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.


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

    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.

  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

    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.

  3. Aw....happy tears here. What a beautiful letter.