"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out." -Lou Reed

Monday, August 10, 2009

Rescued

Last year after a painful, crippling breakup, when it seemed everything was falling apart with me and depression was creeping into my everyday life-- it was so easy to crawl into bed or under a blanket on the couch and lose a day or two-- then cancel plans to lose another day on purpose. At the time I already had cats as pets, three actually-- all rescues-- and they were comfort and entertainment, but they weren’t exactly heartbroken that I had chosen to hunker down and become a homebody.

On a day when one of my friends wouldn’t accept excuses, I agreed to meet her after the Christmas holiday for a late gift exchange. She had just gotten a puppy for her son, and on the way to meet her, I decided to stop by the local Petco to grab something for her new addition to the family.

As I drove into the parking lot, I saw several dogs from a local shelter in front of the store in various cages and dog pens, and I honestly contemplated not going in. Tears came way too easily at that time, and I always find it so heartbreaking to see these animals begging for a new home. It is also way too tempting as an animal lover to stop and get hooked on those little faces peering at you.

But as I turned into my parking space, I caught sight of a puppy, a large one. He was all white with one brown ear. I had the strangest, strongest feeling, I can’t explain it, but I thought, that is my dog. I shook my head and figured it was the depression talking, and decided that I was moving to a whole new level of crazy if I felt that I connected with a dog I didn’t need and couldn’t afford across 30 feet of asphalt.

I got out of my car and made my way closer and stood over this little wire playpen he was in and he caught my gaze. I sat down on the sidewalk and stuck my fingers through the bars and he came over and looked at me. Everyone was commenting on how beautiful and sweet he was. A nice couple came up and started giving him attention and I looked at the husband, who was next to me, and said, Please take this dog home, you will be doing me a favor. He responded, chuckling, that they were just looking. And then he said, I think this is your dog, anyway.

I made the biggest snap decision I have ever made. I told the volunteer I was going to adopt him and signed the paper, paid the fee, and went into the store to buy everything I needed. When I got all the puppy necessities I could think of loaded in my cart, I went up to the cash register to pay, and the cashiers were both teary and talkative. I said I was adopting a new puppy outside, and asked about a book of coupons I was supposed to get for new adoptions. Both cashiers hurriedly asked me which puppy? And when I told them, one of them came around and hugged me. Today was his last day, she explained, he was going to be put down if he wasn’t adopted by 3pm when the shelter loaded up the unwanted dogs and took them back. It was 1:30pm.

So, he left with me, and we got in the car to drive to meet my friend, and I looked over and thought, what have I done?

What I had done was brought a little being into my house that was having nothing of me laying around. He needed to go outside, he needed to be walked, he needed my constant, undivided attention. He needed to be comforted, fed, cared for, and watched constantly. He also brought some stress and frustration that any 12 week old puppy will, but it kept me busy, made me keep the house clean, made me move valuables out of paw’s reach. He got me out into the cold air, made me meet neighbors I hadn’t met in two years of living in my neighborhood. He got me talking to people at dog parks, and visiting my friends to show him off. He and the cats found common ground, and even became playmates and napmates. I named him Bear.

Any animal lover can relate, and even if you aren’t a dog person, there has to be some recognition of the connection and healing. I wasn’t ready to let any new person into my life to love, and I had even had trouble letting my close friends in on all the pain and sadness I was feeling. But, this little animal gave me no choice but to let him in. And it opened up my heart just enough to allow me to remember what it was like to love and be loved.

Even though I know I am biased, Bear is a beautiful dog. People will literally stop their cars when we are out walking to ask me what kind of dog he is. I love telling people that he is a mutt, a shelter dog, a shining example of why you don’t need to visit a breeder or buy a designer dog to get a gorgeous, wonderful companion.

There is a certain gratitude with rescue animals, I see it all the time. It is as if they know you saved them, and in small moments, there is such recognition from them of-- you rescued me—you saved me.

I rescued Bear in every sense of the word. I did save him.

And in return, he saved and rescued me.

98 comments:

sammis2shoes August 10, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

You made me cry.
Thank you for this heartwarming beautiful reality in life.
S.

