They came from very different worlds. But they shared one thing in common: They had been abandoned.
Yvette Holzbach keeps going back to the spot where she took the photo of this unlikely pair — a street in Houston, Texas known for unwanted dogs.
Through her rescue, Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward, she tries to save as many as she can. When she came upon this scene earlier this month, her initial reaction was human.
“When I first saw this dog lying on this tattered and torn soft toy my first reaction was, ‘Oh how cute is that?'” she wrote on her Facebook page.
Her next reaction was humane.
“Reality sunk in once I started taking the picture,” she added. “Here is a stray dog taking comfort in a worn-out, discarded toy.”
But Holzbach couldn’t take this dog with her that day. The rescue didn’t have the space.
“We are always faced with the dilemma of deciding which dog to send out a plea of help for,” she wrote. “This dog absolutely broke my heart but it was a dog that was in relatively good shape and unfortunately, the sad truth is, a dog in this condition would be much harder to find a foster for than any others we find in worse shape.”
Holzbach went back to the area as recently as Tuesday. She looked everywhere. No sign of the abandoned dog. Or his toy.
But she will keep looking.
In the meantime, perhaps this dog and his temporary companion might teach us all something about the realities of disposable culture: Animals are not things to be used up and then thrown away.
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