On our 7th anniversary, 2 days ago, Hussam and I adopted this gorgeous puppy. For those who follow this blog and have seen previous posts of mine, you’ll know that a puppy of ours passed away not too long ago.
After our puppy Palestina passed away, we weren’t going to adopt for a while. But after a few days of thinking about it we decided that it was no reason to close our homes or our hearts to another animal in need.
So, say hello to Bella. She was up for adoption for about two months. I don’t know why no one wanted her, but it’s probably because of the general view on dogs in the Middle East. And she’s not white. And she’s a ‘common’ breed here in Jordan. The list goes on.
She’s been to four foster homes and would have been taken to a shelter. It’s sad that an animal that has so much love to give is so easily shunted in some parts of the world. There are misconceptions that a dog is haraam (prohibited in Islam) but as a Muslim I believe that all living creatures should be treated with kindness and love. These are just two websites that speak of kindness towards animals in Islam: Animal welfare & Prophet Muhammad’s kindness to animals.
A few days ago while Hussam and I were watching National Geographic, he said, “If animals were like humans we’d all be dead.” Human beings, with our capacity to show either kindness or cruelty tend to be more cruel than kind. But there are those rare few people whom you meet that help restore faith in humanity, like the people we adopted Bella from.
For anyone who’d like to see some of the dogs for adoption in Jordan, visit Canaan Rescue Jordan’s Facebook page which is where we found out about Bella.Most of the dogs are rescues that have been abandoned and beaten and need homes filled with love.
So, in reference to the photo and the caption, we’re all guardians. We’re able to protect, nurture and love and that’s exactly what we should do.
& have an awesome Sunday, everyone 😉