“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?” ―Mary Oliver, Dog Songs
Doug and I love being ‘puppy parents!’ We are always showered with unconditional love from our fur girl, Victory, everyday! Victory is fully integrated into our lives, and we are fully integrated into her life. We all cannot imagine a life without the other. Victory is always there, with us, and just her presence makes everything better and more complete. She is blossoming into a wonderful and more confident fur girl! I cannot imagine not going to bed and waking up with Victory’s kisses in the morning as she lays splayed out on our pillows above one of our heads sleeping in with us. She often wakes Doug up with constant kisses on his face as early as 3:00 a.m., but he does not mind. It is Victory’s way of showing her love and affection. I cannot imagine a morning where Victory is not sitting on our bed while we get ready in the morning, patiently waiting for her breakfast. We know that our fur girl knows that she no longer has to worry about living in a terrible hoarding situation, like the one she came from. She knows that she is safe forever and that she lives like a little princess! We know that we are better for having a furry family member in our lives. Our hearts and outlook have grown ten-fold. Doug and I try never to take Victory or anything, for that matter, for granted. We try to take it all in and savor it, as every moment is fleeting. We are grateful.
Happy Wednesday! If all goes as planned over Thanksgiving, our fur girl is going to have a family reunion with Chrissy, another survivor of the same horrible hoarding situation that Victory also lived in prior to being rescued. You can see their resemblance here! Stay tuned. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels!