I have always loved going to the woods with my dogs ... but it is a particular joy to be able to share that with these good dogs of mine who had such a hard start to life.
In their horrible old lives, they were struggling to survive. Ruby was so starved she barely had the energy to stay alive. Henry's history is a mystery, but the fact that it took a couple of years to build his confidence is very telling indeed. Nor could it have been easy for a (then) 13 ish small dog with only two teeth to survive on his own :(
I know I say it all the time on the homeless pet site, but there really is more love than anyone can possibly imagine for those who adopt a homeless pet. The reason I go on and on like a stuck record on the subject is that I am continually ... each and every day ... exposed to this joy first hand.
For those who might be thinking of starting this journey, East Coast German Shepherd Rescue is holding their monthly dog walk this Sunday, from 11 am til 1pm at Hemlock Ravine in Halifax. Its a great opportunity to meet the dogs in person. Even better, its a great way to see how they behave around other people and other dogs. Best of all ... any time spent walking with a dog outdoors on any kind of spring day is always time well spent :)
When you open your home and your heart to a good dog from a foster based rescue ... you are actually saving two lives, because then there is room to help save another life. Even better, their foster parents can actually tell you how the dogs behave in real life situations. Best of all .. you are often able to bring home a pal who has already started learning good skills.
Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P Jones