In April, our hearts broke. We said goodbye to our beloved friend Wrigley, and grieved deeply. We cried and talked about him almost daily, and thought about him constantly.
We still do. He is a spiritual presence in our home.
Wrigley taught us love, patience, compassion, patience … and because of that, we knew we were destined to welcome another friend into our lives.
This weekend, we did. And in just over 24 hours, we’ve come to love our new friend in a different, but equal, way.
After a conversation with an acquaintance gave me a serious case of dog-on-the-brain, I popped into Petfinder.com at work one morning about a week ago. I did my customary search, but neglected to check the tick box to select only male dogs. And there, third on the list of search results, was a pup named Susie. Her profile photo (below) showed a lively sparkle in the eyes and a wide grin, and I couldn’t help but think of Wrigley. I sent Rob a link to her profile, and called him at work (half expecting him to say, “Yeah, she’s cute …” and that being the end of the conversation). He said, “Well, do you want to inquire about her?” And the rest, as they say, is history.
Nileydog Rescue, a Cincinnati group, had scooped her up along with a half-dozen other dogs on a rescue mission to a rural West Virginia county shelter. The shelter was preparing to euthanize its entire population later that day in anticipation of a long July 4 holiday weekend (apparently, nobody could be bothered to care for the animals over the long weekend).
We signed the papers, ordered a collar, leash and tags, bought food and a crate, and settled on the name Peroni. It’s a tribute to Wrigley, in a silly way. We picked her up Friday evening, and she’s moved right in. She wants to be with us all the time, she’s laid claim to all the furniture, and we’ve started to explore the neighborhood. We think she’s about 7 months old. She has some learning to do, but she’s eager to please and seems to be a quick study. We’ve already got Sit and Down pretty well, and are working on Come and Stay. Walking on the leash is a new experience. We’ve discovered that a long walk will really tucker her out. A tired puppy is a well-behaved puppy.
We feel blessed to have two fantastic dogs in our lives and hearts.