(look – you can hardly see my spine anymore!)
I mentioned on Sunday that I’ve been home a month, and I’d like to go back to that for a bit. My life has drastically changed in the time that I’ve been here. Before this, I lived for six months in an animal shelter, caged in a kennel. Before that, I lived as a stray, out in the streets. At some time – probably around 9 months – I had a litter of pups and was kicked out of whatever home I had. I don’t remember too much more. Except for being hit. Because I go into a cringe pattern whenever I see an upraised hand. But I’m never hit here, so that behavior is going away, slowly, as I learn to trust.
I’ve learned so much in a month. How to go up and down stairs. How to open and close doors and drawers. How to guard the house and my people. I feel a lot more relaxed around the house, like I am home now, like I belong here. I’ve learned the different sounds of the house, and not to tweak out about them. Like the buzzing of Clothes Dryer when he’s talking to Mom. Or Dad’s Frankenstein steps in the morning, when he wakes up and clomps around the house. I don’t go into barking fits about either of these anymore.
My commands are much better. My vocabulary has improved. My jumping on people has gotten better…eh, slightly. I’m still working on my separation anxiety and they still have to crate me. I think I’ve made big strides. I know I’ve got a long way to go.
Mom sent a letter to the shelter. She read it to Dad so I heard everything. The letter said that I was a “fine animal companion” and an “adoption success story”. She sent pictures, too, so they could see I was healthy and happy. I’ve put on weight. I’m looking and feeling good. Sometimes I think about the animals I left behind who are not as lucky as me.
So, I wanted to mention that you can sponsor an animal at your local animal shelter by picking someone out, and sending a small amount of money monthly for their care and feeding. This will help them get adopted faster, and is a great program for animals who are long-term residents like I was. I hope you nice people reading this will consider this option, especially if you can’t have a pet of your own. It’s really very fulfilling and not too expensive. Thanks, and I don’t mean to sound like one of those commercials on the TV Dad always watches.
Life is different for me now. I’m very grateful. Sending you love, licks, and tail wags,