In last week’s post it was Bruno, a blind pit bull abandoned on the streets of New York. We saw how his plight struck a chord with animal people from all over the world. We saw how the new year also signified a new beginning for Bruno, thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many. Overwhelmed with gratitude, now Bruno’s family is paying it forward. That is what animal lovers do.
When his foster mom learned of a dog in need who looks strikingly similar to Bruno, despite having a home, a job, a family, and 3 dogs – including Bruno who has needed a great deal of special care – she did not think twice. She took the time to reach out and help this other dog and his family almost 900 miles away.
The Facebook post was seen by another woman. Even though her family already had several cats and three dogs, including one dog that she had rescued and was found to be heartworm positive, as well as caring for her elderly mother, this second woman could not bear the thought of this poor dog ending up in a shelter. She knew it was likely he would not make it out alive so she and her husband agreed to take him in. Her daughter named him Wallace because he reminded her of a walrus.
Thanks to the power of social media and the compassion of two women who otherwise would never have met, Wally would have a second chance.
In spite of all he had been through, Wally was gentle and trusting. He jumped right in the car as if he knew there was a better life waiting for him at the end of the ride. He quickly captured the hearts of his new family members. He was taken straight to the vet and given a complete check-up.
Things were moving very slowly, and seemed to be at a standstill. That is when Bruno and his family came into the picture. When Bruno’s foster mom became aware of Wally’s situation she immediately reached out to help. She posted a plea on Bruno’s page to help raise funds for Wally’s care. She also helped his new mom set up a Facebook page for Wally and has continued to advocate for him on a regular basis.
With the help of Bruno, his family and many kind, caring animal lovers from around the country, a good portion of the funds needed for Wally’s initial treatment has been raised. Wally is well on his way to a better life – one where he will be honored and treated with kindness, respect and love.
Once again a tired, abandoned senior pit bull is getting a new beginning thanks to the love of a very special family and the kindness and generosity of strangers. An extra special thank you goes out to Bruno’s mom who has gone above and beyond to help another dog in need.
Here’s wishing Wally and his family all the best that life has to offer. And just to add a very happy update, Bruno’s fosters just announced that they are officially adopting him. So it looks like 2015 is the start of wonderful new lives for both Wally and Bruno – well deserved and long overdue. Bravo to both of these families for loving these dogs enough to put them first.
Wally, Bruno and other dogs like them can certainly teach us a thing or two about life and love and tolerance and acceptance. No matter how much they have been beaten down, they are still willing to give us the benefit of the doubt. They already know what so many humans have not yet figured out – that we should not be judged as a group because of the actions of a few and that we can still find good in the world if we are willing to open our hearts and let people be our friends.
I am truly humbled by my fellow incredible animal lovers and feel honored to be part of something that collectively is bigger than any of us individually. Although it does not seem like enough, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for helping time and again whenever and wherever help is needed. Together we absolutely do make this world a better place – not only for the animals, but also for each other.