|(L) Delilah, (R) Samson|
|Delilah with her one & only liter of puppies|
Time went on and the emptiness set in and I couldn't stand it any longer, I wanted another dog. I truly missed the companionship that they so freely gave without expectations. How could I get another puppy since I just relinquished my parental rights of two great dogs? Believe or not believe, I knew I was in this situation for a reason but I just didn't know why yet.
I couldn't take it any longer, I got up one morning, showered and hit the local shelter to find my companion. Oh my Gosh! There are so many, how does one choose, how does one not leave with all of these dogs? I walked along these chain link cages and watched as others did the same thing. I stopped and just observed for a while trying to take it all in. I saw this puppy as he laid with his brother while people passed by. He just sat there looking around. I walked by him first and noticed that he put his paw up on the chain link and just looked at me. I knelt down to speak to him and he was lovely, affectionate and considerably calm. I asked to take him out to the yard and watch his reactions. I believe I spent an hour with him laying in the grass and just watching him play. I was sitting when he made his way back to me, climbed in my lap and placed his face on my shoulder. I was done, he was mine!
|Kirby learning to Puppy Up!|
From time to time I think back to the experience of Samson & Delilah. I think about the fire, the rescue and then the search for another companion. I remember how little I knew and how I have grown as a pet parent. I now see rescues and shelters in a whole new light. I respect the time and dedication that many volunteers devote their own time and money to. I have always loved animals, no breed was an exception. I have devoted myself to gaining more knowledge, raising awareness and volunteering where I can.