Thursday, January 16, 2014

Can You Say 'No' To Those Soft Brown Eyes?

It caught my eye.  Normally, I scan the local newspaper and don't even notice the classifieds, but today was different.  She caught my eye.  

@BatteredHope Can you say no to a pup's soft eyes

The saddest, sweetest face I have ever seen and she was staring right at me.  I turned the page and tried to forget her.  Then I had to turn back and look again.  She was beckoning me.  

"This is ridiculous," I said out loud and turned the page again. My tea kettle was beckoning me now and I put the paper down to finish making breakfast and get the kids off to school.  

I couldn't think about anything but those EYES

All during breakfast and my morning chores I couldn't get that picture out of my mind.  I began an argument with myself.  "I need another dog like a hole in the head."  On the other hand, "You know you will give her a loving home and she looks so sad and pathetic."

Why had I looked in the paper that morning and saw what was on sale?  Why did the ad have to say 'going fast' beneath the pictures of the puppies?  Why can't I get her out of my head?

She filled our home with joy

That was over sixteen years ago and this morning, as I am having my cup of tea, I am thankful that it was not me that had to take her to the vet.  My husband knew how difficult it would be for me and he offered.  He promised he would stay with her and hold her and let her know how much we loved her.  He would remind her that she was wanted and loved and brought more joy into our lives than any dog we have ever had.  

She was our baby, our choice, part of our family and loved by all who met her.

She would be remembered.....forever.   

Photo courtesy of IHASHAHOTDOG.COM
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