In “An open letter to the man who made fun of my dog,” a proud dog parent addressed a mean-spirited passer-by who laughed at the appearance of her dog – a dog who had survived eight years of having been a victim of a puppy mill and used repeatedly for breeding until she was finally rescued.
The photo of Lulu appeared on Imgur.com and related an incident when a person,
“who almost fell down laughing and posed the question ‘What the *f-word* is that thing?’ as I was carrying Lulu into the pet store to get a new harness.”
Lulu’s human openly admits admits her dog has a funny look, but why be so mean? Does it make all of us wonder what this person would say to a parent of a child?
“I wished you hadn’t ducked into the diner so quickly once you realized that I heard you,” Lulu ‘s owner writes. “I wasn’t mad. I’m not naive, nor am I stupid. I know Lulu has a silly little face. She makes me laugh every day.”
This had been Lulu’s first trip out of the house besides veterinarian visits:
“It was a big trip for both of us. I wish you would have asked to see her or pet her so I could have told you about her. I could have educated you about puppy mills and animal abuse. You would have seen how sweet she is. You would have understood that Lulu looks the way she does because of 8 years of neglect and abuse. And that isn’t funny.”
Lulu’s owner pointed out that Lulu, despite all the mistreatment she has had to endure, she is still an extraordinarily kind dog:
“Not that you should be sad. I personally find it inspiring that after all she’s been through she isn’t mean. It’s amazing to me that every day she trusts me a little more; and that simply being able to finally pet her, after a hear and a half, fills me with so much joy.”
Lulu isn’t the first special needs dog this amazing rescuer has welcomed into her home and her heart either:
“i would have told you about how she initiated my love and desire to care for senior and special needs dogs. And that once I realized that she needed a companion, I met my best friend Cas, a senior dog who happens to be missing a leg. And how adopting Cas introduced me to the rescue group that I now foster for. She started me on a journey that I never imagined for myself, and that’s pretty cool. It makes me smile!”
And at the end of Lulu’s owner open letter, there was a thank you:
“So thank you, somewhat rude guy, for reminding me how lucky I am. I’m sorry you didn’t get to meet Lulu. What knows what wonderful things she might have inspired YOU to do.”
The letter was signed “????”
(Photo via Imgur)
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