We recently welcomed a new dog into our family! He is a beautiful shepherd mix who came from the local animal shelter where I volunteer. After losing our dog, Bailey, this past summer to cancer, I didn’t think that I would be ready to open my heart up to another dog for a very long time. I missed him tremendously, and I didn’t think another dog could ever come close to replacing him. I still miss Bailey and think about him every day, but I also eventually came to realize that bringing a new dog into our home by no means meant that we were replacing him. No one will ever replace Bailey; he was one-of-a-kind. It was simply time to begin moving forward by opening our hearts up to a new dog. And that’s where Mick came along.
"Think not so much of 'moving on' but of 'moving forward.' And as you move forward, you ALWAYS do so with your loved one by your side, in your heart, within your very breath. They are part of you now and always. You move forward with them and continue to engage in life because of their inspiration."
- Ashley Davis Bush
I think that part of the readiness to adapt again came from volunteering at an animal shelter. Helping other dogs in need has allowed me to continue honoring Bailey’s memory in an impactful way. There are so many deserving dogs out there who just want a chance to share their love and to be loved back. And volunteering with some of those dogs also helped me realize how much more love I still have to give, too.
Although I didn’t think that I was ready to adopt quite yet, I wanted to do more to help out the shelter and decided to foster. My husband and I took Mick home as a foster dog, but we found ourselves immediately falling for him as he brought new joy and excitement into our lives. It was a perfect match in many ways, and we just couldn’t bear the thought of letting him go. I took that as a sign that I was in fact ready for a new and permanent four-legged family member, so we adopted Mick. Our foster dog is now our adopted dog, and we are so very happy to have him as part of our little family!
Do you have an adoption story about your furry companion? If so, I would love to hear it- please feel free to share your story in the comments below!