As some of you know, my dog - who is more and more important to me everyday - came from a local rescue organization. She was likely taken in by a family as a puppy, given little training and attention, then given up to a near by Animal Control. The rescue organization found out about her - being a pure breed she gets a bit of precedence for the mere reason of being more likely to be more adoptable - just an hour before being given the euthanizing shot.
The story goes, she was uncontrollable. Wild. Unadoptable. My experience has been anything but those labels: She has been a loving dog who enjoys being very close. She loves to play and is an attention junkie.
What has been the difference? I needed a friend as much as she needed one. We have become family. It takes a commitment, though. So, if you out there are needing a friend, are willing to put forth effort, give love, be patient and understanding, there is a reward in loving a pet that I have no words to describe. I can only hope that you have the opportunity to learn it.