Sounds hopeless, doesn't it?
But my sister and her family took him in even though a ten pound dog wasn't really their first choice. When she told me they were getting a large breed puppy on Monday, I asked if she'd be willing to part with this little long-haired dachsund. It's been 18 months since I lost Susie, my beloved 17 year old poodle mix. Meeting Harry convinced me that I was ready for a new four-legged friend. Fortunately, my sister said I could have him.
I'm thrilled to report that he and our rat terrier, Mack the Wonder Dog, get along famously. They even traveled well together all the way from Missouri to New England. Mack missed Susie almost as much as I did and is tickled to have a new "brother" to play with.
The point of this story is that things sometimes happen over which we have no control. We may be facing what seems like a no-win situation, but there's always cause for hope. If we wait a bit, we might find our circumstances will change.
Harry's certainly has. He's gone from being abandoned in the country to becoming a city dog with a new family and a new life. We love our pets and enjoy them for a long happy time.
Of course, now he'll have to be fixed. Hmm... Perhaps Harry's luck has run out, after all...
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Have you ever had a time in your life when you thought things looked hopeless, but then something happened to change things for the better?