Just another reason why dogs are such an inspiration to the people who rescue them… and love them.

 Please watch the video of a little dog that had been severely neglected, beaten and then rescued. Her new owner named her Starfish, after the famous story an old man and a boy walking on the beach, and how the boy made a difference. For those that have never heard the story, here it is:

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “I made a difference to that one!”


7 Responses

  1. I have loved the story you wrote about the starfish. It is wonderful. I wonder if you would either post it on the Jears site, to let people know that it just takes one person to make a difference. If not, would you let me have permission to post a link on that site to let people know that they should read this story? It really is inspiring. Thank you for posting it.

  2. It is to let people know that they can still make a difference to the animals in the Fukushima zone, by signing the petitions that are circulating. There is some movement to allow rescue of animals, but the pressure should stay strong. And, for some reason, I keep thinking of your story when I send petitions to my friends. It really is such a nice story.

  3. Thank you so much for allowing me to post a link to this story. I truly enjoy your writing style. This site is my private “vacation” spot. I just enjoy it so much.

  4. The starfish story is one of my favorites and I was so happy to see it on the Kinship Circle Facebook page. Thank you so much!

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