I can’t remember ever living without dogs – my mom’s dogs, neighbor dogs, or dogs I borrowed from friends during those first years on my own when I was renting and couldn’t have my own dog.
Dogs are as natural and necessary to me as breathing is both natural and necessary for me to live. You could say that DOG is hard-wired into my DNA.
I lived with dogs for half of my life before I finally understood that they have this amazing ability to teach us about ourselves … if we are open and ready to believe that.
How I came to that understanding is a long story, which is partly why I started this blog. I want to tell my dog stories because I believe that stories are one of the most powerful change agents we have.
Good stories entertain us or make us cry. They ask us to re-evaluate who we are and what we value. They take us deep inside of ourselves, pulling up memories and emotions that we buried a long time ago.
Dog stories do all of this and if they’re great stories they do more. They remind us of a time and a place in our lives when a
flesh-and-blood real dog helped us to not be sad.
I watched this happen over and over again during the seven years that I was the Volunteer Director of an adoption program to bring ex-racing greyhounds off the race track into pet homes. These dogs literally changed people’s lives!
It was powerful to watch.
And, as I reached out to other rescue dog organizations, I realized that this ability to change people’s lives doesn’t belong to any single breed of dog. It’s true of every dog. How remarkable is that?
And even more remarkable would be to tell their stories … along with my personal stories.
I thought about this for a long time. Until one day, it was time to begin. And, so, here I am, blogging at Healing Rescue Dogs. Because I believe that there are good dogs that get misunderstood by their humans. If I tell my stories well, I can help with that.
If I tell my stories REALLY well, they will make you laugh or they will make you cry. They will compel you to look deep inside of yourself, pulling up memories and emotions that you buried a long time ago … memories and feelings that are tangled around one very special dog.
The dog that has the ability to help you heal … you just don’t know it yet.