BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sassy Says

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


I received this story in an email and had to share.
(Thx, Kay)

Lost and Found Dog Saves Life of Boy with Down Syndrome
by Helena Sung

Photo: St. Petersburg Times / ZUMA Press

Do you believe in canine guardian angels and the kindness of strangers? You just might after reading this story.

Early one morning, Yolanda Segovia's neighbor, Stacey Savige, knocked on her door and asked her to temporarily take in a stray dog she had found. The scruffy terrier mix had no collar or microchip. Segovia eyed the pooch -- burrs sticking to his belly and mud caking his fur -- and reluctantly agreed to foster him for the day.
An erstwhile hairdresser, Segovia hasn't worked since 2006. At 47, she is a survivor of breast cancer and cervical cancer. A divorced single mother of two, Segovia shares her Port Tampa, Florida home with her 10 year-old son Azaiah and 21 year-old son Christian. Her elder son has Down Syndrome; he cannot speak or bathe himself, and he has had heart surgery and a kidney transplant, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Azaiah immediately took to the dog, whom he named RaeLee (pronounced "Riley"). Segovia and her sons bought the dog a collar, leash, ball and brown bed from the dollar store, and all that day, Azaiah played with the dog, laughing gleefully whenever RaeLee licked his face. "Don't fall in love with him," Segovia warned.

Segovia and Savige made 4,000 FOUND flyers with the dog's picture, stuffed mailboxes and put an ad on Craigslist. When no one called, RaeLee stayed the night at the Segovias' house. His dog bed was placed in the living room, but when the boys climbed into their twin beds, RaeLee dragged his bed down the long hallway and bunked with the boys in their room.

By Saturday -- four days later -- no one had called to claim RaeLee, and he was still living with the Segovias. The honey-colored terrier had started responding to his new name. He almost never barked, loved playing rambunctiously with Azaiah, and was tender with Christian.

One afternoon, the dog settled himself on the floor near Christian as he watched a "Barney" video in his room. Segovia was outside watering the plants when the placid moment was shattered by the sound of RaeLee crashing into the screen door and barking crazily. Alarmed, Segovia opened the door, only to have the dog race back through the house towards the boys' room. Segovia followed, screaming when she caught sight of her son. Christian was "slumped over, his body writhing in a seizure, blood streaming from his nose and mouth." RaeLee stood next to him yelping, but suddenly went quiet when Yolanda reached down to hold her son.

"If he hadn't come to get me," Segovia told the St. Petersburg Times, "the neurologist said Christian would have choked on his own blood and died." The dog, she decided, was a keeper.

But the next day, Segovia and her sons were heartbroken when someone called to claim the dog they had come to love. Randy Cliff, 34, who lived six blocks away said he had been searching for his dog -- real name Odie -- for over a week. Odie had lived with Cliff, his wife, their four children and infant granddaughter. Savige cried, telling Cliff, "That dog saved my friend's son."

When Cliff came to collect his dog, RaeLee a.k.a. Odie, leapt off the Segovias' porch and into his arms. Christian watched from a window. Azaiah stood on the porch watching the man hug the dog he knew as RaeLee. "We're going to miss you," he said, tearfully.

Looking up, Cliff took in the scene -- Christian looking scared, Azaiah looking downtrodden -- and asked, "Is that your brother?" Azaiah nodded yes.
With a sudden change of heart, Cliff put the dog back down. "Maybe Odie was supposed to find you," Cliff told a stunned and delighted Azaiah. "Maybe you should keep him."

And that is how the kindness of strangers -- Savige for rescuing a lost dog, Segovia for taking him in, and Cliff for giving up his pet to a pair of brothers who needed the dog more -- brought RaeLee to live with Azaiah, Christian and their mother.
For another great dog story, visit random ramblings.

Happy Trails,


Anonymous said...

Wonderful story. You have a really great blog!

Anonymous said...

Sassy is very serious about that quote! Lovely story, too. SH

MAX said...

A lovely story! ...although, I don't think I could give up my pooch! But, as I child, I too was encouraged to do at least one act of kindness a day. Kindness always works.
Tons of licks

Otso said...

Miracles do happen...

Sassy you're a wise dog! Love your 'sayings'. Keep them coming, luv.

Cocorue said...

such a great story......there are gooood hoomans around....i'm convinced now

and i know you have a kind heart too....i can smell it

have a great weekend

kks said...

ok, that's enough! :) i'm crying again! thanks for sharing another delightful animal story Kit! glad you mentioned rr dog story too....i think we'll be hearing more....
have a great weekend!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What a touching story. And a wonderful act of kindness - I don't know if I could give up my dog.


Madi and Mom said...

Sassy your eyes are GORGEOUS!!!
What a lovely up close picture mom got.
Kit that was a beautiful story about the sweet dog.
Ditto to Beautiful Creations post!!
Madi and Mom

countryliving said...

So touching.......tears.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That story is really special...each time we see it we are still touched...

PeeEssWoo: But not touched in the same way we are when Mom sees what her furmer favourite football team did ;-(

Dory and the Mama said...

Great story and it brings tears to my eyes each time I ready it!

Beth (The Mama)

Nibbles Treats said...

OMD! Our mom is leaking!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Ina in Alaska said...

What a beautiful story!

Shelley said...

Wonderful, wonderful story!!! And that Sassy gets smarter by the minute!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Kit, you are a special lady!! That was a great story! That story gos on in thousands of places around the world everyday! The dogs are just that special!! They save lives and spirits all the time! I love them all so much!!!
Love you all, Bambi & Fern

chicamom85 said...

How cool, we posted this story also on my hero of the week post. I am glad that we think alike!!Great minds think alike you know.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

JackDaddy said...

Sassy is one smart puppy!

Sophie Brador said...

Nice story. I just love the background on your blog. I kind of wish I had a duvet cover like that.


Sophie Brador said...

Nice story. I just love the background on your blog. I kind of wish I had a duvet cover like that.


Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

We got that story, too--very nice. No one should ever think to say "just a dog."