Walking along sidewalks in the mornings, you notice dogs everywhere. You see those old ladies with their little miniature poodles; joggers with their little golden retriever companions; and maybe even pass some puppy playground where they’re all gathering together with their friends. You observe how lively they are. With their long tongues sticking out, they are smiling that cheery puppy smile.
Not all dogs are in this state. They aren’t all merry like those puppies. In fact, all over this world, they get abused, abandoned, and crammed inside a dark crate. Not too many notice those neglected dogs running around in the city; all lonely and desperate for a home.
The ‘Unleashed’ group had brought a new change in the community. Founded by Stacey Radin, this circle brought a new inspiration in making a difference in the society. “Changing one girl, one dog and one community at a time’ is the ‘Unleashed’ group’s motto.
When meets on the weekends took place, Pilots kindly “escorted” dogs over to the dog spa where girls waited patiently with food and wee-wee pads for the puppies. They were hungry from the long ride on the plane; the moment they saw the meal, the puppies ran over and started gobbling it all up. I have never ever seen a dog eat so much at once. Piling around the plates to get their fair share of food, I was sitting next to them; astounded.
Each group of girls were in charge of a certain dog, and in this first meet I ever went to, me and Paola (from ‘Nightingale’) were supposed to take care of Percy, a small “golden” puppy with a pimple on his forehead.
He was such a sweet little thing– like all the puppies in the room. All energetic from the food they had, most of them were running around the room, finding the open space comfortable to move around in.
Soon, they’re foster parents came in to take them. Girls were starting a discussion about the puppies as the “parents” took turns holding them. How the puppies brightened their faces and how the parents brightened the puppies’ little faces too.
Somehow, making me know that these puppies have found a good home and family for now made me feel good all of a sudden. Those beaming faces on the parents; and the puppies– well they were smiling that puppy smile.