John Bryson August 10, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

Wonderful Story....absolutely wonderful.

Undine August 10, 2009 at 11:32 PM  

Such a wonderful, sweet story! You made me cry as well! Thank you so much for sharing. Here's to you and Bear - and the kitties - and your new life together!

Judith August 10, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

Love this story. And I'm so glad you and Bear found each other.

Megan Coyle August 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM  

What a beautiful post. Your dog is adorable, and that's so wonderful that the two of you were there for each other when you needed it the most.

ronnie August 11, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

Wow i like the story. I love dogs. I have a black lab and a rot mix. Your dog is pretty.

honey_baby August 11, 2009 at 12:58 AM  

Your story is inspiring! There is nothing more beautiful than the companionship of a good mutt.
cheers!

Joanna August 11, 2009 at 1:14 AM  

What a beautiful dog your Bear is! And thank you for your honest writing. Animals are true heart healers.

Maggie May August 11, 2009 at 1:44 AM  

What an adorable pup. I totally get this...I've had dogs my whole life, and Percy was my rescue dog...in my childhood. A post for the future. Lovely

m.d.weaver August 11, 2009 at 1:52 AM  

Animals are the Universe's way of communicating to us that which we need to know. I have a cat named Bear, and he has also been very nurturing. It's so good to know that there are others, like yourself, who rescue animals. I rescue homeless kids. Or at least I try to. Peace to you

Sreya August 11, 2009 at 2:30 AM  

Beautiful and heart warming!
Bear is indeed a beautiful dog! And a lucky one too!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

nikgee August 11, 2009 at 6:25 AM  

Boy does your story hit close to home.....

knitwit August 11, 2009 at 6:49 AM  

I have two rescue dogs, and one was a last-minute save too. I smiled at that last line because way back in October I wrote a post saying the exact same thing about my two little monkeys. I think every dog owner can relate to that feeling.

ComfortWriter August 11, 2009 at 7:12 AM  

Wonderful post! We recently purchased a puppy and I agree whole heartedly - she has been a source of renewal for our family.

india August 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

dogs are better than men anytime AND you don't have to fold their socks

~ Dawn Sparks ~ August 11, 2009 at 8:17 AM  

It is so amazing how you each saved each other! Very touching! I love reading your blog, it is so inspirational! Please keep it up!

Dawn

Wendy August 11, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

Precious story. What a beautiful Bear! :)

amzngrace August 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

I always look forward to reading your stories. This one touched my heart in so many ways, as I can relate. Thank you.

Chauncey August 11, 2009 at 8:33 AM  

This is a great story Kim, being an animal lover myself and working in the pet food industry I can definitely relate to this story and how you feel. Pets are truly amazing things and I see evidence of that everyday at work. Have a great day-Chauncey

ashd August 11, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

Bear is adorable. It's so great that you found him, because it does sound like you both needed each other.

breathe. August 11, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

what a wonderful story! and Bear is very very cute!!!

Eva Gallant August 11, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

What a beautiful story and dog!

Daphne August 11, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

I'm new to your site, but your story touched me. My husband wants a dog quite badly and has been dealing with depression since he has been job searching for over a year now. Your post reminded me how important it is to go with your gut. Thank you.

Lilian Moreira εϊз August 11, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

Kim, this is such a beautiful story. You and Bear are a blessing to each other. :)

Dimple August 11, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

I can relate--he was truly your dog, and you knew it. My dog was from the shelter, too, and although this particular shelter is no kill, it was still a rescue. Blessings!

Nicole August 11, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

Bear's story has a Happy Ending ... thants so much for taking him.

My cat was on her last day too.

cheryl (clee) August 11, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

I'm really a cat person, but any animal story, especially a rescue story, just warms my heart. You might even say you were meant to find Bear and the only way you would have been there at that place and time was to go through that miserable break-up.

Danielle August 11, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

I can really relate to this. When my mother divorced my father it sent him into a complete depression and suicidal thoughts overwhelmed him. I lent him my dog for about a month. They were inseperable. My father still to this day says that he would never have gotten through that if it weren't for Kiowa.
By the way, Bear is beautiful.

