Sometimes the evening news makes it seem that way.
No one knew where the little dog came from or how long she had been there. A hiker heard her barking and notified authorities. She had probably been abandoned at Garret Mountain State Park in New Jersey by her owner who hadn’t taken good care of her.
She had wandered into a deep, narrow crevice on a cliff, maybe chasing dinner.
Around 25 firefighters on four fire trucks, some county Sheriff’s officers, an animal control officer, and the New Jersey Search and Rescue, a non-profit specializing in wilderness rescue, all converged at a cliff where the dog was stranded.
They climbed a 35-foot ladder and tried to coax her out with food, but she kept retreating out of fear.
Finally the rescuers devised a plan to scoop her up from above. They sent a team of volunteers to rappel down the 50 foot cliff to get the dirty, matted, skinny, dehydrated dog. Once she got in the arms of her rescuer, she was docile, seeming to understand why the man was there.
She was taken to a veterinary clinic where she was found to be underweight, but in surprisingly good health, and then to a rescue where she was converted from a smelly mini-Sasquatch to a happy, charming little Poodle who loves everybody.
No doubt there will be many people eager to give her a better life.
Is it logical for humans to spend so much money and manpower, not to mention risking their lives, for a dog that no one has seemed to care about?
Trolls and Neanderthals hate stories like this.
But to most of us, stories like this make the 3rd rock a wonderful place to live.