Oogy is a miracle dog. Against all odds, Oogy lived through horrible, unthinkable circumstances and is not only living, but thriving. He shows that past circumstances, no matter how terrible, does not have to dictate the quality of the future. Despite deep wounds, he could have easily died. Despite no apparent reason to live through something that could have killed him, he lived. Despite never having a human being on his side to love or show him any kindness, he lived through horror, and has come out the other side, Loving Big, Loving Joyously. The instinct, the Drive, to Live and Love are deep and Oogy shows us this in all its beauty.
Pit Bulls have a terrible reputation for being mean and aggressive and are well known also as fighting dogs. I have met quite a few Pit Bulls through working in shelters with Tellington TTouch for rehabilitation and to help dogs and cats be able to be adopted more readily. The Pit Bulls I have met have some special qualities that are incredibly lovable. These dogs have all had something special.
According to the reputation of his breed, he ‘should have’ turned out as aggressive to people, resentful, unforgiving, driven by instincts to hurt, hunt, even kill. But for Oogy, the opposite is true. He shows the power of the drive to live and love. We have much to learn from Oogy.
“ Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission—to be of service to them wherever they require it.”
St. Francis of Assisi