If you follow me on social media you know one thing about me– I AM OBSESSED WITH MY RESCUE DOGS. A little background: A few months after I got married 17 years ago I told my husband I wanted a dog. I grew up in a family where we had a very contentious relationship with the canine species and for good reason- both my little sister and I were attacked by my grandmother’s husband’s mutt. I think those experiences- for which my sister and I still bear the scars on our faces- had a lasting impact on my need to repair the feelings I harbored towards what I believed was this misunderstood mutt who I’d always felt was not malicious in his attack on us. I guess I’ve always thought that we have experiences, both traumatic and happy, to propel us in life to learn from them or incite us to at least give meaning to their impact on our life’s experience.
Don’ get me wrong- for years after my sister’s dog bite- which was actually pretty severe I suffered horrible nightmares- which usually involved me attempting to shield her from another dog attack and had me terrified of any dogs to the point where I would cross the street if one was coming toward me on a leash. I think these experiences and my NEED to overcome this paralyzing fear of dogs, especially once I got married and had the support of my spouse, propelled me to bring a furbaby into our family. And it was the best decision I ever made. And I have tried to pass on this love for creatures who share our world and help my kids stretch their capacity to love OUTSIDE THEMSELVES by having them share in the raising of our three dogs; Mellie who lived with me until the ripe old age of 16 and our second dog Lazer who we rescued from Louie’s Legacy and now IKE our third dog who we rescued thanks to divine intervention rescue (and who in seven days has managed to turned our hearts and worlds INSIDE OUT!) So what is the number one Reason every kid needs to rescue a puppy?
To learn to take responsibility for something and someone outside themselves. First of all rescuing a puppy means you are teaching them the importance of saving a life. That every heartbeat, every being has meaning and deserves life. Second of all you are modeling selfless behavior- and with kids living such egocentric-life is all about me and my happiness-lives as a parent giving them an opportunity to step outside themselves and care for another creature is the greatest gift you can give them. Caring for this puppy is their opportunity to pay it forward which is hopefully a theme they will continue to practice as they mature and a tradition they will carry into their adulthood and beyond.
Still not convinced you should RESCUE A PUPPY? Here are six pictures that might convince you otherwise!
Day #1 My daughter learned she needed to watch this rescue puppy more closely than she paid attention to her instagram feed.
Day #2 In case I needed a reminder that yes indeed my womb is officially closed for business having a nine week old puppy who has only been with me for less than 24 hours has SEALED THE DEAL
Day #3 involved finding fast moving fleas all over this lil three pounder’s head and getting a vet diagnosis of an umbilical hernia still this lil rescue keeps giving kisses and reminds me that sometimes all you need is some puppy love???
On Day #4 Ike had his first trip to the Staten Island Mall ! First he hit up Starbucks then Red Mango and finally Forever 21 to check out all the hot chicks??
On Day #5 the message came in loud and clear, “Houston we have a HUMPER”
On Day #6 We all came to the conclusion how CRAZY it is that three pounds can create such a hurricane, up at 2:45 in the morning, crying and ready to play. And yet we now can’t imagine life without our little pee and poop machine.???
Feeling ready to the rescue plunge? Sign up to be a foster parent at Louie’s Legacy and I’m excited to share the news that I am now the Volunteer Coordinator for Louie’s Legacy and would LOVE to have you sign up here! We need photographers, volunteers to staff events, home visit helpers, reference checkers and help with our newsletter!