Last week when I said I was starting to think about a new companion, I was inundated by offers of some absolutely amazing dogs. I met some wonderful dogs, including wiggly little Andi, a white and brown pocket pittie who was just rescued after living outside with no shelter for 4 years. She is a beautiful, happy, goofy little girl…but she wasn’t the right fit for our home. I was offered puppies, seniors, and perfectly healthy young dogs who need a home. There is only one conclusion I can come to…..there are too many dogs who deserve a home, but don’t yet have one. It is soul crushing to try to understand the scope of the problem. The only positive sign is that people are actually working hard to save them. In the not so distant past, these dogs would have been killed, out of hand.
I want to thank each and every one of you who messaged, emailed, called or visited with a dog needing a home. You are all heroes in my eyes. You care enough to save and network dogs who might have no other options. And it makes my heart hurt to realize I can’t take them all home. But to be fair to my husband, my birds, and our rotund little girl Turtle…..I have to take my time and find a dog who is a perfect fit for our particular circumstances. I cannot replace Ray. Nor do I want to try. All I can do is find a dog who resonates with me and my family.
Hanging out with Vicktory Dog Layla and her mom Tess this past weekend made it crystal clear to everyone around me….I need a dog to love.
Ray changed the trajectory of my life. He opened my eyes to the horrors and abuse of setting dogs against each other for the amusement of sick and twisted humans. I believe that by working with these victims, and helping them become loving companions, we can help change the US for all pit bull terrier type dogs. Kevin and I have filled out an application for another dog who has suffered terribly from dog fighting.
I don’t know if we will be approved to adopt this special boy. And I don’t know that Turtle will approve of him even if we are. All I know is that he speaks to my heart. He has been hanging with one of the other Vicktory parents….one of the same ones that brought Turtle into our life. It just feels right.