You know that Jackson Browne song, that was in Fast Time at Ridgemont High? "She must be somebody's baby, she's got to be somebody's baby, she's so fine"... Well that's what was going through my head when I met Thomas yesterday.
This guy must've been somebody's baby... he's so fine!
Thomas is being fostered through Rosier Days Dog Rescue (RDDR) by my awesome friend (and our dogs' groomer), Kelsey. Although, unlike her other "foster", Dave, the girl dog, Thomas is a boy. In fact he's a bit of a tank who isn't super aware of his own space. I mean why should he be? He's all silly, and goofy and lovey.
Kelsey recently returned from Puebla, Mexico where she and RDDR partnered with Backstreet Dogs to host spay/neuter clinics where they helped over 400 dogs and cats get fixed. She also spent her days volunteering at the shelter, never knowing what the next day, hour, or minute would hold. It's unknown for sure how Thomas ended up on the streets, but he was found in very rough shape with a giant tumour on his chest.
His story is best told by what Kelsey shared on her instagram, @kelseysdoglife, September 28, 2018:
(and I urge you to check out more stories and photos on instagram)
"So I've finally met that special guy.. the guy you've all but given up looking for, because you don't think he exists. Well, he does and his name is Thomas!
Thomas made it to Canada and it's clear he was a family pet. Although his past may be unknown, it's likely that once the tumour started to grow, he was abandoned. The world of rescue sees it often.
Yes, it's the "world of rescue" because it's a global issue. Pets are mistreated and abandoned everywhere, not just Mexico, but everywhere, including where I live in a seemingly picturesque city on the west coast of Canada. Thankfully there are some incredibly passionate people who are helping here, in Mexico and wherever the help is accepted.
It's about education. It's about connection and sharing knowledge. And it's about compassion for all animals, wherever they are.
During our visit, Kelsey told me an story that is a testament how a little education can go a long way...
At one of the clinics they held, they noticed there were only female dogs coming in for spays. At the end of the day, a fellow was walking by and asked if it was possible to do the same for the male dogs. They said absolutely, and the next day there were a whole group of male dogs in line!
So the next time you see a story like Thomas' on social media that resonates with you, I ask that you take a moment to take some action. Maybe hold off on posting a comment about how awful the situation and how you hope those responsible will be brought to justice. Use that time and outrage in a way that can go towards helping make a difference for animals like the one that touched you. How? You can send a letter to government about making updates to antiquated animal protection laws (levels of government contacts are easily searchable online). Make a donation to that rescue/non-profit in that pet's name because even $5 helps! Every $5 helps! If you're like me and don't have cash to donate, maybe you can donate your time, specific skills or other resources. Maybe you can't foster or adopt, but there's usually opportunities to help with transport, fundraising and events. Even gift cards for gas and pet food come in handy!
A little time and effort directed to a specific action can go a long way when helping animals in rescue.
Thomas' time on the streets was clearly rough, but mostly all you can see now are the scars on his face, his purple ear from the drops he's getting and a rotten tooth which is scheduled to be extracted. None of this, though, does anything to hamper his zest for life. In fact, his two foster sisters Lily + Dave, absolutely love him (and they don't just love anyone). This guy is going to make someone's family so much brighter by his outpouring of love, silliness, drooly jowls and beautiful soul.
Welcome to Canada Thomas!
p.s. you will notice one odd photo in this gallery - you may not be sure what it is... well, it's the moment Thomas the Tank didn't put on his brakes when he was running towards his stuffy... BAM! Thomas and my camera came away surprisingly unscathed. Me, however, I think I will always have a little something extra by which to remember this special guy... and it will be found just above my left eye. xo
If you're interested in learning more about Thomas, please contact Rosier Days Dog Rescue!