When Linda Breitstone saw the skinny dog on the side of the road as she drove past it, she did what most people would not have done: She stopped.
She fed the dog, gained its trust, took it home, called her veterinarian and, over the following weeks, brought it back to good health. Unable to keep the dog she named Toby, Brietstone is trying to find a home for it. Her actions almost certainly saved that dog’s life.
A picture showed the extent of its abuse: Skinny, the outline of ribs showing through, scars from what were likely past beatings. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to this Princeville woman for her actions. She set an example we should all follow.
You can bet she wasn’t the first to drive by that 8-month-old dog as it staggered along. It likely was out there for days wandering, lost and probably abandoned. Most of us would not be too anxious to get involved with an unknown dog. We don’t want to deal with the possible expense, the time, and God knows what other diseases or fleas such an animal might bring into our home. And really, who can get too concerned about every stray dog? Aren’t they pretty much everywhere?
But Brietstone cast aside those fears and worries and did what few would do for just one dog. It may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Simply put, it’s inspiring. Good for her, good for the dog Toby and good for Kauai. It’s wonderful to hear and share Good Samaritan stories.
Thanks, Linda Breitstone, for caring. Thanks for stopping when a starving dog needed someone to rescue it. Thanks for being there. You brightened our day.
We’ll do our best to follow your lead.