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Woman Hopes ‘Spark of Kindness’ Helps More Homeless Dogs

Woman Hopes ‘Spark of Kindness’ Helps More Homeless Dogs


Written by Karen Hendrickson of Minnesota

On a hot, humid Minnesota day I was driving home from a park with river access, with my large dog Tess. On the corner of a busy intersection I saw a round man with a beard and some very fun and creative signs asking for help. We made eye contact and I felt the need to help a bit. He was very good at working the passers-by although few if any, donated to his cause. As we were passing by, my dog Tess reacted with excitement, and that is when I saw a younger man sitting with two dogs on the corner. They were a team of homeless folk making their way to California before the cold weather set in here.

Iwas only half a mile from my home. I have no money to speak of, but I had just stocked up on pet food for my animals. I went home, dropped off my dog and packed up a bag of full of food and treats for the dogs. I grabbed a couple bottles of water and headed back to the corner. They were sitting in front of a taco place, so I parked in their lot. There was a picnic table with a mom and a group of about six boys eating their heaps of food. They watched me make my way to the two homeless people.

I gave the goods to the man and questioned why they were out there. They both started telling me the story of how they had fallen on bad times without jobs in Illinois. They teamed up because one was older and wiser while the other was young and strong. Their personalities clicked, so they embarked on an escapade of sorts. They traveled mostly at night while it was cooler, so as not to hurt their dogs’ paws either. The dogs were very sociable and looked good. I handed out some of the treats. Their tails wagging, they gobbled them up and drank some water. They appeared very healthy and those guys loved those dogs. The older fella told me that my town was one of the least giving they had ever run into. I am not surprised, sadly. He asked me if he could give me a quick hug and a prayer of thanks. I was honored.

When I returned to my car passing the table of boys, I just smiled and said, “just helping out my fellow man, and their pets that aren’t quite as fortunate as us.” Maybe it lit a tiny spark of kindness in their souls, and some day they may help another. I hope so.

So many believe that these people go home to big houses and fancy cars — that they really aren’t homeless. The statistics don’t say that. More and more of the homeless are veterans of the wars hard fought. We DO owe them help. All I know is that my heart felt good for days after and I think of them often. They were friendly people with friendly dogs.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase.


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7:56AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:34PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

There are so many homeless people who think so much of others and help with what little they have, it's amazing.

9:25PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

9:25PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

6:45AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Grazie per la condivisione e per la vostra gentilezza.

4:08AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Yes, we Do owe them help. A quick hug and a prayer of thanks....... from me too!

3:22AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

5:52PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

So heartwarming. Thank you for your kindness to the less fortunate and sharing this with Care2.

5:52PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

So heartwarming. Thank you for your kindness to the less fortunate and sharing this with Care2.

12:25PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Sun Aug 5 '12 So very sad, inspiring!! reading this sparked a vein in my heart... I read the one about the man & his dog behind the grocery store as well!!!!! Since reading this, I remembered there is this 1 young lady.. who sits @ a specific spot.. (she has a small piano, doing something for the handout.... ) (some just want the $$$) ANYWAY!!! I "happened (not my usual commute) upon" her again the other day. This time I was less preoccupied & saw she has a cat. & they are living in a shelter.- I am a peson of limited funds!! - I have 2 cats So I again gave her a dollar. Back home that night, while feeding my cats, I thought about it, I have several cans of cat food @ home, bought on sale!! I will bring some tomorrow!! She was not there the next day!! - went back the next day, she & the cat were there!!! The cat I learned was being cranky!!! she couldn't understand WHY?? ((when I am excited I use exclamation marks!!!)) - it seems the cat was hungry! - he didn't like what she had provided, that happens, right ??? - I was feeling good for helping, even better to have eased the frustration of both of them... The young lady, was then preoccupied... I quietly walked away, to give them "their time together"
Hopefully when we do this!!! - we do not do this for the RECOGNITION? !! "PAYING IT FORWARD"!!!!! I AM STAYING PURPLE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE AWARENESS !!!!!!! Vancouver Canada

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