Throughout my lifetime,
I have spent countless hours in the company of dogs.
Truth be told, dogs have been some of my closest friends.
Honest, loyal, loving...
you just cannot beat canine companionship.
We've loved and lost...
it's what you live with when you ask a dog to join your family.
Sadly, they live a short lifespan in comparison to ours.
When it happens, the loss feels unbearable.... like our hearts have collapsed
without the love to fill them.
Slowly, our hearts begin to open up.
The grief leaves and we are filled with loving memories.
And somehow we forget the pain...and jump right in again.
At one point in time we found ourselves with five dogs.
Now, to most people, five dogs seems like four too many.
Somehow, though, it worked.
Three of the five were elderly...and before too long, we found ourselves
back down to two dogs... Oakley and Sam.
The following Spring we found Annie at the local shelter...
and she is now such an integral part of the family.
Fast forward to now.
I keep an eye on our local shelter's website...checking with some frequency to see what
animals are in need.
Weeks ago I saw this little fellow....
(no, it's not a picture of Annie)
he looked as though he could be Annie's brother, but he was 1 ½ years younger.
I used restraint and didn't move on my curiosity.
Tuesday, when Hubbs and I went to the shelter to pick out his house kitty,
Hubbs met this fellow in person.
Each time Hubbs walked past his yard, he stopped to talk to him, and pet him.
Needless to say, they made fast friends.
That evening there was much discussion about this Annie look-alike.
And the call was placed.
So.... next week, this little fellow is coming for a visit.
He will meet the canine family and we shall see how they all feel about each other.
he might stay.
"They're crazy!" some might say.
But, in my heart of hearts....
I know we can make all the difference in this dog's life.
If the other three are willing, we can give this dog the life he couldn't even dream of.
Our hope is that he and Annie bond and become playmates.
Sam and Oakley are both getting older now and their activity level is not at the same pace as Annie.
Having a playmate who is just as athletic as she is will be good for her.
And I can always use another "helper" at chore time!
We shall see... next week.
We will only proceed with the adoption if everyone in the house seems willing
to accept this friendly, playful, little guy into the family.
Without the farm, we would be a one, maybe two-dog-family.
But with all this room to run and play....
And who knows....maybe we are crazy!
But there sure are a lot of canine souls out there who just need a family to love...
and we've got a lot of love around here!