Our musical shows and Musical Truckin Dog Adoptions have taught me lessons in life about people and what true beauty is versus that what our society defines as beauty. The Hollywood models, the leading man with that perfectly carved body in a love story, the cover girl on a Victoria's Secret catalog without an ounce of fat and has the perfect face does not compare to some of the beauty I've seen in the people and pets that come to our shows.
People and animals come in many faces and bodies; sometimes imperfect but it seems to me the more imperfect the outer being, the more perfect and beautiful inner being.
This causes me to ask what is beauty?
Ramona Shelter brings lots of doggies to our weekly show in Ontario where we pray that a hard working drivers that travel back and forth across our country. Many of them will take on the responsibility of adopting one of these animals that need a home urgently.
Many times these dogs have been abused. They depended on someone to take care of them and instead were just left to suffer. When they arrive at our show their lives are turned upside down. When one person approaches them to say hello, they just begin to glow. They immediately lick this human who is talking to them and their eyes are begging to be helped, to be loved, to be healed, and no matter how what their condition the beauty of their heart remains intact.
The driver now petting this frail animal or taking it for a walk, or just holding the animal in his arms because the dog is so fragile comes in a variety of outer dressings; many of these drivers have been on the road, working a shift of five hours driving and five hours resting. This enduring schedule that I doubt any Hollywood starlet could handle becomes routine and is how these men and women earn their living. (Don't get me wrong, I know the Hollywood types work hard but there is no way they could endure one day of this lifestyle)
When they come over to see our animals we get people who don't fit the "Hollywood" stereotype but are just middle-class working America. The man treats his wife and kids like gold, his family lives on a few acres farm somewhere in the Midwest, he loves country music, and all of God's creatures. He makes sure that the homeless man at the truck stop has food and the animals that are in these trucks are well taken care of. Every dog is clean and friendly. Yes! His dog has social skills,
I know my two critters sometimes don't, but at our shows there can be 30 trucker dogs from pits to poodles; malamutes to Chihuahuas and all the dogs play together, licking everyone there, and happy. I guess I would be too, if I got to ride in a truck all day, get fed steak and be with my owner all the time, it is a dog's dream life.
I hope that we all evaluate our idea of beauty. Never judge a book by its cover or you may miss the most wonderful encounter of your lifetime. Our society has been deceived and often has a warped idea of what defines a beautiful person. I will take the person any day of the week that offers me integrity, love, warmth, kindness and, of course, loves animals. Although I love glamour sometimes I enjoy being at these shows and meeting these amazing characters more. These people have changed my life and I hope it will change yours too as you read about them.