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October 1--  A story by Therisa Ingley, President of the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society, and friend to homeless animals everywhere.

"I am constantly amazed at what I have learned by being a foster for SOAPS animals. Today I learned a very valuable lesson and  I jus thad to share.  So, please be patient and read along.

I learned today that we should all be more like the SOAPS animals we rescue.

Two very special dogs helped teach me that lesson.

First, there is Casey.  He was just a puppy when someone took him home fromthe Lyons shelter the day before the mass killings.  You might say what a lucky dog, but he was far from fortunate.  He went home to a family that tied him to a tree with a wire and basically left him there for 6 months.  SOAPS got a call from the Montgomery County Sherifff's Dept saying there was a dog tied to a tree who wasn't going to live much longer if someone didn't step in.  Casey was rescued--a scared, nearly hairlessguy who was severely emaciated with the wire restraint grown into the skin about hisneck. 

He was fostered at the Ingley house for more than a year before being accepted by Badass Rescue in New York.  This time, Casey did hit the jackpot.  He was adoptedby a young lady who absolutely adores him--despite the fact the first week he chewed up several thousand dollars worth of shoes.  Casey now lives in Boston--Beacon Hilarea.  In case you don't know, this is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country.  His new mom friended me on facebook so I get to see all the wonderful things happening in Casey's life.

Now, let me tell you about Pearl.  She is a beautiful white german shepherd that was thrown out at a dumpster with her puppies.  She was scared, timid and obviously mistreated. Very afraid to come near us.  We rescued the pups right off, but it took over a month to win Pearl's trust and get her home.  Last week, a wonderful couple from Hinesville drove all the way here after work to meet Pearl.  It was love at first sight on both sides.  Theminute the man stooped down to speak to Pearl, she licked his face.  She had only done that to me once.  I knew she had "selected" her new owner.  Several time this past week the wife in the family called to say her husband was as excited as a child waiting for Christmas as he waited for us to deliver Pearl to Hinesville.  Dennis and I made the home visit to day and left our sweet Pearl with a loving family.

So what do these two dogs have in common.  First they were someone's "throw aways" who by the grace of God and the hard work of SOAPS were rescued and found loving homes.  Second, they went to people who wanted them and were willing to make the arrangements to care for them.

All of SOAPS dogs go to loving, safe homes.  That is our goal.  BUT, not all the homes are the same.  Casey lives in an exclusive neighborhood of million dollar homes. His "mom" rubs shoulders with the movers and shakers of our country.  Pearl lives in a cute little ranch house in Hinesville.  Her new family are everyday people like us.

AND this is the lesson I learned.  Pearl will never be jealous of Casey.  Why should she be?  She has all that she needs to be happy--a home, a couple of good meals a day, and people who love her.  AND Casey will never feel superior to Pearl.  Why should he?  Money, influence, education, a big house are all just "trimmings."  The only thing that matters to him is a home, a couple of good meals a day, and someone to love him.

Are you getting my drift here?  Wouldn't it be great if we could set our sights on the only really important things like these dogs do--a home, a couple of good meals a day, and someone to love us. 

I wish every animal could find what Pearl and Casey have,  I wish every PERSON could also find what they have.  Now then the world would be a good place."