July 14th 2012 5:25 pm
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Wiser beings than me have said that our destiny is written in the stars. Some believe that we choose the experiences we have before we choose this life, and that we do this to grow and have experiences, be they painful or sad, tragic, or happy and wonderful.
This week the Belfast City Council killed Lennox. They decided that he was a 'dangerous dog' based on his appearance. Below is an excerpt from the letter his family wrote:
'Lennox is a loveable 5 year old family member. He's an American Bull dog cross that we have owned since he was a little pup. On Wednesday the 19th May 2010 he was taken from our family home by Belfast City Council as they believe he falls under the dangerous dogs act for Northern Ireland. The Council, without seeking any proper professional guidance declared Lennox to be a breed of "Pitbull Type" and so they wish to kill him simply because he has the appearance of said breed. Lennox has never attacked anyone or anything yet the council have removed him from his home where he lives with my wife, myself, our 12 year old Daughter and his soul mate Juicy, a 2 year old female boxer. Belfast City Council are pressuring our family to sign him over to them to be destroyed however we feel the need to fight his case, he cannot speak but we will be his voice! If this was a human we would declare this racism. We ask every kind hearted person for your support, don't let them murder him."
Yet, despite a few million pleas, including from several very well known and distinguished rescues here in the States, Lennox was euthanized this week.
It makes no sense. Lennox did nothing wrong. His reason for being killed was that he was a 'dangerous' dog. He looked a certain way.
Many years ago, in Germany, those who were a certain religion, or a certain nationality, or considered to be 'different' in ways that weren't approved of were rounded up, and some were killed. Many spent time in concentration camps, and they had done nothing wrong. Their crime was in being who they were.
Lennox is blameless. He is an innocent, killed by an arrogant Government in the name of 'safety'. And so people in Germany were killed, in the same name.
Does ignorance ever die? Yes. With knowledge. With love, and with compassion.
In a sanctuary in Utah, a group of dogs learns that not all humans are cruel. They have come, little by little, these survivors of brutality, some by a so called 'athlete' who has stated he's 'reformed' to those of nameless beings who abused them.
Yet, dogs are amazing beings, aren't they? Forgiving, kind creatures.
They have come, these dogs, through the seventh circle of hell, to stand in the light of the morning sun, frisking, playing and socializing. Many have won the ultimate prize-they have been adopted. And others stand with their human caregivers, learning to love and to trust, and finding that yes, there is goodness in the world.
Mommy remembers a picture in the New York Times of one of the 'Vick' dogs,
'Squeaker' resting, shyly, her her small body leaning into her caregiver, who had his arms around her. Squeaker's pose showed vulnurablity and trust, a smallish dog reaching out with her soul. Under the picture, the caption:
'All Animals Dream. Only Dogs Dream of Us'.
Oh, that all dogs should be able to run and play and frisk, to know love and care and compassion. To not be 'judged' by a look. For dogs by nature are not mean. Humans do that harm, and dogs are forced into the role that such want from them.
Yet, dogs are blameless.
And I reach out across the distance, and blink a slow, careful and wise cat kiss to Lennox. Dear dog, may the heavens embrace you. May your next life open before you with every blessing. May those that love you find you again in time, a more enlightend and loving time, May you know every kindness and may joy find you, for I believe with all my feline intuition that 'the other side' is a place for us to gain perspective, and be joyful.
Dear Lennox, may the whilwind you have started, the revolution against breed discrimination make this row of dominoes fall and bring down those that have no heart, and have no compassion. Bless all those who fought so hard, and so strongly. Bless those who fight still, in the face of foolish and cruel legislation that demands killing or ostrisizing of those who protect and call 'dangerous' dogs companions.
For if now it's about dangerous dogs, it could be about 'dangerous' cats next, and perhaps next, again humans.
For what effects one of us, effects all of us.
Run free Lennox. I rise on my hind legs, and salute you with the power of the paw, and with all my small heart and soul.
We love you, and always will.
Love and light,
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So well said Ruffy, we heard about this on the news and we were so saddened and disturbed. My heart breaks for that poor family and for Lennox too.
Ours heart break too, it isn't dogs that do wrong, it is humans and sometimes owners that make dogs mean, but dogs pay the price.....we are so sorry for Lennox's family....this isn't right!!!!
A very bad business. We are sending purrs to Lennox and his sad family. Lennox, too, is a victim of the likes of Michael Vick. They have tarnished an entire breed, not to mention dogs that merely resemble it.
We seen it too, Ruffy~! Bad peepz, bad company, jus' bad~! I purr 'n cry fur poor Lennox~! Noooo, iz not rite, jus' makes me soooo sad~! Fly free, sweet puppy~! Fly ina Heavenz 'n U will be loved furefur~!!!
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