Did you ever stop to think that simply existing is a gift all on its own? No, really, just drawing breath and possessing your mental faculties is an amazing thing.
You enjoy the bounty of the earth and the company of others and the very thoughts that race around in your brain. It’s what theologians call common grace.
It’s too easy, though, for us to forget those blessings and live our lives as though they’re drudgery. At least until we encounter tales like that of a tough little dog from Davenport, Iowa.
Rudolph was one of those animals who almost seems fated for poor fortune. Placed in a shelter at the tender age of 8 months, he seemed destined for death.
In fact, according to WQAD, that was exactly where he was heading. His shelter was overcrowded.
If people don’t adopt the animals placed in such shelters, you know exactly what happens to them: They get euthanized.
And that was what happened to Rudolph. A veterinarian injected him with a cocktail of deadly chemicals.
There was just one problem (if you want to call it that). The injection didn’t kill Rudolph.
Kylie Jo Mitchell, who works at Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter, said, “He was euthanized, and when they returned to that room they came back and Rudolph was alive. … He’s a miracle dog, absolutely.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this ever, this is a first.”
When the euthanization failed, Rudolph was brought to Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter for another shot at life.
Now he’s getting that, too. His plight drew the attention of Jacob Hommer, a Des Moines based breeder.
He tapped into his network, looking for someone who might be willing to give Rudolph a home.
“My family and I we have bred Siberian Huskies for combat veterans, Purple Heart recipients, combat wounded veterans,” he explained.
“I sent (one guy) the story on this dog. I said, ‘Check this dog out and the incredible story.’
“And he was so moved by it and emotional that he was like, ‘I have to have this dog.’” That was how Rudolph found a new home and a new lease on life.
However, Hommer doesn’t think that Rudolph was the only one whose life got saved. He believes that they can help veterans find a purpose in life.
In fact, he says that he’s seen the psychological effects firsthand. “Having a dog, it’s something to wake up and fight for and especially a lot of these vets they are struggling to find a reason to get up in the day,” he said.
Liftable, a brand of The Western Journal, has reached out to Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter on Facebook for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.
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