Rolling out our new “Dogs With Heart” project logo as we prepare for the 3rd clinic in less than 2 months in rural Sri Lanka. 148 dogs have already been treated for a combination of mange, tick fever, worms, and bacterial infections, while another 37 families received vitamins, medicated shampoo, and flea treatments for their animals. We’re excited for the next big clinic, as for most families here it is the only access point they have for their dogs to receive medical intervention.
And as exciting as this is, it is something that occurred at the New Years Day party the village children threw for me that showed me the power of the Heart. Two homeless dogs, Flower and Ali, have adopted me after receiving steady treatments for their various issues. In the past when the children came over for English classes, they would mimic the harsh behavior they have learned elsewhere, with fear and revulsion being extended to the pups. On Monday they were talking to, petting, and even cuddling the little tail-waggers! A handwashing to follow kept hand and heart healthy, and today, instead of stones being tossed, they actually called for the dogs to meet them on the dirt road.