Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One dog's story

The first time I saw Bosco he was sitting calmly on a bench in front of the Oakland animal shelter with a volunteer next to him stroking his ears. Even though Bosco is a big black dog, he instantly reminded me of the stone lions in front of the New York Public Library: stoic and noble.

Unlike the lions, Bosco has a silly side, which he's only too happy to share. The first thing you notice about him is his big goofy smile. The second thing you notice are the ragged white scars on his back and flanks, old scars where hair will never grow. Bosco's former owner poured acid on him; a horrific "punishment" that dog fighters sometimes inflict on dogs, like Bosco, who refuse to fight.

But despite everything that Bosco has been through, including the indignity of having been dumped in the night drop box at the shelter just days earlier, he's a resilient dog whose whole being projects friendliness and hope. I have no doubt that if Bosco's old owner were to show up right now, the same man who tortured and then abandoned him, Bosco might just wag his tail and bark -- and the meaning of that bark would be:
I forgive you! I forgive you!

9 comments:

farmlady said...

OK, give me a moment here.....
I needed a kleenex.
The best thing that ever happen to Bosco is that someone who didn't want him left him at the shelter and you found him there.
His new name should be LUCKY DOG, but I like Bosco better.
His life started with you, the other people, who hurt him can go to @&##.

itzktb said...

Tai, he is YOUR DOG?????

Anonymous said...

How fantastic that you've come along. How lucky for Bosco and how lucky for you! congratulations! Coop

Heidi said...

Just like the song - God forgives, Dog wags his tail...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17edn_RZoY&feature=player_embedded

Querulous Squirrel said...

Such a sad-happy story. A comforting thought is that Cesar Millan says dogs never live in the past, only in the present, so Bosco never thinks of what happened to him, only the happy times that are happening now.

smartz said...

Love the post! And QS's comment inspires me to be more dog like!

Tai said...

Farmlady, Kate & Coop: Bosco is one of the many amazing dogs at the Oakland animal shelter where I volunteer. He hasn't found his home yet, but his rough days are behind him forever.

Heidi, that is such a beautiful song & video, thank you for sharing it.

QS: I think Cesar is right, that dogs do not dwell on what has happened to them, they are ever optimistic.

Smartz, I agree! And it's a contagious attitude.

itzktb said...

As long as his "Ruff" days aren't over...

padiwack said...

What an aqwsome dog!