Jenkins and Walter subscribe to a different version of the story, though. "We like to hope that the person who was supposed to kill her couldn't do it," Jenkins said. According to him, it's not out of the question; he has received a number of message from people who say that just knowing about Esther has made them re-evaluate their relationships with all animals.
Jenkins and Walter feel similarly. A few weeks after they adopted Esther, both men began to question their dietary habits, wondering how they had come to conclude that some pets were "friends" and others "food." Then, one night, while they were making dinner, the two men had a lightbulb moment.
"We were making breakfast for dinner, actually, and there was bacon on the stove," Jenkins recalled. "Esther was standing in the kitchen next to us, and I remember that Derek looked at her, and then he looked at the stove, and then he looked at me. It was like we both realized the same thing at exactly the same time." Eating meat wasn't a question anymore. "We threw the bacon in the trash and we were done," Jenkins said.