I rooted for former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott as he tore through the Big Ten, I cheered as he gashed Wisconsin and Alabama with long, soul-crushing runs, and I chanted “Zeke, Zeke” as he ran for multiple scores to secure Ohio State’s national championship win against Oregon.
But now I like him even more.
Elliott, who was the first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys this year, has been tearing it up in the NFL, too. But the story that really caught my eye was this one, about Elliott making a big donation to help Texans adopt rescue dogs from the SPCA of Texas shelter. It turns out that Zeke is a big-time dog lover — big enough to contribute $10,000 to the SCPA, propose an event that would encourage families to take a dog that wants a home, and then personally show up to escort the dogs to their adopted families and give them a special treat.
Zeke’s got the right idea. I wish more people would look at adopting rescue dogs. My brother-in-law is a dog lover who always gets his dogs from the animal shelter, and he’s right about that. Our current dog Kasey was a rescue dog, and she’s been a terrific addition to our family.
Rescue dogs don’t deserve to be penned up in a kennel and run the risk of being put down because of space issues. They deserve a home, and people who adopt them might end up getting a really great dog, as we did. As Russell points out, many purebred dogs have health problems — that’s often a by-product of the inbreeding — whereas mutts usually don’t. But the mutts are dogs just the same, and happy to hang with people and share their hearths and homes.
As I said, Zeke’s got the right idea. If you’re looking for a dog, won’t you look first at the local animal shelter or SPCA facility?