Today we celebrate “National Rescue Dog Day”!!! When we adopt a pet, we not only save their life, but we open ourselves up for unconditional love. When you receive that kind of love from a pet it can be so good for us on so many levels. Having a pet has shown in studies to reduce stress and improve mental health! That’s something that ALL of us can use in our lives!
All the doggies (and one cat) that have been in my life were rescues:
Willie (West Highland Terrier)
Muffy 1 (Chihuahua)
Muffy 2 (Chihuahua) (I really liked the name Muffy!)
Jasmine (Calico Cat)
Bo Didley (No one could tell what he was! Yes, I purposely spelled Didley that way!)
Grace (Catahoula Mix)
Zoey (Mystery Mix)
If you’ve ever adopted a rescue dog, my friend Christine Davis wrote a wonderful book called “The Shelter Dog”. She’s also the author of “For Every Dog An Angel” and “For Every Cat An Angel” about the loss of a beloved pet. I’ve given those books to many of my close friends over the years.
For most of us, pets aren’t just “pets” – they’re FAMILY! They adopt us as much as we adopt them. It always makes me smile when your dog can sense exactly when you need a gentle nuzzle to make you feel better. They’re so tuned into making sure that we know we’re loved by them. It’s so wonderful.
I’m really curious about the breed mixtures in Grace and Zoey that I recently bought two Dog DNA Tests – and thankfully I only have to do a cheek swab on each of them! It tests for their breed and genetic ancestry. I’m planning on swabbing them soon! I wish these tests were available back when I had my Bo Didley. We spent 18 1/2 years together, all I could say is that he sort of looked like a Black Lab puppy that never grew up! He was my little protector. I will always miss him…but I’m happier knowing that he was in my life.
I’d love to hear about your rescue doggies (or any other pet!)! Tell me all about them in the comments below! I wish there was a way for you to post a picture too!!! I can’t wait to read about your fur babies!!!
Give them an extra kiss for me!!!
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