Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Letter To My Dog's First Family

To My Dog's First Family:

I think of you often. When I fell in love with your puppy, the shelter told me you'd had to surrender her for personal reasons, either financial or health problems. I often wonder if you're ok and if things are better now. I wonder if you miss your puppy or regret your decision. I know that you loved her. That was obvious from the amount of training she'd had. It was clear you'd spent a lot of time working with her and nobody can spend even a tiny amount of time with her without falling in love with her.

I hadn't gone to the shelter to get her, but as soon as I saw her, I switched my application to her. It was love at first sight.


I've often wished I could ask you if she's always loved cats or always been scared of nature.


I've wished I could ask you where her original name came from. (It's now her middle name and gets used when she's her cutest, naughtiest puppy self.)

I've wished I could tell you how much she loves agility.


And scent work.


And barn hunt. (She keeps my calendar full.)


I've often wished I could tell you that she's happy and so very loved--by me and her dog sister and cat brother.


I've wished that I could tell you that she gave me a reason to smile when I was worried the world was falling apart.


I've wished I could tell you thank you.

Two years ago, I went to the shelter to add to my little family and I came home with your puppy. She's changed my world for the better and I'm so very thankful that you made the difficult decision that let her become a part of my life.

4 comments:

  1. So happy for you two finding each other. She is the perfect fit for your family.

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    1. She really is. She's added the perfect amount of chaos to our daily routine ;) There has not been one boring day since I brought her home.

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  2. This was so sweet! If her former family could only know, I'm sure they would be thrilled with the life you've given Rye and with how much she is loved. ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. I hope they'd be happy with how her life's turned out! I feel so lucky to have her, so I can't imagine how hard it must have been for them to say goodbye.

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