I am convinced that the best physical model for how the universe operates is the game of billiards. Each ball hitting other balls sets off chain reactions careening in random directions, toward unknowable results. Sometimes the balls even find their intended targets.
As it happened, a short while ago I ran into an acquaintance who told me a story about a mutual friend who recently found a stray dog. That dog was turned into OCAS and, as it happened, because of our friend's position in life the dog was accorded treatment different than most animals receive at OCAS, including a longer time to be adopted.
That was fine with me until a dog I photographed last Sunday was put on the euthanasia list on Tuesday, meaning the dog's photos ran for just one day before they were taken down in preparation for the dog being destroyed on Wednesday morning. But as it happened, I had an Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday evening and this gave me an opportunity to raise the unfairness of the situation with the OCAS decisionmakers. To my surprise and without hesitation or argument, I was granted a two week reprieve for this dog, named Lexi. I was elated, but unsure how I would proceed to get Lexi rescued or adopted. I contacted everyone I could think of who might be able to help or who might have their own ideas about how to proceed.
And as it also happened, Pawsitive Shelter Photography ("PSP") had photographers and wranglers at OCAS on Wednesday for our second day of weekly shooting at OCAS, and one of our photographers, Barbara Sheridan, saw a person looking at Lexi. Barbara talked up Lexi to this person and a short time later Lexi - instead of lying dead in a landfill somewhere - had a new home and life to look forward to. Great story, with random events and connections leading to a satisfying ending, except that ....
As it happened, when I got home from work that Wednesday evening I received an email from someone seeking help from PSP to save a dog. As it happened that dog was named Lexie. Lexie was scheduled to be euthanized at OCAS on Thursday morning. Of course I responded, thinking it was probably too late to reach anyone and I didn't hold out much hope that I could get an extension. But since there was at least one person out there highly motivated to save this dog, I knew that all was not yet lost. So I sent off an email to OCAS, essentially offering double or nothing on my recent good luck. Then I waited.
To my surprise, on Thursday morning I was notified that OCAS had agreed to extend Lexie until the following Tuesday. I exchanged email with Lexie's champion and the same people I had previously contacted about Lexi. Not more than three hours later I was stunned to learn that Lexie too had just been adopted, also cheating the landfill in favor of a home, a life and an opportunity to be a companion.
If I were a gambling man, I might have thought about Vegas, Atlantic City, or at least a Powerball ticket. But there was no need, because I had already won something far more valuable than anything cards or dice could offer. Counting the adoption of a beautiful dog by a friend, co-worker and fellow PSP volunteer, last week three dogs and three families had favorably touched each other, and nothing could beat that, not even a royal flush. Sometimes it just works out that way.