During a time when the world seems like a scary place, the story of Tashi the dog serves as a reminder that there is love, compassion, and generosity of spirit all over the world.
Back an April a pup named Tashi was rescued by exiled Tibetan monks at the Sera monastery in Bylakuppe, India. The poor, months-old dog had become paralyzed after stray dogs attacked her. The monks took the injured animal in and cared for her.
One of the Buddhist nuns at the monastery reached out to Handicapped Pets, an organization that provides products and services to help elderly, injured, or disabled pets. When Handicapped Pets heard the amazing story of Tashi they donated a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair so that the pup could walk around comfortably in her new home. (Since Tashi no longer has use of her hind legs, they now rest in the stirrups of the wheelchair.)
Lisa Murray of Handicapped Pets tells petMD that their friends at the monastery informed them that Tashi "is really enjoying her new way of walking."
Murray says that the story of Tashi and the monks who rescued her resonated with them and served as a reminder of the love that all creatures deserve.
"We were inspired by Tashi’s story because this world has so much very painful violence and unnecessary suffering in it, and the exiled Tibetan monks devote their lives to promoting a spirit of peace and compassion," she says. "Some people might have ignored the tiny, helpless little life that had become so physically damaged, but the monks saved her. She seemed to me to be a powerful representation of what is possible. How we treat animals paves the way for how we treat each other."
The feeling of gratitude and love was reciprocated, as the monks sent a thank you letter and a ribbon blessed by the Dalai Lama to the people at Handicapped Pets.
"It makes us feel great," Murray says, adding, "Sometimes the ripples of those efforts can have more of an impact than is immediately apparent."
Image via Handicapped Pets