There’s a story I heard many years ago and it concerns the Grand Canyon and the local Indians. Whether this is an actual legend or not is beside the point because it illustrates a truth we believe in our souls—and there is nothing more powerful or truthful than something we know because we believe. The story goes that an Indian was out hunting one day and came across a wolf. They were naturally suspicious of each other and each kept a wary eye out but, as time went by and their paths kept crossing, they became companions. Soon, they both looked forward to their walks together and spent hours and hours every day in each other’s company. One day, as they were walking along together, a powerful earthquake shook the ground and a chasm—which would soon become the Grand Canyon—began to open between them. As the gap grew wider and wider, the wolf looked across at his companion getting farther and farther away and, at the last possible moment, leapt the chasm to take his place at the side of man forever.
Our dogs love us, restore us, help us, guard us, and, more often than many of us know, lay their lives down for us. And they do these things not because they’re paid to or because it gets them a better doghouse, they do these things because they love us and because of that bond established far in the past when the wolf made that leap from a conscious and forever decision to remain on our side of the canyon.
I created this page on our website for a reason and it’s not so I could go on and on about our dogs. I created this page because these wonderful and loving companions don’t all find wonderful and loving homes. Thousands are euthanized every day in animal shelters around the world. Every one of these dogs has the same love for us as that first wolf. Every one of these dogs would gladly leap that chasm to be by our side. Every one of these dogs would give their lives for us if they had to. All they want is a chance to find that comfortable spot at our feet, next to the fire, or at the foot of our beds.
I have pledged that Saint Francis Capital will do everything within its power to bring this message to everyone: “Please rescue a shelter animal. They will always love you for saving them.”
We urge you, if you are thinking about getting a dog, to think first about the shelter option. If you must have a pure-bred dog, remember that there are rescue organizations for virtually ALL pure-bred dogs and the love of your life just might be waiting patiently for you there.
─Kaye (also Duchess, Lexi, Minnie-Moo, Penny, EmmyLou—and our sweet dogs who are no longer with us: China, Wiley, Miki, Willow, Max, Clover, Scout, Chief, Olive, Delilah… and so many others over the years)