by Kelly Robinson August 07, 2019 1 Comment

As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down. Bless her little pup heart, she had a seizure (which was terrifying to all of us, we had never witnessed that before in an animal or human) and she never fully recovered. I was angry with God that we had to yet again make the morbid awful decision to put her down. Why Lord?! Why are we having to play “god”? Why don’t You put these suffering animals out of their misery?  It rocked me to my core. And, here I was a week after that awful experience reluctantly vacuuming (not my fave chore) and weeping over this precious soul that we so dearly loved. I mentioned how quiet it was, it was deafening to me. Too quiet. No movement from any creature, no pitter-patter of little paws on the nearby hardwoods, just silent. Which is saying much coming from an introverted only-child!

I knew we had to get another pup, even tho my dear husband would say “It’s far too soon! We need to mourn the loss of Gidget.” While I agreed on some level, I simply could not exist or fathom being without a pup for one more week. You see, the Lord placed in me a deep undeniable love for dogs and all growing up my mom was allergic to pet dander. So, I tried to fill the void with a rabbit, a fish, and a large stuffed bear that I named “Ferdinand” Yeah, none of that filled the pup void. The week that my mom died, I was at the Humane Society looking to adopt a dog, and I have never looked back. So, this theory of “needing time to mourn” did not sit well in my soul. Fortunately, my husband shares the love of animals like me and it did not take much convincing to him that we needed to go to Petsmart that Saturday to look at this beautiful, shy-looking red-merle that I had found on “Pet Finder.” He was not going to join me, but then at the last minute, he agreed. And, guess what? Miss Diva snaked around HIS legs looking for shelter as I was perusing all the other pups that Barkin Dogs Rescue had to adopt that day. Diva stole his heart almost instantly. He was like, “why are you still looking? This is the pup we came to see, and this is the one for us!” I was a little unsure about her timidness and wanted to see if any of the other pups seemed like a better fit. Well, none of the other pups were as cute as Miss Diva, so she came home with us and bonded almost instantly to me and my dad.

Apparently, Aussies bond with one to two humans in their lifetime, at least that is what I heard at some point. It is certainly true in our household. A year or so later, we adopted Roscoe, our blue-eyed mini-Aussie who is a ham and who bonded with my husband right away.

Kelly Sue with Rosco and Diva

We knew we would continue to adopt from Barkin Dogs Rescue because Elise (the founder) and her husband Carl are just the best. They care deeply about the pups they rescue from local breeders. They go above and beyond to work with you. We highly recommend them if you are searching for an Aussie or Border Collie. This non-profit, Barkin Dogs Rescue is near and dear to our hearts, which is why we chose them to give 10% back to this third quarter. Please check them out at www.barkindogs.org.





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Sharon streetar
Sharon streetar

August 08, 2019

So hard to say good bye to those we love, including our dogs. A book that gave me comfort and a pet loving project to do was Dogwood and Catnip. I created a garden for all my pets…..living and the rest who have passed. All their names are on rocks I gathered by a statue of st. Francis who holds the dog collars which have been left behind. This reminds me I have to spiff up those rocks!!!!

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