Tuesday, November 30, 2010
...And so they did!
Everything I write about obviously impacts me in one way or another, but this story took my thinking to another level. I’ll explain later…
As a previous dog owner of a German Shepherd, I often had a hard time differentiating him between dog and human. He was just SO smart and SO great and I still miss him today. I think many pet owners feel like I do and my guess is that when Walter was tossed out of a car on Easter Sunday in Brooklyn, NY – people were simply ready to help. In fact, if it wasn’t for one person in particular, Alex Darsey, I’m not so sure this poor little Pit Bull would still be here.
When Alex found Walter he was scared, dehydrated, malnourished, and suffered a horrible case of mange...he was left for dead. Alex took him to the emergency room with some friends that night and it was then that they decided they would help Walter get better together. After a short time, they realized that Walter was going to need continual emergency care and they didn’t know for how long. For that reason, they decided to reach out and ask for financial help. They began a blog and this is just one piece from the initial post…
Over the course of the last few days we have had to ask ourselves whether it is in Walter's best interest to continue treatment...He is not in pain, and he is fighting to survive. The doctors feel that with time and care he can beat the infection. Unfortunately emergency care is very expensive, and we simply don't know how long he'll have stay there. As long as he is fighting to stick around, we will fight with him. Any help you could offer would be immensely appreciated. There is no shortage of people to care for this little man and he does have a home waiting for him, we need to get him strong enough to make it there.
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Who would have known that this little blog called Help Save Walter would be the miracle he needed. Donations from ALL OVER THE WORLD started to flood in and really haven’t stopped. Walter’s Facebook page currently has over 16,000 fans and I couldn’t believe all of the loving and supportive comments being left. I couldn’t believe what he attracted. I had to stop and think about this and I had to ask Alex a few questions too. I always wondered what someone in this position would feel like…
1.Do you think Walter fell specifically in your hands for a reason, or do you think you were just at the right place at the right time?
I'm not sure if Walter and I were cosmically preordained to meet, but I know that it certainly feels like we belong together. I can't imagine him being with anybody else.
2.If it wasn't for your compassion and generosity, Walter may not be here today. Have you ever done any type of rescuing in the past?
This was my first experience as a rescuer. I'm usually depending on people to rescue me.
3.It was noted that once you and your friends started the online campaign, Walter's spirit turned around instantly - curious to hear your thoughts on that?
Well, Walter was getting the very best care and received a huge amount of love at the emergency room he was staying at. He pretty much had round-the-clock care and attention and I'm sure that helped him want to fight. He went from basically flat-lining to showing small signs of improvement every time we would visit. I think his spirits were really lifted by all of that.
4.I believe you and your friends started a non-profit because of this, can you please tell us more?
Yes. Because of the help and generosity of all the people who decided to give to Walter's cause and the incredibly wonderful (and unexpected) decision of the hospital director to funnel the majority of the money we raised into a fund that helps strays and abused animals, we were able to start a non-profit in Walter's name run through VERG.
5.What have you learned throughout this entire experience?
I think the most important thing I've learned is that people are pretty good. Some times in day-to-day life you lose track of that and get caught up in all the selfishness of the world and compassion kind of goes out the window. Then, something like this happens and you become just overwhelmed with people’s kindness. It was quite an incredible thing to experience.
6.How is Walter doing today?
Walter is maybe the happiest dog alive now. He splits his time between me and my great friends (the couple that helped with all of this) and they own Walter’s best pal, a French Bulldog. He is dealing with a weakened immune system that needs monitoring and also had a couple of staph infections that were treated, but beyond that he couldn't be better!
I mentioned that people’s love for their own animals may have been the reason they decided to help, but when I mentioned that it made me stop and think on another level, I was thinking about this…
•Are we constantly given situations to remind us of the “true” human spirit?
•Did all of the combined healing and praying energy at the vet and around the world significantly help to save Walter?
•Was it to remind us that when we join together, the possibilities are endless? Unimaginable?
•We see situations of hope, great compassion and love – what if we all saw and felt that every day, every minute, what would the world be like?
I can go on and on and keep asking questions, but the one thing my intuition is telling me…in spite of faith, religious or spiritual beliefs…it’s all about love.
So happy for Walter, and for his new family too!
Good job Alex & Friends!
Good Job World!