Ever get an inkling your kid is up to something? It's not clear exactly what, but you know that he is hiding a secret of some sort from you? That is what one curious dad suspected when every day for two weeks his young son would take long walks without revealing where he was going. The man wondered what in the world his child was doing. What he discovered will bring you to tears.
Each day, his 9-year-old son Ken was loading up his backpack with leftover food and scraps so that he could feed the starving stray dogs in their neighborhood in the Philippines. The poor pooches were so used to the boy's kindness, they would approach him as soon as they saw the child coming.
They were a motley lot of dogs -- dirty and appearing to be suffering from mange (a disease caused by parasitic mites). But that didn't deter the boy, who fed them pizza and whatever else he could scrounge together. He wanted to help these defenseless, abandoned creatures. Most people would run the other way if they saw these dogs approaching. Even the father admits, he'd always been pretty disgusted by them. That perspective, however, changed after witnessing his son's extraordinary act of kindness toward them. "He doesn’t have my prejudice and paranoia I guess," the dad told a reporter. "I was blown away when I saw that little zombie pup do a hi-five again and again."
Now the father gives the son dog food to take to the strays and plans to get their mange treated. Their hope? People will start taking them in. In fact, the little boy one day hopes to have his own animal shelter. He started the website HappyAnimalsClub.com to chronicle the plight of these poor animals. It's such a heartwarming story.
Often times, the youth that get the most attention are the ones doing things that leave us shaking our heads in disapproval or disgust. But this is a reminder of the amazing care and kindness they take upon themselves to show others. Any parent would be proud to learn their child had such a big heart.
What's the most surprising act of kindness you've witnessed your child doing?