The Beatles said you can’t buy it, Robert Palmer was addicted to it, and Waylon was looking for it in all the wrong places but today I found it….in a cardboard box in the back of a cluttered mini van.
One of the dogs that Recycled Doggies saved from death was pregnant. Lorraine gave birth yesterday to 7 sweet lil bundles, she loved them, she cleaned them, she fed them, and then she lost her life. We are not sure why but they suspect a blood clot. When I got to the adoption event today there they were, these tiny little innocent balls of love in a small brown cardboard box. I sat in the back of dog-mobile (the van that is used for transport, and lugging all of the supplies around to adoption events) holding one of these little miracle dogs. Tiniest little nails and wrinkly little faces with pink tongues that darted out looking for momma. They were being held, being fed, and being loved.. they will be cared for in the very best way possible. Shannon and Shera and all the volunteers, they don’t give up. Tragedy happens and everyone comes together, this has been proven to me over and over with this amazing group of people.
It amazes me just how much love there is in this network of dog lovers that I have been so blessed to find. Today I was reminded why they are so very important to me. It hit me on the way home tonight as I went to take food to some friends who just welcomed their baby girl into the world just last week. I don’t have a big family, I have my mom, who I love so much and many wonderful friends. I don’t have brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, living grandparents or kids…but I have this family of dog loving, puppy saving, walk with you in the rain, forgive you when you take too long at petsmart, encouraging, sangria sharing, compassionate, goetta eating, nail clipping, diet coke, sweet tea drinking… people I adore. I hope they know.
Tonight I say a prayer for Lorraine, and I also give thanks for Shannon, Tony, Sarah, Shera, Lindsey, Pam, Rachel, Jess, Susan, Mary, Jessy, Lynn, Debbie, Carolyn, Erin, Jenn, Kevin, Allison and all of the other people who volunteer, foster and make me so proud that I have found my way to be just a small, small part of what they do to make the world a better place.