A Holiday Hero: Bruce, the Canine Political Prisoner
As the holidays approach, we at Care2 are reviewing some of the stories we’ve covered this year. We want to highlight for you our Holiday Heroes.
Reflecting on my favorite Holiday Hero, I can’t think of a more admirable champion than Bruce, the dog. Bruce lived in Northern Ireland where the draconian DDA (Dangerous Dog Act) is still law. It gives the government the right to seize any dog — simply because of his/her looks — and euthanize them. Yes, BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) is the canine equivalent of racial profiling.
Bruce is an American Staffordshire terrier who was taken from his family because he looks like a pit bull. Bruce had never bitten a soul or shown aggression toward a human, animal or inanimate object! But he was taken just the same, and kept in a kennel for nearly three years while his appeal case dragged through the courts.
The happy fact is Bruce was finally given a reprieve and allowed to live out his life at EGAR (East Galway Animal Rescue) where he was transported this past July 29. Sarah Gunther — the angel from EGAR who never gave up her commitment to Bruce – rescued him and reports Bruce is doing very well.
Sarah told me in an email “Bruce… passed all assessments with flying colours and is now fully trained as well. He learnt Down, Stay, Heel, Into Bed, Here, Look at Me and is 100% housetrained. He is also bombproof with cats and other dogs, horses, cows and donkeys. He is taking commands from my 6 year old and takes treats very gently.”
“The only problem I have with him is extreme fence aggression, if the gate is open he welcomes all visitors with no problem but if the gate is closed and someone is on the other side then he gets very agitated. It has nothing to do with being territorial; it is simply a sign of his solitary confinement and the taunts he must have endured” said Sarah.
So why is Bruce worthy of hero status?
The lesson here is any living being who can endure this suffering and come out holding no grudge or a desire for revenge is the consummate hero. What do you think?
Photo of Bruce smiling with permission of eirefoto.com