On our weekly shopping trips in town we would often stop at a small park. On many occasions a beautiful little puppy would scamper over to greet us. We would pat her belly and play with her. We were told by locals that it had no home. This saddened me and as time went by I found myself very concerned about this delight creature’s well being. Gradually, it became a mission of mine to somehow help this tiny dog.
Despite feeling sick we decided on our next visit to town we would let her into my car and take her a no kill shelter some two hours away. All went as planned and we found our new friend to be docile and cooperative. She devoured a plate of food and happily joined us in the car. We were nervous that she might freak out in a moving car but instead she calmly laid on my lap and seemed delighted to have some affection.
I drove to the nearest city three hours away and immediately found the animal shelter. Unfortunately, that this was the day they closed early. (I was actually secretly relieved – more time with the puppy!). We decided to rent a hotel room for the night. My sweet little companion overcame some initial jitters and soon cuddled with me on the bed.
We fed and hugged her and then decided to take her on a great adventures to Arches National Park. She was also filthy so when we got her back to the hotel. We filled up the tub and nervously put her in. To our surprise she calmly let us soap her up. The water quickly turned brown and a new clean puppy emerged. We dried her off with fluffy towels and brought her back to the bedroom where she leaped around the beds,
We cuddled her up in blankets to keep her warm. Soon she was fast asleep with her little head on my shoulder. I slept poorly that night because she kept snuggling up to me and licking my nose.
In the morning we headed back o the shelter. The shelter staff feel under spell as well and held her and kissed her head. I said goodbye and went to the parking and found Jonathan weeping against the car. Our hearts were heavy on the two hour ride home. We weren’t sure if we did the right thing. We wanted to adopt her but living on government land as volunteers we didn’t want to face a firing squad. We mourned for several days.
Now it seems a happy ending is imminent. the shelter informed me that a nice young couple is interested in adopting her. Honestly, I don’t see how anyone could resist the cutest, sweetest, most well behaved dog in the world!
Though there have been many frustrations here in Utah, I feel happy that I have accomplished this one task, rescuing a beautiful puppy and giving her a shot at a better life.
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