Being faced with the worst that a human can do to another creature, sometimes makes it hard to imagine that goodness even exists.
But, then sometimes when life seems the bleakest, something happens to make you believe in the inherent goodness of humans again.
One little pit bull in Houston, Texas learned that lesson one day. He had faced the worst it seemed that life could offer. And, in the middle of all of the pain and horror, another human reminded him that there is always a chance at happiness.
Brittany Faske was the first on the scene when the All Dogs Official Rescue Enterprise of Houston received a call about a dog in need.
Like most people involved in animal rescue, Brittany had seen a lot of horrible situations. She had seen the worst of the horrors that humans can and do inflict on animals.
At least she thought she’d seen the worst.
Then she took the call that led her to a dumpster where an emaciated dog was lying, half dead. Besides the fact that the dog was skin and bones and could barely stand, Brittany was horrified to see that half of his face was literally rotting away.
Like something out of a horror movie, its mouth and nose were nearly gone, and parts of its snout were actually hanging off.
She was certain that no amount of love and care could stop the ravages that life had given to this poor dog. An infection that severe was surely in the bloodstream and no amount of antibiotics could stop the damage.
She packed him up and took him to their veterinarian. There, they discovered a good news/bad news situation. The good news was that the dog’s face was not rotting away. There was no infection.
The bad news? Some worthless excuse for a human being had literally cut the dogs lips and nose off his face. While undeniably grotesque and hard to imagine, this meant good news. The dog Brittany had begun calling Apollo actually had a chance of surviving.
Despite his agony, and missing part of his face, Apollo still wagged his tail at people and other dogs. He even sniffed at another dog through what was left of his nose. He ate and drank as if nothing was wrong.
It was obvious that no matter what someone had done to his body, Apollo’s heart still beat strong and true. And he deserved whatever it took to give him a life that would make up for everything that had happened to him.
He was taken into surgery where he had a skin graft and underwent intensive reconstructive surgery on his face. Soon Apollo was back to being a regular dog again. Doctors couldn’t save his nose, but they determined he is able to breathe out of his nasal cavity just fine.
Soon, it was time for Apollo to start looking for a new home. Brittany realized she had grown too fond of his scarred little face to not have it in her life permanently.
So, Apollo went home with her to be a brother to her two other dogs. Looking at his scars, realizing what he must have gone through, should make us realize how paltry some of our problems really are.
If Apollo can survive what he went through, we can get through anything too. He is a reminder of both the worst and the best of human nature.
May we someday live in a world where the best far outweighs the worst. And may those that create such devastation in the lives of innocent and helpless animals reap the very worst that karma can dole out.
Until then, it is good to know that such treatment of animals is now considered a felony. Whoever did this to Apollo didn’t get caught. But, those cruel humans that the FBI misses out on, we’re pretty sure karma will catch up to.