The precious puppy face above means a lot to us because it is the first picture we have of our Barley from when we rescued her last year. She was 22 pounds and 4 months old and a bit shy. She had big floppy puppy paws and legs too long for her body. She was instantly lovable.
Adopting Barley was one of the best things Chris and I have ever done. I was hesitant at first, worrying that with the two of us working full time jobs we wouldn’t be able to give her the love and attention she deserved. However, Barley was patient and relentlessly loving. Before I knew it the weekends were meant for sleeping late and snuggling, playtime in the park and hundreds of slobbery puppy kisses. Despite my favorite Kate Spade bag becoming a chew toy and losing a few sandals this past summer, Barley has made our lives incredibly pure and joyful. We became a family and she is our sweet baby girl.
All we know of Barley’s life before we rescued her is that she came from somewhere in Georgia with her two sisters and was brought to Bideawee in New York City. Because of this, I often find myself wondering what she went through as a young puppy. Was she abandoned? Was she abused? Did anyone love her? It breaks my heart.
I recently read A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron and it made me ponder these questions even further. More than that, it deepened the fact that Barley must always know how special, loved and safe she is. I don’t know what Barley’s purpose is, but she has made my life infinitely better by being a part of it and I hope that I can do the same for her.
If you are interested in adopting a dog here are some resources and a few places to look:
- Tips from the ASPCA on Adopting a Shelter Dog
- Steps from the Humane Society on Bringing Your New Dog Home
- Bideawee in NYC
- Alliance for Animals near Boston
- First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, FL
- Tallahassee Pets Alive in Tallahassee, FL