Aw, the thought of abused dogs just collapses my heart.
I'd like to be like my Golden Retriever, Bowie, who is incredibly sweet, energetic, inquisitive, loyal, happy, adventuresome and empathetic, and an absolutely beautiful joy. He can sense when someone isn't feeling well, and will sidle up alongside them and gently nuzzle his head against their arm. I volunteer at a literacy clinic for children from underprivileged homes, and recently started bringing Bowie in with me as my "assistant." A lot of the kids are too self-conscious to want to read in front of one another, and they often get bored just sitting in a room reading one of the volunteers, so instead, they read to Bow. He sits there patiently and attentively and never interrupts them, and he's had a very genuine impact on their reading abilities. The kids want to spend time with him, so it keeps them motivated to keep coming back every Saturday. If Bowie was a person, he would be a charismatic, charming, and effective leader. Most Goldens have this awesome, golden nature, so that's the kind I'd want to be like.
~ Pax / Peace : )