Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Old Man and the Starfish

A young man was walking along the beach when he noticed something very strange up ahead. The beach was covered in what seemed like thousands of starfish, and an old man was slowly reaching down, picking up one starfish at a time and throwing it back into the sea.
Approaching the old man he said,"There are thousands of starfish stranded here, and you're throwing them back one at a time? How can you possibly think that you're making a difference?"
The old man slowly reached down, picked up another starfish and with a loud grunt, threw it as far out into the sea as he could.
Turning to the young man, he said, "Made a difference to that one."
Today is National Make a Difference Day, and I just wanted to post a thank you to all of you who work so hard for the hounds. There are so many of you who go above and beyond in your efforts, and the difference you make is beyond compare.
But, like me, there are also so many who have rescued one or two pups in need. I know I sometimes feel like I haven't really made that much of a difference when I think of the tens of thousands of homeless or suffering dogs. But then I look at Mollyd who we brought home literally minutes before she was to be put down, and Jimmy, and Petey, and Tilly whose stories are similar. No, some of us have opened our hearts and homes (and wallets) to only a few dogs, but like the old man and the starfish, we should remember that maybe we can't help them all, but we made a difference to that one.

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