This is a rescue dog! We found Wiley at a no-kill animal shelter called the Hillside SPCA in Pottsville, PA. He joined our family in July of 2011. Rescue dogs make the best pets; I would know. My family has had pound puppies my whole life and I am a better person because of it. This is a place we can share our stories and spread the word: get a rescue pet!
So. . . what a week. So many events tugged on our heartstrings. Times like these often cause us to seek solace more than ever in our fur friends. When humans (not humanity) disappoint us, dogs reassure us. Coco, the dog featured on Monday, was an essential step in the healing process of Sylvia and her husband. Tuesday I was too upset to even write a blog post, but on Wednesday I continued our Great Outdoors Photo Share, for which I am still taking submissions. Thursday we shared Dio's story. It was one full of lots of laughs and affection, and since Dio is so photogenic there were lots of good pictures too. On Friday, I shared, once again, the story of the Lutheran Church Charities' Comfort Dogs. This idea appeals to me like no other source of consolation. It's a beautiful and effective idea, and I am moved to tears when I think about what burdens those dogs and their handlers have assumed while bringing solace to those who need it.
Thanks for reading today, and please spread the word that we need rescue stories. Also, if you have a picture of your pet outside, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org