was at first deathly afraid to stand up to anyone, about
anything. I never learned how to be strong, or even to have
an opinion. How was I going to stand up against a whole
country if need be? I had no idea others were working on
the chained dog issue. I just knew I had to do something,
and I had to take a stand. I took it one step at a time,
and just powered ahead. I decided not to let anyone stop
me anymore. I knew that much of the reason people do nothing
about the chained dogs near them is that they are afraid
of retribution. I decided that if I died doing this, it
would be the way I wanted to die, standing up for something
that mattered to me.
So I stood up for all those who cannot speak, and who will
not speak. When an address is reported, a letter goes out
with my name and no one else's. So when the nasty phone
calls come in, with the threats of harrassment charges and
the excuses, I'm the one who makes the case for the dog.
'He's a Huntin' Dog'. I guess they aren't qualified to
live inside? Is that a new breed of dog I hadn't heard of
with special outside requirements? Or 'It's My Property,
You Can't Tell ME What to DO.' This is a living, breathing
creature, not some old junk car left outside to rust. It
has needs that must be addressed. 'It's None of Your
Business.' Guess what? I'm making it my business!
The words of the song run through my mind over and over
again, 'I get Knocked Down. But I get up again. Ain't Never
Gonna Keep me Down.'..."
fear of standing against others is something that must be
Once the fear of death has lost it's stranglehold, a human
can do so much more
than ever imagined!
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