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Friday, January 4, 2013

I Need Another Dog

The Stray Rescue enrichment program director emailed me with a list of dogs looking for a buddy, but I've been procrastinating about taking on another one since Combination went to foster.

The problem?  Each time I go to the shelter it breaks my heart. I couldn't feel the heartache before because I was busy planning my next outing with Combination. But since taking a break after he left, I feel less stress. No pressure. No guilt. No dog waiting for me. Waiting for me...his only friend, his only chance at going on a hike, to the park, or to the pet store to pick out a toy. His only escape from the monotony of two 10-minute walks a day and a reprieve from the crowded, noisy shelter. His only chance to climb in my car or on my lap and pretend for the day that both belong to him.

If I don't hear 200 barking dogs, I can pretend they're not crying out - pleading - day after day for anyone walking by to take them home. If I don't see them spinning in anxious circles or curled up on a tiny, thin towel trying to stay warm, I can pretend they're not worried or cold.

If I don't go, they don't exist. 

But without grateful wet kisses and happy tail wags, how will I fill my soul? How will I know once again the satisfaction of teaching a dog to walk nicely on a leash, sit for a treat and other skills needed to prepare for a forever home? 

There's nothing quite like the love of a dog.

I need another buddy.


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