Rose August 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

Your photographs are beautiful, I've enjoyed them very much. As a fellow Francophile, merci!

Lena August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

I was so touched by your story and it gave me shiver down my spine.

I found my dog while I was living in Dubai. He was also a homeless dog and when I saw him, I knew that I would do anything to bring him home with me. I usually tell people that he picked me and it was love at first sight. He was such a scared little thing, but it didn't take long for him to blossom. He still has a problem with some men, but we are working on it together. :)

I used a lot of time and money (and bribes) to get him with me home to Sweden. He is such a happy dog now and I couldn't picture my life without him.

x Lena

LouDuk August 11, 2009 at 12:28 PM  

This is such a beautiful post. I know people around the world are crying after reading this. I have a shelter dog two. People ask us all the time what breed she is, because she is beautiful. We love to say she is a pound pup.

e August 11, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

you are so right, they really do know when you have rescued them!

Tay MF Dee August 11, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
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V August 11, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

You made me Teary eyed.. I used to work (volunteer) for a lady who took in strays and tried to get them adopted by people. It's very time consuming and financially overbearing. But I did what I could, and yes.. One does take pride in seeing an animal get adopted, I would have hugged you too.

Rose August 11, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

This is such a warm, fuzzy and heart-warming story! I loved it! I'm so happy for you, Bear and all your kitties (I've got cats too. A whole family of 4!)
I also loved your photography. You click amazingly well!!

Steven Anthony August 11, 2009 at 1:32 PM  

Ok Im a guy, and Im not supposed to cry, right? Well Im sobing right now...your story touched my heart. After losing my mother to brain cancer, I had what I refer to as"My year on the sofa" she was my mom and best friend. The only thing that brought me out, was the day my brother brought a new puppy over to my house and very quickly, before I could say no left her in my care, Lola brought me back to life.Thank you for sharing this story, just wonderful:)

Lynn from For Love or Funny August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

I love dogs, too. Their unconditional love and constant optimism are balms for the soul. I'm so glad Bear came into your life when you needed him.

Gardenia August 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm just now getting around to reading the blog of note section on blogger for July 28. which I recently found, and so I'm reading all the blogs of note backwards, and hit upon your blog. I've not commented on the other blogs, in case you are wondering. I just have to comment to you. your writing is lovely. it flows and --- more --- I am not a dog lover, never have been, and have always said I will bnever owb a dog, just have no desire, but... reading your post I actually want to run out to a shelter and bring a dog home ( your dog *is* cute by the way and that may have something to do with it but really, it was the way you wrote about the eperience that awakened this desire to gohelp a dog and start a wonderful exciting new bond with an animal). but also, I too had one of those periods in my life where I was depressed and devastated and just went into my shell, and I so so related to how you described it. You are a very good writer. I enjoyed your post. congrats on being named a blog of note.

S.E. Sward August 11, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

I got a little verklemmt reading your story. I'm not a dog person, I'm a cat person and house staff to two over-fed felines, but I wholeheartedly agree that rescued animals know - they just KNOW - they've been rescued, and they are so loving and grateful. Why would anyone want an expensive designer kennel pet when they could have a pet like Bear ... thanks for sharing the story. Btw, I love the new look of the blog. I found you via Blogs of Note and have been following you ever since. I even have a link to your blog on my blog!

blackholesandmacrame.blogspot.com

Peggy Jo August 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM  

Thank you Kim for sharing your story. I enjoy your blog and all the information you share. Blessings.
PJ

Why Me August 11, 2009 at 8:19 PM  

that was a great little story. It reminded me of my dog whom I haven't introduced into my blog yet but she is on the list.

I got my dog just before I was made redundant from my job and she has been the most uplifting, inspiring little character who is growing at the speed of lightening in front of my eyes.

Hugs to yourself and bear!

