From the Editor, Spring 2016
“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.” – Matthew Scully
I remember the day I became involved in dog rescue. I received a call from someone involved in Springer rescue who knew I owned Springers. They needed a foster home for a dog who had been picked up as a stray and had nowhere to go.
With the help of English Springer Rescue America, my husband and I took in Cooper as our first foster dog. Since then, we have fostered more than 100 home less Springers until they could find adoptive families. And I have been involved in the rescue and transport of several hundred dogs.
It’s funny. I never imagined dog rescue as a lifestyle. But here it is, my passion. And that passion has spilled over to the Wagazine, where we share the heartwarming animal stories that we hear and that happen all around us.
As the Wagazine celebrates its third anniversary, we reflect on 12 issues of animal tales. And I’m not the only one whose life has been altered by the love of animals.
Who would have thought that a love of fish would lead to a career of cleaning aquariums? Bryan Altendorf says he can’t imagine doing anything else (p. 10).
Or that a feral cat who once crawled out of a sewer would turn a family of dog people in to cat lovers? Ashley Ignatius and her parents—and Sewey the cat—probably wouldn’t have believed it if they hadn’t lived it (p. 34).
Or that a poster promoting service-dog training would inspire a woman to raise and train service dogs year after year? Amy Stern and her husband and children have done it 22 times (p. 26).
We are happy to share these stories about the many ways people love their animals. If you want to share yours, I’d be happy to listen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are sad to report that Dr. Jack, the Min Pin who was on the cover of our Winter 2015/2016 issue, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on February 20. His owner, Marcia, said she considered the story a gift to her and to Jack, who comforted 6,000 medical patients during his time as a therapy dog. His career ended as he began to face his own mortality, and though his time here was short, Jack’s legacy will live on in those he assisted. Such a small dog … such a giant impact. Run free, Jack.