and to marian, the sender of the email, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with me (and the permission to share with all of you out there). if i ever had any doubt of why i do this whole blogging thing, you've erased it. thank you for your generosity of spirit- you've made my day, my week, my whole blogging year...
here we go:
Hello M21: I check your blog daily because I so enjoy reading it. Your humor and sense of perspective avoids the pomposity that seems to be present in so many blogs, your sense of style, and your occasional very touching and thought-provoking musings.
I wanted to write and tell you how your blog has affected my life. Now you would probably prefer to know that your beautiful decorating has transformed my life, but no. It was one of your wonderful blogs about Mona and Richard.
I have lived with cats for a very long time. I adore them and they are a joy to live with but for a couple of years, since I moved to a small acreage, I have been thinking of adding a dog to my "family". I haven't lived with a dog since I was a teenager, but now the time and place seemed right, even though I work fulltime.
I was determined to get a purebred dog and had researched breeds with the characteristics that I wanted (temperament, lack of aggression, intelligent and trainable, large enough to enjoy long walks -- the works really). A woman at work kept suggesting that I go to the Humane Society but I kept resisting. I had arguments about getting a dog with problems that I couldn't handle, like aggression or separation anxiety, about how all the dogs would be labrador retrievers or spaniel mixes or rottweilers.
Then I read your wonderful story about finding Mona. It changed my thinking. All the humane societies in my area did have labs, spaniels, etc. -- an experience much like yours. Sooo, I followed your petfinder link and it linked me with the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue. I applied and passed the home inspection and settled down thinking that it would be a long wait for a dog close to my needs, but in less than a week a dog appeared on their website who seemed close to perfect.
I drove to Iowa just over two weeks ago and picked up my wonderful, oversized, blue merle 5 year old collie. He is just wonderful! He may not meet standards for collie physical perfection, but his sweetness and gentleness shine through his eyes. I discover new things about him every day -- all of them pretty wonderful (well, we're still working on his relationship with the cats -- he's very curious and to them, pretty scary).
So thank you for your beautifully written, touching and funny blogpost about adopting Mona. It has enriched my life by opening it up to this beautiful, abandoned dog.
(P.S. I attached a picture. Believe it or not, he also matches my living room. Bonus.)
*sniff* how sweet is that? lucky doggie and lucky marian (and yes, for those curious, doggie and kitties are still adjusting to each other just fine).
here's the link you'll need if you'd like to follow marian's example: www.petfinder.com, and if you are already set with an devoted companion, or can't own a pet, or simply not interested (that's ok, too- pets aren't for everybody), then please click on the button below to feed a stray- it's totally free and takes seconds- just a simple click. thanks!