I always tell people your dog will find you.
When I lost Kirby two years ago, I looked at several dogs. I knew I wanted a female, someone about Benny’s size, a dog no older than five or six. I knew I wanted a dog with perhaps fewer special needs, maybe even a healthy dog for a change!
I did meet with one dog but knew right away she was not the right one for us. She had been recommended to me and I went to meet her. She really was not interested in me, or Benny, at all. We were in an area with other potential adopters and I saw she kept looking over at someone else. I brought her over to them and right away she crawled in their laps. SHE was choosing this family. She was a pretty, healthy girl but obviously this was not my next dog.
And I think a match was made with MY dog for someone else.
We went home and I had a long chat with Benny. He was very sad having just lost Kirby, who he helped me comfort at the end.
He would walk all around where Kirby liked to lie and sniff and then lie down on a spot he never went to before.
I did not want to wait too long to welcome another dog into our home as I knew Benny needed a pal and I knew how long it could take to teach a new dog enough to become a Love Dog.
But I told Benny we would wait and the right dog would come to us.
And the next day it did.
Oh HE was not a girl, and he was not young or healthy. In fact he was almost eleven years old and had several issues. He was much smaller than I had ever considered, only three pounds at the time.
But he was the one. First I saw it in his eyes in a photo.
Then when Benny and I met him, it was his stellar temperament that warmed my heart. I picked up this very fragile dog and held him close to my face and just knew I had to have him. I held both Benny and this tiny little thing together on my lap and the new dog put his head on Benny’s rump and they just sighed.
Benny was telling me, “See Mom, we need this dog and he needs us.”
That was the day Petey chose us.
Petey has now been with us almost two years, he will be thirteen years old in a couple of months and he is one of the most natural, greatest therapy dogs I have ever met. He has lost almost all of the hair on his once fluffy ears, he is deaf and going blind, he had to have all his teeth pulled and other things worked on, but he is perfect to us.
And the many people he works with each week impacting on their lives.
I did not know at the time I needed a tiny dog. I did not know a very special assignment was waiting for just such a tiny dog. I did not know that Benny really liked having an older dog in the home. I did not know I could love a dog as much as I love Petey knowing we won’t have that much time together.
So when you are looking to adopt a new pet into your family, listen. Listen to your heart and the little voice inside and keep your options open. This is not an impulse decision but one that could last for many years.
Petey found us and I cannot imagine him not being part of our family.