Seven Little Words

Sep 24, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Contributors, Helping Hands, Joyce Brandon, Pets

by Joyce Brandon

Joyce is a part of Animal Compassion Team, an animal rescue in Squaw Valley.

Recently I was reading an article on exercising your brain (not that I think I’m losing mine or anything) and ran across a little game where you try to tell a story in just seven words. I thought this might be a fun little thing to run by our ACT Facebook friends so I asked them to tell us their rescue story in just seven words. I expected a few to respond but never expected close to seventy!

ACT rescue Ren

The results were creative, timely, heart tugging, and magnificent. I would like to share some of my favorites:
• “From the street right into my heart” Brittany Nixon
• “First pet, shelter doggie…forever changed priorities” Rebekah Seery
• “Went to just look, found true love” Sue Alexander
• “Each has a piece of my heart” kt
• “Shelter dumped, saved by ACT, loved forever” Stacey Teague
• “Almost euthanized, now sleeps in our bed” Courtney McLemore
• “Trusted none, evaded capture, then chose me” Arlene Daily

Look carefully at the little stories: “my heart”, “forever changed”, “true love”, “loved forever.” Does it surprise you that instead of talking about the benefit to the animal these rescuers talked about the benefit they experienced for themselves? It surprised me.

We love saving lives and certainly adopting a pet is a lifesaving act. There is something about that bond between a rescued animal and their new owner that is difficult to define. They seem to know you did something really special for them, and the feeling of satisfaction you get from that selfless act is incredible.

“Friend” Animal Compassion Team on Facebook and take a look at the other sixty or so rescue stories. What is your seven-word rescue story? Does the story point back to your transformation? If so, you are in good company. If you don’t have a rescue story how about this for starters: Save a life today, it feels good!

Check out the story of one of ACT’s rescues named Ren in the article “You’ve Been Renned

Ren’s seven word story: Enjoying the good life, thank you ACT.
Ren is enjoying the good life (see his pic at the top of the article) but still is looking for a family of his own and is available for adoption through Animal Compassion Team.

Learn more about ACT in their article here at KRL & watch for a new adoptable pet from ACT on our home page every week.

Joyce Brandon is co-founder of Animal Compassion Team, has lived in Squaw Valley for 21 years and has always had lots of four legged friends sharing her mountain home along with her husband Jim, and five children. Joyce works part time for Mountain Valley Community Church and splits the rest of her time between family and animal rescue work. Joyce believes animal rescue is a mission field God has called her to and has given her a passion for.


  1. Stole my heart every one of them!


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