Yesterday was a sad day – I had to return Jo to the shelter and my friend Mareen lost her dog Gracie.
Because Jo was not making any progress the shelter asked me to return her which broke my heart. I did try so hard but just couldn’t reach her terrified soul. In her best interest she is being transported to a home in Wisconsin who rescued a similar dog in the past. The family dog brought Chubba out of his terror to become a well adjusted member of the family. Now that old dog has passed and they will take Jo in to follow Chubba around and convince her to join the world of happiness. I do want only what’s best for Jo but oh, it is so hard to admit defeat. Tears just spring into my eyes.
This is truly the only time I saw her happy. The rest of the time she hid her head in the dog bed. It’s not recommended that foster homes be able to follow a foster dog so I’m not likely to know what happens to Jo which makes me so depressed I can’t imagine how I will ever get over it. But I will.
Gracie, Mareen’s dog, has been pretty sick for at least two weeks and yesterday the vet discovered internal cancerous tumors in such a large number that Mareen had to let Gracie cross the Rainbow Bridge. As sad as it is to let a beloved dog leave this world, Gracie is now running free and is no longer in pain.
A Dog Lover’s Prayer by Toni Falcon
My prayer book’s unconventional,
An album scarred with age.
The dogs who shared their lives with mine
Stand out on every page.
Though some folks picture Heaven’s gates
Atop a golden stair,
The precious photos in my book
Inspire this humble prayer:
Lord, lead me to a sun-washed field,
Then send them one by one;
Let yelps of joy lead wagging tails
As to my arms they run.
This Heaven that I pray for Lord,
Where lilacs scent the air,
Is blessed with all the dogs I’ve loved
Who come to greet me there.