Sunday, March 20, 2011

dogs surviving a disaster

I am always amazed at dogs who are involved in rescue efforts in natural and manmade-related disasters. They nimbly walk over piles of rubble, water and other debris to locate victims in horrible conditions. These dogs are loyal and smart and are owed a great deal of gratitude.

At the same time, there are other dogs, peoples' pets, that are caught and must struggle in unreal conditions just to survive. Last Friday, for example, a few dogs were shown on television wandering around in water that looked fairly deep in god-only-knows- what conditions. Many of those dogs deal with hunger, disease and thirst. My heart went out to those animals. I hoped that those dogs and other pets would soon be found and reunited with their owners, or at least receive comfort and good care until the owners could be found.

In either scenario, locating disaster victims or struggling for survival in a disaster, dogs deserve sympathy and efforts to help them. They were and are victims of circumstances as well.

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