chihuahua was found in a local house busted for a drug raid. There were also a couple of kids taken from the home, and they didn’t get much press attention. But the little dog did. He was starving, and recovered for several weeks at the shelter before being adopted by one of the police officers who rescued him.
You have to admit, he’s really cute. And what a heart-warming story! I found myself checking a few times a week for updates on him, and cheering for him to make it.
Now the story of a pit bull named Patrick who was starved and dumped into a New Jersey trash chute.
Gifts and donations are pouring in for Patrick, and I say “Yay!” to that.
So what is it about animals that touches us? I feel a lot of compassion for people, but somehow animals can touch me even more (I do feel a little guilty admitting this). But animals are so guileless. They have no annoying habits. They don’t push our buttons. They don’t try to change us – they love us just as they are. Think about it: when’s the last time an animal annoyed you? I rest my case.
Maybe not everyone feels this way. In fact, my thoughts are probably the reason I now have 5 pets :). What do you think? Do pitiful animal stories pull at your heartstrings?