We adopted our dog, Lady, from a country rescue where all sorts of animals roam and graze in animal nirvana.
As legend tells it — Lady’s mom (a shaggy mutt of a pup) was rescued by the woman who owns this utopian farm zoo just hours before being put down, fully pregnant.
And so, Lady’s Mom – “Lady Bird” – was brought to the farm and able to give birth to all of her little pups in a happy, safe place.
Fast forward a few weeks…
I found her online and fell in love with her picture. “Are you sure we want a dog right now?” Matt asked (he’s so practical). “Yes!” I answered with confidence.
We first saw our girl in the tailgate of a van in a gas station parking lot in some podunk little Texan town.
Fast forward a few weeks (again).
Enter: ring worm, tape worm, & mange. We called her “Body World” dog (you know that exhibit where you can see the inside of people’s bodies?)
Her mangy hair and balding ringworm spots caused her to look like a science experiment. But she eventually got over it — and now she’s just part of the family.
I will admit, though, that I am not always appreciative of Lady’s kind and loving spirit.
Her hair sheds… everywhere.
She constantly wants to be touching me and I frequently trip over her while trying to walk from room to room.
She smells like a dog. Slobbers like a dog. And barks like a dog when we put her in the backyard (though she stops when we tell her to. Mostly.)
However, this morning, while driving to work — I had a change of heart about my compassionate canine.
I saw a blind woman and her seeing eye dog crossing a busy intersection. Cars zoomed by, traffic lights changed, and this smart, smart dog — and his very trusting owner — navigated through the chaotic streets. My heart filled with awe as I watched her dog become more than a best friend, but a source of freedom. She clutched his collar, clung to his fur, and brought new meaning to taking your dog “on a walk.”
My heart warmed. I thought about my Lady — my shedding, slobbering, sweet-heart of a dog who was gentle to my babies and a great running partner.
And I decided that I would go home and give her an extra treat tonight.