This is Spirit:
My friend adopted her about a month ago. She wasn’t looking for a dog. She was just donating towels to the Humane society and then wandered through to look at the animals. She stopped when she saw Spirit, her daughter stopped when she saw Spirit.
They were not looking for a dog. The family had lost Spanner last year, an adorable, fun loving Jack Russell that had been in the family for sixteen years. After Spanner she didn’t think she wanted another dog. Another dog could not replace Spanner. Until Spirit (who will not replace Spanner but will be another chapter).
Spirit had been found, starving, with a bad front leg that had been broken and hadn’t heeled properly. They managed to save the leg and bring her back to health.
My friend tried to forget about her but Spirit would not be forgotten. She even showed up in her dreams. Monday rolled around and my friend announced to her husband that they had to go and get her dog. Spirit is her dog. Spirit follows her pays attention to her and is making herself right at home with the family.
Spirit is having the normal puppy accidents inside, has chewed several shoes and the couch. She’s really sorry (I think this is her forgive me face):
She is leaving hair everywhere and my friend doesn’t care, in fact she couldn’t be happier and Spirit is so happy to have a forever home and is repaying the favour by bringing the joy of a new puppy to the family. Look how good she can be (Look at her not chewing anything!):
Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL! (I totally have puppy envy)
Okay it’s not my puppy, it’s my best friend who got a new addition!
So exciting! She is adorable, four months old, black, looks kinda husky/shepard. She has the most wonderful eyes! I don’t have pictures. Spirit (that’s her name) was a rescue and needing a good home, I don’t have all the details but I know my friend saw her and just knew.
Last year her family said good-bye to Spanner, a Jack Russell who was an integral part of their family. It was a hard time for the whole family and after my friend was not sure she would ever want another dog. She didn’t want to replace Spanner, he couldn’t be replaced. It was not having a dog that she missed but him. It’s specific, loving a pet. They all have their own personalities and quirks.
Today she met a little four month old girl that opened her heart again and she knew. She knew she was the one that would fit in her family, that her family was the one that would welcome this girl into their home. This is the thing, once you love one you have the capacity to love another. Spirit will not be Spanner but she will find her own place in the family and as dogs so often do will add unbelievable joy to their lives.
I am so happy for her and am now suffering from puppy envy. Thinking back to a time when I brought my own little boy home. Kingsley, from the moment I saw his picture I knew he was my boy. He is stubborn, prone to sulking, can be an asshole but I wouldn’t trade him for the world and I know we were meant to be together. He makes me smile, after a long week coming home and cozying in with the basset is my favourite thing. He seems to know when I need him to be close to me and he listens. I’ll take all his quirks for that one look of “I get it and I adore you”.
So much joy comes from a four legged member of the family and they are family. I am so happy for my friend and looking forward to all the stories about Spirit and how she found a way to fit in to her new family. Also I can’t wait to meet her!
Congratulations my friend on your new addition!