"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
One person can make a huge difference..
xoxo from Speedy
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
"Son", the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said "I made a difference for that one."
When God gave man dominion over animals, I believe that He wanted humans to be good stewards of the land showing concern for the welfare of all. Read about Speedy's tale below and the exemplary human models of what I believe God intended when He gave man dominion over animals.
Once upon a time, Speedbump (aka Speedy, a Gunnison's prairie dog) was found lying in a ditch on the side of the road by a young woman in Flagstaff, Arizona who cared enough about his welfare to take him to the local Humane Society. The Humane Society contacted the Wildlife Center. The Wildlife Center contacted a scientist that studies Gunnison's prairie dogs in Flagstaff. Many individuals cared enough to assist the little prairie dog. One scientist cared enough about his welfare to make a call to learn what to do for him, and was directed to take him to the state Vet to have his injuries tended. Since he was a young pup, he could not be released back into the wild, because the origin of his coterie was unknown, and because of his injuries. The scientist cared enough about his welfare to contact the FDA to request a permit to drive him from Arizona to a forever home at the "Midwest Prairie Dog Shelter" in Indiana. The FDA Director cared enough about his welfare to permit the permanent relocation of the pup to a safe place. Speedy had a second chance at life because people cared.. and it made all the difference in the world to him. He was very grateful to have the chance to live out the remainder of his life with tender loving care. When it was time for him to go to Rainbow Bridge, he passed from the arms of his loving human mom, to the arms of an angel.
The decline of all five species of prairie dogs requires immediate attention.