Val Silver lives in northern New York with her husband and Bichon/Shi Tzu mix, Teddy. She is a lifelong animal lover and advocate with a heart for animals and humans in need of compassion and healing. She wrote her first book, Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends, as a fundraiser for homeless dogs, to raise awareness of their plight and needs, and to show what wonderful companions these dogs make when given a chance. Val is a reading teacher, healer, and holistic wellness educator. She believes that it takes education, positive action, and compassion to create better lives for all creatures-animal and human.
I was so impressed with my son for rescuing a little pup in need.
After reading the story in the book, my eldest son filled in a few details which were omitted at the time of the incident. Something to the effect that "if he's still there when we get back I'm taking him.".This made me suspect it was more about taking the opportunity to get a pup than to save one - but evenso, he knew the pup was homeless and needed a home. Sean was all too happy to take the chance that Mom would say yes. I really wanted to say no, but I knew that would be a death sentence to Duke and there was no way I could do that. So I guess I learned something about myself too that day and remembered bringing home a few strays myself as a kid. This is how Duke became our first rescued dog.
Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends
There they stood with their big tan newspaper sacks slung across their bodies. Paper route complete, the bags should have been empty. Sean reached into his sack and pulled out a little gray and black spotted puppy. One look at him confirmed the obvious. He wasn’t somebody’s puppy gone astray. He appeared to be around two months old and couldn’t have weighed five pounds. With hip bones already protruding, it was also certain that he wouldn’t survive much longer on his own.