Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Changing the World...

There is a common phrase in the Animal Rescue Community; "Adopting one dog may not change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog."

The phrase is sweet, but I don't think that it is entirely accurate. You see, every dog that gets adopted does change the world. Adoptions change the dynamic and moral of a rescue organization, adoptions free space for another life to be saved but most importantly, that dog now has changed the lives of his new family. Dogs provide so much more than just companionship and warmth when they curl up next to you. Dogs show love and can teach compassion, empathy and respect. A dog can change the way that some people look at the world and inspire them to be an even better person.

Rudy was a dog that changed the world.
'Rudy' | Original 18in x 24in Painting by The Pet Studio.
After living life on a 3ft chain and suffering from abuse, Rudy was unaware that he was special. His previous owners had chained him, abused him and then abandoned him. Rudy ended up in a small shelter cell where he gave up hope that he would ever be loved. Then his world was changed. Ashley Owen Hill walked up to his kennel and saved his life. 

Ashley showed Rudy love and in return, he changed her life. Rudy showed Ashley unconditional love and forgiveness. Rudy was Ashley's inspiration.

While Rudy's life was cut short after suffering a heart attack at 3 years old, Rudy inspired Ashley to open Lucky Dog Retreat, organize a wonderful rescue, Lucky Dog Rescue and Co-Found Pet Pardons, which has saved the lives of over 3000 pets that otherwise may not have been so lucky as to find their own 'Ashley'.

Rudy may seem like he was just one dog; but, o
ne dog can change a person. One person can change the world.

Rest in Peace, Rudy... 


Stephanie Conrad
The Pet Studio | Owner | Artist