3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs. I’ve been in animal welfare for over twelve years now. After surviving a terminal illness I left the fast charging corporate world, never regretting that life changing decision.
Twenty-five years in a stressful career almost killed me and the near death experience woke me up. It taught me what is important and lasting and what is not. What is lasting is living simply in the present moment. Living in the present moment, not fretting about the future or regretting mistakes of the past is something rescued dogs taught me as well.
The dying experience was brutal, but It taught me what is important and lasting in this life, and what is not. What is lasting is living simply in the present moment. Living in the present moment, not fretting about the future or regretting mistakes of the past is something rescued death row dogs taught me as well.
After leaving the corporate grind I started a non-profit focused on rescuing and finding permanent loving homes for death row dogs. It seemed the fitting thing. Given a rare second chance at a happy, fulfilling life for myself I wanted to give death row dogs a second chance as well.
3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs. Animal shelter death row dogs taught me more about living a life without worry or regret than 20 years of corporate business ever did. Death row dogs taught me much, and teach me lessons to this day. The three primary life lessons I experienced being with rescued dogs are these.
Giving and accepting unconditional love. Not the kind of love we humans most times give, where if you love me, I will love you. Or, if you provide things for me I will love you. No, dogs give us love not for any benefit, but just because they love us. That is truly un-conditional love.
Second dogs teach us to live in the moment. After we rescue them from death row they walk out the door and forget their past problems and show only happiness. They don’t blame the owners that abandoned them or have a woe is me attitude as we humans would. No, they move on, prance about and do their happy dance of freedom. They immediately enjoy life as nothing ever happened.
And, that takes us to the third lesson I learned from death row dogs. They always live in the moment. They are happy right now. They don’t look to be happy in the future but are happy right now in the present. Dogs do not live in their heads as we humans do. Because of that, they experience life so much clearer and fuller than we humans. Think about it. If you did not think about the past every day. Or did not worry and fear the future every day how would you feel? And how much mental time would you have to live right now, right here in the moment?
We say dogs are not as smart as humans because we have bigger brains. Well, I say that maybe our bigger brains that allow us to think every second do us more harm than good. Maybe a smaller brain as dogs have that allow them to live in the moment, not the past or future worrying, but happy right now might not be a bad thing?
If you do not have a dog I know this may sound a bit crazy to you. But, If you are lucky enough to have a dog in your life you probably will know the meaning of what I learned being with rescued dogs the past twelve years. The purest love a human will ever experience is the unconditional love of a dog.
3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs was written by Steven Monahan, a national animal welfare leader. Founder of Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog Syndrome.org. For 12 years Steve ran a death row rescue and pet food pantry. He is the Author of the Rescue Renew Rehome book. Steven has been recognized by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian service to Georgia’s companion animals. Steven is a prior Fortune 500 Executive.
You can purchase his best seller book RESCUE RENEW REHOME on Amazon books today to learn more about the love and rescue of death row shelter dogs.
Black Dog Syndrome.org is a non-profit focused on ending Black Dog Syndrome through education and adoption programs to adopt black shelter dogs, the least adopted, most euthanized dogs in America. Developing national awareness’ and helping animal shelters with black dog marketing and adoptions through our programs of Black Dog Friday, Black Dog Pickles and the Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Dog Awards programs.
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