Sometimes on The Daily Corgi there are profiles of dogs who have come from puppy mills, been mistreated, abandoned or abused. None of us like these things, or can understand how people can perpetuate such acts of cruelty.
But isn’t it amazing, how so many of these dogs respond to love and care, safety and stability when they are removed from those circumstances? Slowly at first — or for some in what seems like no time at all — their resilient hearts are able to forgive (if not always forget) what they’ve been through, as their smiles return and their eyes beam with that unmistakable gleam of Corgi merriment.
For me, this is one of the most amazing things about the dogs. And it makes me love and admire them all the more for it.
Today’s story about Bud and Grace, one of whom lived her first years of life in a puppy mill, the other who was born into the world at the hands of a bad breeder (a euphemism for goodness only knows what), is a perfect example of this phenomenon. They are fantastic dogs, now living the happy life they deserve — carrying around not a single grudge, just Corgi-ing about and making the world in general a far happier place simply by being themselves.
Awesome. In the original, intended sense of the world: magnificent, awe-inspiring.
I know human brains operate somewhat differently, so it’s not fair to compare us with the dogs (who are, let’s face it, practically perfect :-), but I know this for sure: these dogs are an inspiration to me. And I know I’m not the only one. To show us what it’s like to live well in spite of bad beginnings, to glory in the here and now, to bask in the luxury of the simple things (which are really not so simple at all, when you think of it) … well, that moves me. It instructs me.
It gives me hope.
Corgis are special even amongst dogs — who are some of the most splendid animals on the planet — and for this, I am deeply grateful for the privilege of getting to know so many of them through The Daily Corgi. Thanks for sharing your low riders with me, for allowing me to make a connection with each one of them and share them with the wider world.
It does me good every day. It reminds me of something perpetually wonderful, and like many people, I need that reminder. I need the sunshine switched on even when the skies go gray for days. I need my Corgis!
Corgi ON, my fellow Corgi people!