I remember the first time I met you.
The look in your eyes which told me that you were a nervous little soul, you weren’t happy and wondered where you were and why you were in this strange place.
We took you for a little walk along the country lanes by the Sanctuary but you weren’t as thrilled to be out of your kennel as most other dogs. You wanted to stop and look up at me. As I bent down to give you some comfort and a stroke, you placed your paws on my arm and looked into my eyes. You were asking me to take you with me, to scoop you up and make you feel safe and happy.
I always remember this moment. It breaks my heart a little every time.
When we took you back and it was time for you to return to your kennel – all alone and stressed by all the other dogs barking and a world you didn’t know or understand – I could not leave you there.
As we spoke to the carers I saw droves of people stop at your kennel, not noticing how you felt and overwhelming you. You are such a cute and fluffy little dog, people just want to see you and pet you – but you’re not just a cute fluffy dog, you have feelings. You were scared and afraid and I understood.
I understood because I had read SO many books and watched SO many programs and documentaries about dog behaviour. We had to do a lot of work with your big brother Joey to get him from being a scared soul terrified of everything to the happy lazy boy he is today.
I knew you needed more than JUST a home. I knew you needed help and training.
I was scared that you would be adopted by someone who would look after you, but not let you be a DOG. You had already had that life. I had to adopt you!
But then we were told that you had already been reserved and it broke my heart. You’ll never know the tears I cried with worry and how sorry I felt that I hadn’t met you sooner. Then we visited so that we could take you for a walk and I could say goodbye to you knowing that you would be going to your new home soon.
I’ll never forget James calling me across the square of kennels to the carer who told us that the home hadn’t been passed and that they felt we were a better fit for you. I cried.
That day changed your life and mine, and our little family.
You have been a COMPLETE handful! I often referred to you as my little monster – a reputation you lived up to for a good while! But we made it. We got there!
Today you enjoy a full life with not just a safe home with toys you love to throw around, but a companion in your big brother Joey who you like to pester and play with, and HE taught you so much that you didn’t know or understand! You have guardians who see it as a privilege to have you as their pet, who love you as a part of our family.
You have a Dad who you shadow, he is your hero and he takes you for many adventures. I never thought this man would have a fluffy little white dog! (Neither did he!)
And you have me, your Mummy who will LOVE you and look after you FOREVER and ever.
You are the HAPPIEST little soul I have ever met!
You make me smile every time I set eyes on you.
You spread a little sparkle where ever you go and that’s why I affectionately call you “My Sparkle”.
You fill my life with love, fun, laughter and cuddles and I’m SO glad we found each other.
If you are thinking about getting a pet, consider your local
rescue sanctuary – you may meet you best friend!
You could be even luckier and meet two like me xo