Sunday, 18 December 2011
Rolf has come a long way. A few years ago his experience of people was that they beat him. A sudden movement evoked terror. A hand coming towards him induced panic. People were dangerous. But being a dog he's readily forgiven the human race. Earlier in the year he had a go at collecting for the local dog's home. I wasn't sure how he'd cope and was prepared to abandon ship if he wasn't happy but he loved it. So much so that when he had another go a couple of weeks ago he knew what was going on as soon as we drove into the car park. He enjoyed the attention from so many strangers. He was gentle and confident. P got a lump in her throat to see him being so trusting and friendly. On a bitter cold day in the recession people are still generous and I'm so proud that Rolf can help to raise money for dogs like himself, that have fallen foul of our disposable society. I wonder how many will be discarded this christmas to make way for a new puppy that will only have a short novelty value? If they're lucky they might end up somewhere like Glencaple Dog's Home and have a chance of a future.If humans had half of a dog's capacity to forgive we would be a much nicer species. It's good to know that Rolf is doing his bit for his pals. He's come a long way.