I have always believed that everyone and everything should be allowed a second chance at happiness. I think it definitely includes animals. It makes me so mad when you see and hear about these creatures who are being abused and intentionally hurt of killed by people because they can, from people who make dogs fight to guinea pigs who have had bad housing and have been left to be attacked or hurt by other animals, or living in dirty cages, the list goes on and on.
When we adopted little Kadaj, I could see that there was more to his story than we thought. Here was a guinea pig who was so nervous and frightened, walked with a slight limp and had half of his ears bitten away. I had to take that poor little thing home and give him a happy and safe life. It was the right thing to do. As I bathed him (he smelled like a dirty house and had so many scabs that had grown out and were hanging in his fur) brushed him and checked him over, what I found was shocking.
The poor little mite was covered in wounds all over his back. His back is heavily scarred so wherever he was before he was up for adoption, there was obviously an aggressive animal who was housed with him. Yes Hope can be a little shit, but these were not wounds inflicted by another pig. These were caused by something bigger. Much bigger. I had to clip away some of his fur around the wounds so we could get to them and clean them. The poor thing screamed in pain and fear and I felt absolutely awful for doing it, but I knew I had to. I knew I had to get to the wounds to clean them. I know in time, as both his body and his heart heal, he will forgive me for the fact I had to do the things I had to do, for his own good.
I had a good day today with Steve, Nat and JP. We watched a movie (OK so I fell asleep, but I wasn't feeling as well as I could have been) and generally laughed about so much. It is nice to have such amazing people around me and I do feel like I am part of something. A non-conventional family of the sweetest and kindest people you could ever wish to meet.
3 years ago