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The Green Wrist Band...
I never *ever* thought that a wrist band would mean so much to me........
Ann, one of our great volunteers, forwarded over a post about a boston mix found in the South Bay. Because I've been rescuing bostons for so many years, I wrote, offering to take the fellow in. Cat drove him into SF the next day.
Cat's daughter found him, actually. This brave 11-year old girl saw a bunch of teenagers with the dog. They said that if they don't sell him they were going to "hurt him". The girl ran home, got her allowance money, and gave the thugs $30... she brought the young dog home... they named him Pepe.
this was all I knew prior to the arrival of the dog. But while talking, Cat asked me if I remembered an auto accident some years back. A family's car was struck while on the freeway, trying to save a dog (which they did). the car was rear-ended by a guy who never saw them.......
That was Cat's car and her family. Her 12 year old son was killed in this accident. The eleven year old girl who saved Pepe had to be hospitalized for a month, in ICU, because of such severe injuries....... and despite it all... maybe *because of it all*... Cat and her family still stop to help animals in distress.
Tomas Clinkenbeard would have been 18 this year.... If you have a moment, stop by his myspace page, myspace.com/thomasclinkenbeard and leave a note... he was 12 when it happened....... He is still 12 on mySpace, and still the beloved son of a woman who really cares. I hugged her and cried..... she offered me a green wrist band, to remember him...... I have yet to take it off....
Take a moment to remember to cherish each day...... and give thanks TO those around you.... all we really have is love.