The Mark of Zorro
There is something about Zorro. To know him is to love him. To not know him is to be mildly uncomfortable by his presence, to say the least.
Honestly, I could play the writer’s game and tell you how lovely he looks when the sun reflect off of his amputation nub, or talk up those beautiful brown eyes, but who are we kidding? Zorro is not likely to win any beauty contests. Furthermore, he is nearly hairless, sports a tough guy Mohawk and is scarred up from his outright determination to get into dogfights with incredible regularity.
To ice the cake, Zorro is afraid of strangers, barking at them before slinking away for the first few days when they are around. Let’s be real, Zorro is what some would call “a dog with low adoption prospects.” But perhaps that in itself is one of his most endearing traits. Pardon the expression, but let’s scratch just below his surface.
You see Zorro is not as he first appears. He loves his people. Those who earn his trust are followed all around the shelter by this three-legged shadow whenever they work in the main yard. When ‘his chosen people’ take a rest, he is the first one there waiting for love. Most of his squabbles escalate from his being jealous of other dogs getting attention he has so patiently been waiting for. He is loyal to a fault.
- He is a tripod dog, so he has fewer nails to clip.
- Zorro uses very little shampoo
- He is leash trained and loves to go for his daily hop, but doesn’t need to venture far.
- Zorro is overflowing with a love of people. He lights up with happiness when he gets some one-on-one time.
- He is definitely a conversation starter
Seriously, many of us out there prefer rescuing misfit dogs – dogs with little hope of finding a best friend for life. I give you their king, the ultimate misfit – King Zorro. He’d do best in a one-dog home with you as the one who save him.
Take 2 minutes, close your eyes and think about these questions:
- How you would feel, being the ultimate hero to a dog who had little hope of ever finding a loving home?
- How would it feel to know you were the one who visited the shelter repeatedly for several days, knowing he was worth it, and untimely winning Zorro’s heart?
- What would it be like to look into those beautiful brown eyes and know that you are Zorro’s entire world?
- What pride could you take in knowing you’ve done what no one else would do?
- Is there a better connection to have with any dog?
Your eyes are now open. See Zorro’s beauty (and the way the sunlight shines off the nub).
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Nola Lee " Nola Lee Kelsey returned to Care for Dogs after 4 years in the USA. She is now a one day per week volunteer at the shelter and will be helping with various writing projects as well. Nola is the author of many books on subjects from voluntourism and dogs, to humor and politics. She is also the host of The Voluntary Traveler Podcast. Join her at
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