Thank you, Westminster Kennel Club
for giving our tribute such a special part in your
130th Annual Dog Show.
CNN.COM says~ The Katrina tribute, featuring dogs and those that saved them, brought a standing ovation. A video montage on the scoreboard showed images of injured and abandoned dogs, accompanied by a song from Jackson Browne.
There is no way to prepare you for the stories that will come from Katrina.
Imagine sitting on the front porch with your dogs, taking in the fresh air after the storm when suddenly the dogs hair rises on their necks and they get up to bark at the sound of water rushing down your street. What is going on?" you might wonder, but without any form of communication, how would you know that there are two big breaks in the levee and water is rushing to fill the large "bowl" that is the city of New Orleans? Fifteen minutes later, panic sets in when to your horror the water is now up to your waist and rising fast. There is no time to pack or drive. What should you do? Maybe choking down the urge to scream you grab a hammer and smash through the ceiling to get to the roof. With barely enough time to save your own family you can't consider the pets your neighbor left behind. You might not even be able to save your own. If you've been lucky, you are now sitting In the hot, baking sun on top of your home. There are pets and people swimming past you in the polluted brown water that has engulfed the neighborhood. You feel helpless, terrified and lucky to be alive. But what about your dogs? Will the rescue boats be those few that will allow pets aboard or will you be forced to leave them by threat of guns and handcuffs?
Beginning in the very first hours, there were people quick to point fingers of blame, and no doubt for years to come, there will be some who will, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, use events as a way to admonish, embarrass, defeat those who were in the unenviable position of having to "Do something, and now". That same pressure has been felt by millions across our country, and the world over.
Tens of Thousands of individuals could see one truth clearly: