David Sobal

Find David Sobal’s display at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue.

“The one thing about the job that I did not expect was that I would be speaking with people in tears as frequently as I did, as they recounted their dog that may have passed away recently and they were looking for a new companion.”

I was fired from a job that I loved dearly for feeding a baby seahorse. A week later I received a phone call from my former supervisor. We talked for a while. I cried because I was pretty upset about it. Shortly after our conversation she sent me an email and said, “How do you feel about dogs?” She had become the animal wellness coordinator at Animal Friends, a large animal shelter.

I wrote back and said, “Well, they’re individuals. Some dogs are like people.” That started a conversation. They were looking for adoption counselors. Prior to that time, my experience with dogs was as a runner and a cyclist. They would chase me and sometimes bite me. I certainly had met friendly dogs, but I had met a lot of very unfriendly dogs. She said, “We can teach you. I know what kind of person you are, what your values are like, and how you engage with the public. That’s what we need.”

The one thing about the job that I did not expect was that I would be speaking with people in tears as frequently as I did, as they recounted their dog that may have passed away recently and they were looking for a new companion.

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