24 October 2021
(19th day of 9th Lunar Month)
20 years ago on this day, I removed a puppy that had been kept in a junkyard along a defunct railway track and took him home.
That puppy lived for 15 years, gave me the courage to live alone and opened my eyes to the plight of street animals.
I named him Shoya 壽雅 meaning to live long & be gracious.
He gained his angel wings 7 years ago, but not a day goes by without his happy face crossing my mind. ❤️😊
Because of him I dared to venture into abandoned places to feed homeless dogs, walk in dim alleys to locate lost or injured cats and intervene in potentially abusive behaviour towards animals and people.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,” or versions of it has appeared on self improvement books, speeches & songs etc. I think taking Shoya home was the beginning of that for me.