There is an Albert Einsten quote that I read several days ago that goes:
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing."
For several reasons that quote stuck with me and it ran through my mind when I was contacted by the rescue on Friday afternoon about taking a senior girl that was in a Virginia shelter.
The timing could not be worse with Carl still recovering, my feeling so worn out, and other things that life is demanding of me. But when I heard Cissy's story and saw her pictures like the one above, I could not "look on and do nothing," and so without any hesitation whatsoever, I agreed.
So after a very, very long day on Saturday, we welcomed Cissy to Golden Pines. As you can see in her photos, she has been very severely neglected. She was turned into the shelter by her 'owner' and I will only say that I have counted yesterday among the days that I marveled at how incredibly undeserving of the label “human” some people can be.
And with that I will also spare you the details of was matted within her coat, and just say that a friend met me at a 'dog-wash' where Cissy was cheered on by everyone in the shop that kindly donated everything that we needed to give her a really, really good bath.
I do not know what Cissy's story will be. Of course I am worried about her. All the dogs, including Todd, are very subdued around her. I know she is really not feeling well, and has many medical problems that will hamper a quick recovery, if one is meant to be. But as I sit here and look at her sleeping soundly, I am taken by her sweet old face and I'm grateful because I know that she is safe and has a warm bed to sleep on. And because I have no doubt that for however long she is with us, her story will end with someone who cares about what happens to her. And to me, that's what's most important.