Bengal Tigress August 11, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

bear is the most adorable with his little brown ear! i'm amazed at how your stories are so similar to what's going on in my life. while i'd been thinking about this since my own painful breakup, in a few weeks, i'm getting two kittens (from a rescue organization) specifically to help me heal. i want something to love without going through the pain of remembering my (now)ex. thank you for sharing your story. i never thought there would be someone else out there who knows exactly how i feel.

Art August 11, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

I don't like dogs. I didn't want to read this post. I kept trying to stop. I couldn't.

I hope you are writing a book. The world needs to see it.

Single Girl August 11, 2009 at 11:48 PM  

I love this. Perfect timing for both. Made me cry!

Scruff August 12, 2009 at 8:17 AM  

That was the story I needed... I just sobbed my heart out.

Im not normally a dog person but I think you may of just changed my mind... I am finding times really hard at the moment and to know something can love you unconditionally must be the best feeling in the world x x

Pat August 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

This relationship was just meant to be. What a wonderful story. I'm glad Bear came into your life. Yes - you save him, but yes - he saved you.

Christina August 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

Your's is the 2nd comforting story I read about dogs today. The 1st was how a lost dog saved a downsyndrome boy[in reality he's an adult 23yrs of age] and how the rightful owner saw how much his beloved pooch brought to a single Mother with 2 boys!
I feel for your sadness, I too have been there and while there is a great responsiblity / cost in caring for an animal in these times, they do bring a certain something which we all need - love!
Perhaps, I too will find a Bear!

Sandi August 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

Yeah, I know what you mean. I have a Gilead, half Sheltie, half Collie. Bought him from a farmer, so he wasn't a rescue, but in the months after I got him I found that he really was a 'balm to my heart' as his name says, during the first 10 months with us, and all the chaos and loneliness at the time. He calmed and soothed my heart.

Tanis August 12, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

Great timing with the puppy it would seem, for a number of reasons. Your blog being featured on Blogger helped me to get mine started. You also introduced me to Shelfari which will be a lot of fun for me. (I saw that you like David Sedaris, his audio books are great too. He does his own readings and some of them are recordings of his live presentations.) Thanks for the help.

Anna August 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

This brought tears to my eyes. You are an amazing writer!

T. Marie August 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM  

I love your story and I've fallen in love with Bear. You and he found each other in a nick of time...Funny how life works. I'm glad that he helped you get out of the house and your depression. Your blog is very inspirational. Thank you.

Michelle Johnson August 12, 2009 at 10:32 PM  

your pup Bear is adorable. you couldn't have picked a better dog. that patch of brown over his ear just sets his looks off. have a great night.

Angela Fullerton, Zen Mama August 12, 2009 at 10:44 PM  

Kim - love the story, love Bear. You and I write in very similar fashion - we are able to see the signs and lessons given us when we least expect them. Plus, we've both experienced great heartbreak. I am new to blogging, happy to be here and overjoyed to "meet" you. Keep up the great writing! I'm a fan.

Christina August 13, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

Bear is absolutely adorable! All three of my dogs are rescue mutts and I wouldn't want it any other way. All are sweet and well behaved, at least as well behaved as a dog can be ;)
Thank you for sharing your story!

leo August 13, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

i love happy ending. Bear is soo adorable. Both of you are lucky to have each other.

Butterfly Kisses August 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

Wow,that is an inspiring story. I had a similar situation happen a while back. My best friend was adopting two kittens from petco. I went with her to help her shop and pick them up. When I got there I noticed this little gray boy kitten and fell madly in love with him. I am a firm dog lover but this kitten just called to me so I adopted him. It turns out that I was allergic to him and so was my live in boyfriend at the time. I didn't know what to do. Then I was talking to my friend James who was just going through a rough break up. He was lonely and hated the feeling. I told him about possibly adopting a pet and then I thought about sweet Mokie at home. I asked him if he would be willing to come meet Mokie and if they suited if he would be willing to give him an amazing home. He agreed and as soon as he saw that kitten he knew the Mokie was supposed to be with him. That kitten helped through his tough times and to this day he says he has no clue where he would be with out the love of that cat. :)

lady elle August 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

good lord this dog is adorable!!! I started following your blog when you became a blog of note but am just reading this post today. I decided to add 'thumnails of recent posts' to my blogroll and your little bear's face led me here!!! so sweet. and such great writing.
♥~L

J.O. August 13, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

He'll always love you...it was destiny! Congratulations!

