Charlie Bear here.
What is today?
Veterans Day. It’s our day to honor those who have helped to keep our country safe.
I especially appreciate that. Can you just imagine a place where you had to hide from attacks? Where you had to scrounge for food? Where you didn’t know where you would sleep at night?
Some of that is what I experienced in my formative first year on the streets in Los Angeles. I had to hide from big dogs who I thought were going to attack me. It’s what makes me bark so ferociously whenever I see them on the street. Hopefully they get scared of me before they decide to run up and attack me.
Then there’s the scrounging for food part. I had to look in all the dumpsters and trash cans I could climb into. Mostly, I foraged for leftover wrappers from fast food restaurants where the people didn’t quite finish their burger.
And I never knew where I would sleep at night. Sometimes under a bush, sometimes in a grassy park, but never out in the open. That was too scary. An animal control officer could come around and try to snatch me, or a mean dog could try to bite me.
Aaaaahhhhh…..the blissful sense of peace I have now in a home where my Peeps love me.
It’s the same kind of peace all of us Americans (dog and human) have when we know we won’t be attacked on the street or have to scrounge for food or wonder where we are going to sleep. Some of the homeless in our country do have these issues, and I hope that we all can continue to give as much as we can so that they can have a bed, a meal, and a little peace.
Happy Veteran’s Day to our soldiers in combat, here at home who have returned, and those getting ready to serve. Thank you all.
Woofs to you,