Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Making New Friends, Not Replacing Old Ones

   My last post dealt with the loss of a companion, a friend, and the pain associated with that loss. As time passes hopefully the pain subsides and healthy memories replace the pain. Eventually the time comes to make new friends, never replacing the old ones, but opening up to developing new relationships.
   As was our last friend Bruno, we were ready to seek out a new rescue companion. If the right chemistry was there we would offer a better life to one of the animals who's earlier existence had not been a pleasant one. Searching the shelters for a dog that looked like a match on paper took longer than expected. When we thought we found that dog we called for an appointment to meet the dog and foster. When we arrived at the meeting place we were told than the foster was unable to make the appointment. That is when we met Brandy, a seven month old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. We really weren't looking for a young dog but after spending some time with her we felt good about the match and decided to take her home. We and she couldn't be happier about the results. She's an absolute joy!
Rescue an animal, they understand.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Making the Decision To End your Dog's Life

   As much as we love our animals there may come a time when you'll have to make a choice. Some animals run away. Some are stolen if outside pets. But some become ill and at one point you'll be forced to make the call and decide if he lives another day in a diminished state or dies. It all starts so happily when you find your friend. The years go by with an abundance of unconditional love from them. 
   Our dog Bruno, a mutt we rescued at three years old from a shelter, was a joy. His previous years were a nightmare from what we were told. Aside from being a bit timid, he loved everyone from people to dogs to cats. Never barking unless the doorbell rang. Didn't jump up on or chew furniture or our stuff. 
   They say rescue dogs truly know what you have done for them. It would be difficult to deny it based on our friend's behavior and companionship. He will be missed.
   R.I.P. "Mr B"