Dear Stray Dog…Follow Me

You’re free to follow me home. I won’t scream, kick, or chase you away. In fact, I’ll feed you and love you forever.

But you must know, stray dog, if you follow me home, I’m a stray too. Following me will bring you to an island of lost wanderers. We are misfits thrown from the norm, castaways from the ships of society. There is nowhere we truly belong except in the midst of others who have failed to find homes as well.

Stray dog, you didn’t deserve abandonment. Whoever threw you aside is the lowest of all human souls. You are far more than something to be taken for granted. You are to be loved, hugged, and cherished. You are the most wonderful creature and I do hope you choose to follow me.

Our trek is far, stray dog, for I often wander lightyears from my pack. They allow me to wander. I require it. They are allowed to wander as well. They are at peace. I am at peace. We are lost and we are proud. Would you like to be one of us? With us, you will always be home.

Don’t be afraid. You do not fear me, not entirely. Otherwise you wouldn’t still be listening. Trust your canine instincts. They are pure. You are pure. You deserve better than what you’ve been given by a lowlife human. I will show you that not all humans are scum. I will show you love and care. You will never go hungry. You will never be neglected.

Do you trust me, now, stray dog? Do you sense my good-natured spirit and soul craving your love in return? My pack is one within itself. Together we are lost and we roam the roads with patience and reverence. We experience joy, pain, anger, and love together. We are a team. You would fit in great with our pack.

You are still here, new friend, listening to my sincere words. Let’s go home now, stray dog. Follow me and I’ll give you a name.

Welcome to the pack.

Sincerely,

The Misfit Wolf Pack

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Dear Rescue Pet…Thank You

Years ago I walked into the shelter expecting to find a furry companion. That room full of animals was overwhelming and heartbreaking. I found myself wanting to grab every furry soul in the room.

Soon, I made eye contact with you. You were odd and alone, not following me around like the others. You sheepishly groomed yourself as I approached. I hesitantly reached out to test the waters, but you met my gesture with friendly enthusiasm.

Once I picked you up and held you in my arms I knew I had found a forever friend.

The paperwork felt endless but with you in my arms I didn’t care. We had already connected and I would have stayed all weekend signing my name if it meant I could keep you.

The ride home was a bonding experience I’ll never forget. I spoke to you and you continuously spoke back. I chose a name that fit your style and started saying it repeatedly. I kept my hand on you and you rubbed along my skin as we drove to my apartment.

That day of adoption was over two years ago. Isn’t that crazy? I feel like I’ve known you all my life.

When I’m sad, you comfort me. When I’m happy, you show me love. When I’m lonely, you cuddle up next to me. When I’m lost, you walk the mysterious path alongside me.

That day at the shelter I didn’t gain a friend – I found a tiny piece of my soul. I didn’t adopt a companion – I discovered treasure beyond belief. I didn’t rescue an animal – an animal rescued me.

Yes, Rescue Pet, you heard me correctly. I didn’t rescue you, you rescued me. You saved me. You are one of the most precious gifts life has given.

Thank you for entering my life, little one. I promise to always love and cherish you. You will always have a home and we will always be together.

Sincerely,

A Rescued Human


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