Interview With Randy Grim, The Man Who Talks to Dogs -- Day 6
Welcome to the end of the interview with Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim. If this is the first time you've come across this series I would suggest you may want to page down to Day 1 so you can read up on Randy. Then follow the interview through the rest of the blog entries. It will make your reading of the whole interview much more interesting.
This is the last part of the interview and Randy talks today about how he copes with the fact that he cannot save every dog.
JW: As youre sitting there with Mambo and you know that if you hadnt brought him in, his life would be a lot shorter, how does that make you feel?
RG: There was another dog that I loved and he was so happy to see me but I think he died and I feel guilty. But space is always such an issue. I leave a lot of them behind and I rescue them when we have the space. That part freaks me out. Im happy for Mambo. Im so happy for him. I had a name for the dog, Bolero. But I havent seen him and he would not miss a day. Never. So Im happy and sad at the same time.
JW: How do you work through that?
RG: I work through it knowing that there are so many Mambos and Boleros out there that theres always another one that needs my help. Its funny you ask that because I was thinking about that on my way here, not because of the interview, I was just thinking about it. How come I can deal with what I see all the time? I realize I that think its because I realize the scope of the problem.
I know the problem is so huge, not just big, bigger than huge, that I truly cant save them all and Ive accepted that. Its like accepting something about yourself that you dont like your height or your weight. Ive accepted the fact that I cant save them all and I can only save the ones that I can. And I think that once I realized it, truly understand that in my heart, understand it and its allowed me to forgive myself too for not being able to. It still makes me sad at time but theres a lot of joy too. I get to see these guys go to real homes and I get to see dogs that have been shot or beaten or burned not even look like the dog I rescued and see him go to a home with a full coat or sitting on the couch. And I know where they came from. Thats like the reward you cant even put a price tag on.
JW: Going back to what youre saying before about how these dogs have saved you. How does that work for you?
RG: I truly believe that if you do the right thing in your heart, things will work out for you too as a human being. If you told me when I was in my twenties that this was what I would be doing with my life I would have thought you might be off your rocker and I love what I do.
JW: As you sit there with Mambo knowing that you have saved him, how does it make you feel?
RG: With Mambo, great! Every time one is rescued off the street I know this guy right here. I always say to them all when I rescue them, youre bad days are over. Even if its going to euthanizing because theyre dying in my arms, still their bad days are behind them because theyre going to die humanely and not laying in the street like the dog that got hit by a car.
JW: Whats important for you about knowing that their bad days are over?
RG: My goal, it wont happen in my life time, is to see every dog have one day of love, shelter, food. But it wont happen in my life.
I know right and wrong and some things are just so wrong. I want to make it politically incorrect to deal with puppy mills or be cruel to animals. I cant imagine doing that to such a beautiful animal. Youre a monster as long as you treat it like a parking ticket.
JW: How do we get officials to quit treating animal abuse like a parking ticket?
RG: We must not just be supportive of local shelters and rescue groups. We must be active politically. Have a voice. Let them know what your issues are. A lot of shelters have no idea theres a pandemic of street dogs. Always be proactive with your legislators.
Thank you for staying with us through the whole interview! And thanks to Randy for being so candid in sharing his views and himself with us!