Oh...the story of every dog/pet owner's life. After the loss of our pets we are ALWAYS going to travel more, cannot bear to get another pet, yadda, yadda, yadda...and then before you know it....
Sitting at my feet right now is a dog that I was NOT looking for after the passing of my last beloved dog. No, I was NOT ready for another dog...but then, well, it couldn't hurt to just go to the shelter to visit and walk the dogs now, could it?
One of my very favorite stories is this one that I heard from a woman I met in Solvang: Her beloved dog passed away and she was devastated. She was NOT going to get another dog...couldn't bear going through it all again. You know the story...every pet owner knows the feeling.
However, a friend of hers who worked at the local shelter suggested that she just go to VISIT and walk the dogs. No, she insisted, it would just be much too painful. So, the friend suggested that she visit the cats instead. The woman thought that that might be a good idea. So, she went to visit the cats.
Surprisingly, one cat immediately came up to her and just bonded. The shelter workers were amazed, even a bit alarmed. Apparently, that cat was openly hostile to everyone and had been at the shelter for a long time-and no one gave that cat any hope of finding a home.
Well, when the woman went home and told her friend about the cat that had bonded with her, her friend said that that was impossible. That cat was a terror! So, it was suggested that she go back to see if it had not just been some mistake. So, the woman went back to the shelter and, sure enough, "Terror Kitty," came bounding right up to her and seemed bonded.
And that's how "Terror Kitty" got a forever home and the woman in deep grief got a new friend!
So, the moral of the story is that once a pet owner, always a pet owner. Eventually, we ALL find ourselves drawn back to the shelter or online pet listings...don't we?