Anyone who knows me, knows I love animals- more than most anything on this earth. If I could save each and every one of them I would. I lost the first dog that I got as an adult in January of 2016 and it was devastating to me. She was a rescue and more or less the love of my life. I have another dog whom I love dearly, but my heart had a huge hole in it after (Ailey) passed. She was a miniature dachshund who suffered a back injury. After a surgery to remove a calcified disk, her back legs remained paralysed. She recovered well (besides her legs) and got around fine in her chair. She started to go downhill in January out of nowhere. I took her to a neurologist and found out she had a rare disorder called Myelomalacia, which meant her spinal cord was dying. Sadly, I had to end her suffering.
I decided I needed to add to my family and find someone who needed love and a fresh start. Someone who needed picked up out of the trenches. Someone who had been left behind.
In February I went to the shelter. I fell in love with a dog, a beautiful Catahoula mix. I visited him on three separate occasions. Once by myself, the next day with my Frenchie, Benny, and the following day with my husband. Things were going smoothly until the last day when it was discovered he had some behavioral issues. He had bitten one of the workers at the shelter and was quarantined. I could not take him home. I had Benny out back to visit him one more time before he was quarantined, and there was a sweet dog already out there- white with a black mask and pointy ears. He walked up to the fence and his eyes met Benny’s. There was no turning back. Castiel came home.
Castiel quickly became great friends with Benny. I could tell he had a hard past. He was very timid, fearful of men, and shy. He warmed up to me very fast, however. He has completed his heartworm treatment and is a very loving, calm, and unique dog. I figure him to be some kind of Terrier mix, perhaps a Bull Terrier. I love him dearly and he is a wonderful addition to the family.
Fast forward to March. I follow a lot of animal rescues on social networking. It is a bad habit because I want to bring all of the animals home. I saw a post for a male dachshund who came from a mass animal cruelty case. He was a small red dapple and looked a lot like my sweet Ailey. I messaged the rescue to see if he was still available. He was, so without thinking twice I applied for him. I applied like it was for my dream job. The founder of the rescue contacted me the next day to say I had been approved for Rudy. I went to see him where he was being held and fell in love. Upon seeing him I was almost brought to tears. He looked so much like my little girl. So much spirit. I saw no pain in his eyes after what I knew he had endured. Animals are amazing that way. Even after humans mistreat and abuse them, they still find love in their hearts and trust us. After a home visit from his foster mom, he came home. He is now a part of my crazy bunch and I love him dearly. Rudy is full of energy and spirit, tests me daily, but I would do anything for him.
Some days I come home, absolutely exhausted from work. I just want to lay on the couch and pass out. My three dogs have other plans for me. They jump on me, kiss me, put toys in my face. They bark, they play, run around, pee on the floor (Rudy). While this can be frustrating, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Coming home to an empty house after a stressful day would leave that hole in my heart empty. Thanks to the love of my animals, that hole has been filled. It’s taken a lot of time to crawl out of the dark place I was left in when I had to kiss my sweet girl goodnight one last time, but saving the lives of two more babies who needed homes has put me in a much better place.
“People who say money can’t buy happiness have never paid an adoption fee”
After one of my beloved dogs, Ailey, died, I decided I needed to add to my family and find someone who needed love and a fresh start
I went to the shelter and fell in love with a dog, a beautiful Catahoula mix. After a few visits and even a few issues Castiel came home instead. It all went fine and the dogs became the best of friends
I follow lots of animal rescues on social networking and one day I saw a post for a male dachshund who came from a mass animal cruelty case. He was a small red dapple and looked a lot like my sweet Ailey.
After I applied, I was informed that I got him. I saw no pain in his eyes after what I knew he had endured. Even after humans mistreat and abuse animals, they still find love in their hearts and trust us
My life is now full of happy pets and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
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