Monday, November 17, 2008


Every once in a while, I experience a coincidence which makes me go hmm.

Like the time I was in Ottawa and had just finished watching the first Harry Potter movie. There was a snowy owl in that first movie and I was thinking about it as I left the theatre, wondering if the owl was real or computer generated when I noticed a group of people on Sparks Street looking up at the roof of one of the buildings. They were doing the classic look and point and so, of course I had to look as well. What they were all looking at was a snowy owl perched up on the edge of the roof. At first I thought maybe it was a plastic bird but then it moved its head and a moment later it flew off.

I suppose if I were a superstitious person, I would've expected that to be an omen of an upcoming earthquake or something but since I was not superstitious, there was no earthquake.

Last week, I read an account by someone about a Lab they once owned who developed a curious habit of walking half way up the stairs normally and then turned around and walked the rest of the way up backwards. Weird. Never heard of that before and then I didn't think about it again until, on Friday, at the end of a walk with the yellow Lab at TAS, I decided to go up the stairs with her instead of taking the elevator back up to the adoption room and then ...



Lynda said...

OMG! That is hilarious, Fred!!

Anonymous said...

Apparently, after some searching on the Internet, it is not that unusual. It is a trick taught to dogs. I am wondering, if along with this lab's quickness in learning to sit, if someone had taught it to her. I have sent the video to my vet to see if she has any insight into what is happening. "Abbey" is a very bright girl, probably gravely underexercised and desperate for attention, human interaction, etc. I wonder where and why they come from and how they wind up at TAS. It is a shame and a waste. I am so happy that she was picked up by Lab Rescue. I think Emily is calling them (if there is only one) to find out where she is and if she can foster her. She needs a lot of work but I think she can be a good, good dog for someone. Besides, she is good at comic relief.

Anonymous said...

Hey Fred...Someone from pap rescue just sent this to me and I thought it very appropriate and that you might like to post it....
I rescued a human today.
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.

Caveat said...

Hey Fred, guess what? Everybody in the world is repealing their breed bans!

(worth a shot)