I called the police because the dog was panting. A Great Pyrenees left alone in the back of a Subaru Forester parked at a big box home improvement store. Yes, the windows were halfway down but the day was warm and the car even warmer. Especially for a dog trapped in a white fur coat.
Was I over-reacting? Maybe. But I went with my gut.
Should I have called the police? I think so. Just in case the guy didn’t come back and the dog keeled over. Was it hard? Yes, kind of. Standing up for others, people or dogs, when they are being ill-treated is not always easy. Especially when we are unsure about what actions we should take.
What about you? Have you ever felt uncomfortable standing up for something you thought was right? Or are you fierce and take action with gusto?
This message is adapted from a Women of the ELCA blog by Terri Lackey, “Acting with gusto” published in October 2012.
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