Karen August 13, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Beautiful post, and I'm crying. And.. I, too, have brought home not one but TWO dogs spur of the moment, and they are wonderful additions to the family. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon August 13, 2009 at 6:34 PM  

What a precious story. There is nothing like the love of a dog. I'm a rescuer, too. I'm down to four furry mutts right now. They are each so special. Such a blessing. I went through a horrible divorce and ended up giving up everything so I could get the dogs. They comforted me, warmed me, cheered me, saved me through it all. I love them so! I hope you are feeling alive and whole once more.

g2bhapi26 August 13, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

What an amazing story. I'm not really an animal person but depression is something I totally understand.

Penny For Your Thoughts August 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

A beautiful, insightful, and lovely story. We have 3 "rescue" dogs, and a pure bred beagle we got as a puppy for free from an employee of a "dog food testing" company local. Beagles are commonly used for this purpose because, as I understand it, their intestinal digestive system is a bit more sensitive than other dogs. Anyhow, you get the idea. Thank you for sharing your stories.

topmomblog August 14, 2009 at 1:40 AM  

You and Bear needed each other - that guy was right when he said "I think this is your dog anyway". I've been reading your blog since you were named a blog of note (Congrats) and have a link to it on my blog www.topmomblog.blogspot.com.

kelly August 14, 2009 at 2:41 PM  

sounds to me like you saved eachother.. you will not regret it, your pup will be loyal to you.. and what a cutie.. good luck with him.. Karma my friend it's all about Karma.. enjoy!!

Preeti Nayyar August 14, 2009 at 4:12 PM  

This post touched my heart..you finding Bear and he finding you was destined..he's adorable!

Fidgeting Gidget August 14, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

This is the nicest post I've read anywhere in a while. What a great story. I'm a dog person, so I'm a sucker for any cute doggy pictures and I love to know that other people love their pets as much as I do. You two are a perfect match!

Carissa August 14, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

this is a beautiful post. and Bear really is a beautiful dog! (I can say that with complete sincerity even though I think my pup, Hazel, is the cutest dog ever! haha) but really, this is a sweet and moving post. I really do believe an animal's love can redeem us, change us and save us. and your story is just one example of that.

btw, I happened upon your blog when you were a blog of note :) just thought I'd share how I got here...

RMBPcola August 14, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

Well, I didn't cry. But I present this as evidence that dogs are simply way cooler than cats!

rmbpcola.blogspot.com

cyndi August 14, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

Darling dog. They have a way of sneaking into your heart, don't they!

Entrepreneur Chick August 15, 2009 at 1:11 AM  

Which is why, after your sweet, sweet story about Bear and how much he means to you- I got SO FURIOUS today that the Eagles picked up that explotative Michael Vick. (And I am not going to be a fan, until they drop him.)
"Awww, HELL NO, PHIL EAGLES!"
www.entrepreneurchick.blogspot.com

Kiss Bear from Eliot, my Yorkie and from Emerson, my Boxer. And hug yourself from me- for opening up your heart, which you had every right to keep closed for a long, long time.

Betty Mann August 15, 2009 at 7:21 AM  

Hello Kim,
I love your heartwarming story,because I also love animals,and unfortunately had a colli named Tara who passed away.
Thank you for sharing with us.I hope now you are ok after all you had. I' m already following you, pls follow me.
My blog: cutand-dry.blogspot.com
Have an enjoyful rest of weekend

Gaia August 15, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
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Gaia August 15, 2009 at 8:34 AM  

Hi Kim

Reading your blog on Bear, reminded me of my little one. In fact I wrote about him in my blog today. They were fond memories.

Bear looks like a fiesty little fellow, am sure you'll have plenty of fun times with him. cheerz

J. August 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

I cannot tell you how true your story is...I had been in a bad relationship and only realized how bad it was when I found out that the man I had been dating wasn't just horrible to me but to my kitties as well...that's when I left.

