Saturday 7 February 2009

Happily Ever After

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at the local animal shelter and helped out in the office a little bit. I wasn't ready to be with the dogs yet but of course I could hear them in the back every now and again, howling or barking. Mostly, though it is a quiet and peaceful place run by a woman who I am guessing is an angel in disguise. I did get to see a big, goofy 10-month old dog begin the rest of her life. It was quite a happy occasion when the person came to collect her new dog and was just so excited and happy to be doing so. This big mutt was going home to 30+ acres of mountain paradise and into a family of two other dogs (also from this shelter) to begin a great life. A sweet moment in time that is just the beginning of so many more. Like so many 'puppies' this one had no idea how much love was to come her way and how much she was going to give. Of course, my thoughts were on Cowgirl and remembering the moment she became this object of affection for me and me for her. We had had her for a few days but she was still pretty oblivious. We were down at the harbour near where we lived in California and she was running around as silly puppies do, and I called her name and she heard it and for the first time, she came running...all the way back to me. Needless to say, that was the beginning of our affair.

1 comment:

ingrid said...

That's an awesome story.
I too have been thinking about volunteering at a shelter, but it's just too soon for me. I think I eventually will, that was my plan, but just not yet.

I hope your volunteering goes well and gives you more smiles and happy memories.
thanks for sharing.