Sunday, September 16, 2012

i love dog lovers

Every once in awhile, you meet a person...read a blog...or hear a story about someone who stands out in a crowd. Someone unique. Someone who makes a positive impact on this world. I am here to share one of these stories with you. Ashley is the founder of Lucky Dog Rescue. She is an adorable young lady, committed to canines. I just love this story of hers. 

Annie had never known happiness. She had been beaten, starved and neglected all of her life...and then she was dumped in a shelter to die. Annie waited on death row, terrified and lonely, crying every night for someone to help her. She was very ill, so the pound asked if I was willing to take her. Yep, I'm on my way. 

When I saw Annie, it was obvious she was very sick. She was underweight, coughing and having trouble breathing. In addition she had severe skin and eye issues. The vet told me that Annie had advanced heart worm disease, congestive heart failure and several other life-threatening conditions. It was highly unlikely that she would pull through any of the treatments, and she would suffer tremendously throughout the process. The vet asked me if I wanted to go ahead with euthanasia. I replied, "Not yet, I'll bring her back next week. Annie needs to know love...before she goes to heaven."

That day, I brought Annie home with me. I looked at her...so broken, so sickly, so unsure of whether she could trust...and I cried. I sobbed uncontrollably for Annie. Over the sad life she had led, the abuse she had endured and now the life she would never have...thanks to the worthless people who never cared for her. And while I was bawling like a baby, Annie walked over and licked my tears as if to say "Don't be sad. It'll be ok."

I was speechless. This precious, wounded soul was comforting me. This girl who had never known compassion in her life, was consoling me. 

And so I got up, stopped my crying and vowed to give her the best week of her entire life. No more crying. Not around Annie. She deserved to know only happiness now. 

That week, Annie slept in bed with me. She ate the best food. She played as much as her little heart could stand. She laid next to me on the couch for belly rubs. She laughed at funny movies with me. 

That week, Annie was special. That week, Annie was home...for the first time in her life. 

Every day Annie and I sat on my special bench by Rudy's grave and talked to him. I told Rudy that he would have a new friend in Heaven soon, and I asked him to take care of her. I told Rudy all about Annie, and Annie all about Rudy. Annie loved our talks with Rudy. She loved anything that involved love...she'd never had it before. 

When Annie got so weak that it was painful for her to live, I took her to the vet to end her suffering. I stayed with her, I comforted her...and Annie wasn't afraid. She was happy, because I was there with her. Her mom was by her side...the only family she had ever known. The only person who had ever truly loved her. She was finally safe. 

Annie knew it was time...it hurt too much to go on. And I was there to hold her, to love her, to say "It's ok. You can go now, baby girl." And as they stuck her with the needle...I whispered into her ear, "Know that I loved you. Know that you mattered. Know that you finally belonged to someone--you were everything to me. You will never really be gone, because you'll live forever in my heart. Thank you for sharing your last days with me. It was truly an honor to love you." 

As the drugs entered Annie's veins, she looked up at me one last time, and her eyes said "Thank you for saving me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for showing me what life could be like...and for giving me a family. I always wanted one. I love you." 

And just before she closed her eyes forever, I said "When you get to heaven, ask for Rudy. Tell him I sent you." 

And then...she was gone. 

I buried Annie in my backyard next to Rudy. She died September 14, 2010. But the week before her death...she finally lived. 

I don't know Ashley, but I like her & her cause. Isn't she amazing? 
If you feel inclined to donate to Ashley's rescue or just read more of her stories...you can do so {here} 


::Makes me want to squeeze my little dudes::


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I am bawling! I will be sure to cuddle my 2 furry guys and not take a moment of their lives for granted. The world needs more Ashleys and Lucky Dog Rescues!
From one dog lover to another,
your pal,
sal xoxoxo

Sally said...

Tears! More tears!! What a great story! Thank you for sharing...

Liz said...

i was totally bawling too! i knew you would 'get it' Sal! xo

Liz said...

:) my pleasure!

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