Cheri Pryor August 15, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

Aww!! Mr. Bear....love him.

Sophiagurl August 16, 2009 at 1:37 AM  

I love your post...and so does a lot of people. I love the way you created your blog it's pretty neat and very pleasing to the eye. God bless!

K13 August 16, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

What a great story!!! And Bear is absolutely adorable!!!!

DJ August 17, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

I really adore the story, almost made me shed a tear.
Check out my blog.
inmymindtheblog.blogspot.com

Maria August 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

OMG, I read your post about adopting Bear and I cried and even as I write this, I am still a bit chocked up. That was the most beautiful story I have read in a very long time. In the past I have always adopted animals from the shelters; that was a long while ago and now they are all in animal heaven. I live alone now and no longer can work and keep thinking I should get a small dog to get me out of the house and into the world. Your post helped me finally make the decision to go to the local shelter and find a new little friend. Thank you for sharing such a heart warming story! -Maria-

cherie August 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM  

Hey there. I'm new to the blogosphere and just stumbled onto your blog. It's wonderful. Your puppy is adorable and what a heartwarming story. I'm so glad you rescued him and he rescued you right back! I'll be sure to stop by again soon.

Catherine August 17, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

Nice story!!! What a cute dog

Rainysoul August 17, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

You really need to put a kleenex warning on posts like this!

Such a cute puppy, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous,  August 17, 2009 at 7:17 PM  

And ya know after working at an animal shelter for over a year now.. I am right there with ya.. I just wish more folks stopped by..

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2 Teach The Teacher August 17, 2009 at 8:07 PM  

How beautiful!! I love how you and Bear saved each other. I had a dog like that, and she saved me when my ex-husband and I got divorced. She was my baby and gave me all the love and attention I needed and I returned it right back to her. She lived for 15 years, and in her last few years my sister took her in, because I couldn't keep her at the time. She then helped save my sister when she needed it too. It's amazing how much pets, especially dogs for me, can make such a difference in our lives. Enjoy Bear, because you were meant to be together. There's no question there.

True Image August 17, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

Beautiful. God has a way of putting in our lives just what we need when we need it. You needed a friend to get you out of the house, but like you said you weren't ready for it to be a human friend :)

Betty Mann August 18, 2009 at 6:01 AM  

Hi Kim,
I'm a dog lover and I was so happy reading your story.Oh My goodness,
there are good people who really love poor animals.I follow you,I have sent you some other comments on your posts.Not even a thanking reply?.I know, we are all in the blogger buddies' market and usually we do so.
Never mind.
In case you stop by my blog: cutand-dry.blogspot.com

All the best
Betty

Chloe C August 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

I think when we adopt a rescue, they are the ones who choose us, not the other way around. Congratulations to you and Bear!

An Imperfect Perfection August 21, 2009 at 2:15 AM  

I just found your blog and read your story of getting Bear. Made me cry and almost gasp in horror at the thought they would have put him down. I have my own little baby I rescued... however, I've always wondered when it came to mine, "who rescued who?"

Ekanthapadhikan August 25, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

As you rightly said, any animal lover can relate with this. I share a similar experience with you. I had my share of a very traumatic break up and was home bound and society sick for nearly one and half years until I met Tasha, my pet puppy. I didn't rescue her though. I got her from a breeder. All the same the experience was very similar to yours. I started socializing again. Seems like I turned a new leaf in my life with her entry into my life.

Take a look at her - http://truthabtmeself.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-new-pup-not-named_07.html

Jen September 3, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

I just stumbled across your blog and just had to comment after reading this post. As an owner of two rescue dogs, I couldn't help but tear up while reading this! Bear is adorable, and you two are so lucky to have each other. :)

Antoinette September 5, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

What a beautiful story. I am covered in goose bumps.

msprimadonna67 September 10, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

What a beautiful story. Sometimes, you just know when something is meant to be. Serendipity, you know?

Barbara Andolsek Paintings February 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

Such a dear Bear. Wonderful story teller... miles Merci.

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