I am guilty of this! My mother to this day says I am/was such a picky eater because I had colic as a newborn! I do not appear to have missed a meal. :) I have blamed my parent's divorce for reasons why I had trouble dating and yet I have a wonderful husband!! I have heard friends of mine blame their health issues today because of what their parents fed them 30 years ago! Crazy, isn't it? We can find a million excuses for how we act or behave due to something that occurred years ago. With animals, not so much. My kitten was thrown away like garbage, riddled with fleas to the point he was anemic and yet he is the most friendly and lovable pet I have ever had.
This is a wonderful story from our favorite animal shelter. A pit-bull mix was treated horrifically and left for dead and still when the shelter picked her up she wagged her tail and was ready to be loved! I ran in their first 5k to support the shelter and all the great things they do. It's a must-read.