One of the problems we face in ARF of Rincon is the number of adult dogs that are abandoned, just because they are not puppies anymore. It truly breaks my heart when you see the eyes of this dog that once had a family, people who cared for him and played with him, and now it seems like he cannot understand this new world. I often tell them “I’m sorry for what happened to you; I promise I will find you the great home you deserve” in the hopes that they will understand me. And just the other day, as I was rescuing this little dog that looked so old and felt that wave of sadness, I realized: dogs are not here for us – we are here for them!
This all came to me because a friend in Pennsylvania was asking me about adopting an older dog. She said she and her daughter went to the shelter but the youngest dog there was already three years old – and someone already was filling out the adoption papers. You see, they wanted a puppy (just like almost everyone else), but all the puppies were adopted; the only ones left were the aldult ones. I asked “Why not adopting one of the adult ones?” She said “Is so sad when a dog dies that we want a puppy so it will last longer.” Then sadness came again as I reminded her the story about Lola, my beautiful terrier mix who died when she was less than two years old.
There are no certainties in life. Loving a dog – no matter how old he is – is one of the best feelings in life, because they always love you back. I realized that what makes a dog so special is not the way they love you, but the way you love them – no matter for how long you were able to love them. And yes, is sad when they die, but eventually all of us will. What is important was the amount of love we were able to give.
All those dogs in the shelters deserve that kind of love – the loyal one, the forever one. In ARF of Rincon we have three dogs that have been with us for over seven months. As time passes their chances of getting adopted decrease. Let’s find them forever homes. Let’s give them a second chance. Let’s remind to ourselves that dogs are here so we can love them!
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