“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than they love themselves”
My parter and I had started contemplating getting another dog. My last canine companion, Katie departed in June of 2014 after developing an inoperable bladder tumor and bladder cancer. Losing her was devastating to me. She helped me through some difficult times and I miss her every day. I felt I wasn’t quite ready for another family member, but after two and a half years my desire for a new canine companion was growing. My therapist thought it a wonderful idea for the therapeutic effects of having a companion animal provide. We weren’t in the financial position to adopt but my family generously offered to cover some of the expense.
Casually I started researching various rescue organizations locally online. Both my partner and I have allergies so we had to narrow our search to hypoallergenic breeds. Honestly, it breaks my heart a little every time I see an animal in need of a new home so looking is difficult. It made me miss Katie all the more, but I know she would want me to love again so I continued to look around online.
I happened to glance at a picture of the cutest little Yorkshire Terrier on a rescue site. I read her story. She was in need of a home without children or other pets. Her owners had to re-home her due to her attacking and not getting along with their other dog who was younger, smaller, and intermittently ill.
I made inquiries to the rescue and we made and appointment to visit Gracie. Gracie still lived with her owners since there aren’t enough foster homes available. Meanwhile we submitted to a background check for the rescue organization, which to me is an indication that everyone involved wanted to ensure Gracie’s happiness. Gracie’s home was spacious and stately. Her owners are obviously in a higher income bracket than we are. They were welcoming, nice and very concerned that she go to a good home. It was obvious that parting with Gracie was a tough decision for them.
Gracie’s parents did everything they could to keep her and make the situation with their other dogs work. Including Gracie they had four Yorkies. They hired animal behavioralists to help the situation and train all the dogs; yet the problems persisted and they had to make the heartbreaking choice to let one of their beloved go to a new home.
Having so much of Gracie’s story, history, and to see her home life was helpful. I had never adopted an adult dog before and was afraid of problems. Gracie was sweet and gentle and it was hard to leave after our initial visit.
We fell for her but didn’t want to rush into a potentially problematic situation. After talking with Gracie’s owner it was obvious she wouldn’t be a problem. She just needed to be in a home where she was the solitary dog. She was lovingly taken care of and her owner’s openly shared all her records. We visited with Gracie for a second time and we agreed to adopt her into our home. That is how Gracie became to be the newest addition to our family.
The training she received is a blessing and is helping us help her settle into her new surroundings. She is adjusting very well to her new home, although we could tell she misses her former pack mates, especially during the first week.
I’m home all day so we have spent all our time together. She has bonded well with both of us but more so with me; in fact our only problem with Gracie is that she is having some separation anxiety whenever I leave. We are working on resolving the issue together.
With my conditions it seemed only fitting that I register her to be an Emotional Support Animal so I did that as soon as I could. The comfort and love she gives is invaluable and caring for her provides me with focus and helps take my mind off dealing with my own conditions.
The universe always provides in one way or another and Gracie is as big a gift to us as we must be to her. We look forward to many happy years of adventures together.