Monday, November 17, 2014

XENA--THE LID FOR JONNY'S POT


The season of those dreaded ASPCA commercials with the incredibly sad looking animals is here. I can't watch the ASPCA offerings, they are too heart wrenching. Thank goodness for those fast forward and mute buttons.  If you'd rather be uplifted than brought down, keep reading.

I have always believed there is a home for every animal. Even those hard to place animals are perfect for someone or as my Grandmother would say, there is a lid for every pot.

This is about the lid for Jonny's pot---Xena.

You may have seen this before. I found it on my niece's Facebook page (thanks Jill) so those of you on Facebook may have all ready seen it.

If like me, you hadn't seen it-- then meet Xena.  I worked for years in animal rescue but never saw a dog in this bad of shape. This caricature of a dog weighed 4 pounds and had a one percent chance of survival. She was literally skin stretched tight over bones.


This video tells the story of a determined to live little dog that opened up the life of an autistic child and became ASPCA's dog of the year for 2013.



Enjoy this sweet video with a very happy ending and remember to support your local animal shelters if you are able. They do wonderful work. Not only money but food, bedding and old blankets are welcome. If you need a little exercise, dog walkers are always appreciated.  Also if there is room at your inn for a creature who will think you are flawless, consider adoption.

Now wasn't that better than seeing all those sad puppy eyes on the commercials?



23 comments :

  1. Very heartwarming. I'm so sorry that any creature could be in the shape that Xena was in. And yes, the ASPCA does a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing this, I hadn't seen it before. :-)

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  2. Well there was a great way to start the day with a happy cry. Love the story. I had not seen this before. You know this story of a boy with autism and a abuse surviving pitty would be near and dear to my heart. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I can 't watch those commercials either or the ones with the hungry children. I have seen that story and it's heartwarming, but I'm going to watch it again because this old heart could use a little warming today (it's almost 0 outside this morning)...

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  4. Oh, that brought me to tears. So very touching, that story.
    I cannot watch those commercials at all--too upsetting.

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  5. Sweet Patti I am typing this trough some very teary eyes, but this video made my day. What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing the video. Hugs for you and nose kisses for those sweeties from me and mine!

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  6. I can think of no better test of character than how someone treats animals.

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  7. I had not seen the video previously, what an inspirational tale, and just so sweet. Thank goodness Xena was able to regain her health.

    Like you, I have a hard time watching those commercials and I'm pretty good at hitting the fast forward button.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That is a great story. I have high regard for people who take care of abused animals, but I do get concerned when abused animal stories on the news can garner so much attention and sympathy, and yet we ignore the plight of so many children. I heard the statistic today that 1 out of 30 children in this country is homeless.

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  9. Ahhh--what a great story.. I wish everyone who wanted a pet would 'rescue' one rather than buying one from someone--especially a Purebred... Don't people realize that a 'mixed' breed is usually healthier and has fewer problems than a Purebred does?????? Oh Well--there are always puppies and kitties to adopt...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. How heartbreaking but also heartwarming! What an incredible and beautiful story. Wow...thank you so much for sharing this.

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  11. Oh my who can watch this without crying. God Bless the family who adopted this poor puppy and thank goodness she has brought so much into their lives.
    I too can't watch the sad commercials. The thought of any animal being abused,hungry or lonely is heart breaking.

    I have missed you so much. Came by here several times on my nook and tried to leave you a comment but it would not let me. This computer issue has gone on long enough. I guess I have to go shopping soon.

    Thanks for checking on me and for posting this video. I am on my phone and hard seeing what I am trying to type. Lol
    Love
    Maggie

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  12. I will second Stephen's comment- there really is no better test of character than how someone treats animals.

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  13. I worked in an animal shelter for a brief time but it was long enough to see a dog in this bad shape, unfortunately that dog did not make it. It’s so sad how some animals are treated. Thank you for posting this.

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  14. I do not understand how people can abuse animals. So good to see this loving match between dog and boy.

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  15. I am so pleased that you all took the time to watch the video and were as moved as I was. I will never understand cruelty to animals, to kids or just to one another but will always be delighted when abuse is healed and kindness is used to bind the wounds. It restores my faith.

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  16. Having an autistic grandchild this brought me to tears.
    To answer your comment on my blog. Bill Wilson was anonymous to media but not to AA members.

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  17. I have seen a lot of rescue pets but thats have to take the cake. So happy to have a happy ending but so sorry to have seen that horrible starting place. makes me want to go out and hug all my cats and my chickens and give my dog Slim some extra attention today.

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  18. You touched my heart.

    www.volatilespirits.com

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  19. I can't watch those animal commercials either but this is an unbelievable story. I know absolutely nothing about autism but this story shows the power of loving a pet.

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  20. What a tear-jerker, Patti! That pup was in such bad shape - sure hard to look at. Later, with a family to love, the dog absolutely glowed. Good for Xena and Johnny. Hope your Thanksgiving is a happy one. We're pooped tonight after celebrating Pop Pop's birthday with the children and grandchildren.

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  21. That dog looks like my Ki-Anne.

    I think I married the last guy like that...on some days.

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  22. We were lining up our charity contributions for the year and I see that Art did include the Humane Society. It's hard to believe that dog looks that healthy now. What a wonderful story.

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