For the love of dogs
There’s no question dogs in our families love us unconditionally. No matter what we do, no matter what we say, no matter how we treat them they have the capacity to forgive, forget, and love us again and again, even after we sometimes fail them. They soften our hearts and show us how to love them, not just with words, but with actions.
So it’s no wonder many of us welcome dogs into our families and our hearts. But, of course, as much as we would love for every dog to have a forever home we’re limited as to how many we can personally care for. Many of us help out by volunteering at animal rescue organizations. We travel to areas where dogs are in danger, rescue them, and try to find them loving homes. Some of us foster homeless dogs until the right home comes along.
Yesterday I was contacted by a woman who was desperate to rehome her small 10 year old pup Sadie. Sadie wasn’t getting along with another, larger, dog in the household and was beginning to show signs of depression. Her access to the home had been limited for her own protection and Sadie’s once happy demeanor had turned to sadness.
Because Sadie is an older dog her mom didn’t want her adopted into a busy family with young children. She felt that Sadie deserved a calm, peaceful life with an older mom or dad who would dote on her and be her forever person.
I contacted a friend/neighbor who lost her dog about 6 months ago. She had told me she would never adopt again, but I decided to take a chance anyway. I asked her if she knew anyone who could help Sadie live her best life for the rest of her life. I reminded her that the joy and love our dogs bring us outweighs the pain of losing them.
Focus on the love
As my friend and I spoke I silently summoned The Secret and silently repeated “I’ll take the dog” and I almost fell off my couch when my friend said “I’ll take the dog.”
After I collected my thoughts I arranged for Sadie’s mom to speak to my friend and send pictures.