Last weekend, a friend that Geoff and I had worked with in my first hospital assignment died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest at 58 years of age. Joe's death was another reminder of how fleeting and precious life is.
We soon learned that Joe left behind a seven year old Black Lab named Zoey. I cannot imagine the loss our Andy, only two years old, would experience should his human parents leave him without warning. There was no doubt that we needed to rescue this lady pooch.
Working with the Montgomery County SPCA was a pleasure. The staff explained that Joe's daughter had thought it best to surrender Zoey with the hopes she would soon find a fur-ever home. We picked up Zoey, after medical clearance, on Wednesday evening.
We quickly discovered that the newest member of our family was affectionate and appreciative of the love shown to her. In short, Zoey made herself 'right at home', showing curiosity and wonder at her new surrounds.
We took the advice of some friends and introduced Zoey to her 'new' brother Andy on neutral territory. Geoff and I orchestrated a chance meeting on opposite sides of the street a bit down the block from where we live. Greeting growls and booty sniffing occurred with both of these black beauties.
We paced our return to Zoey's new home and spent some time in our back yard. I kept Andy close to me, as is his custom, as Geoff won a 'fast friend' in Zoey.
I was shocked when Andy belted out this Isley Brothers tune to Zoey, upon meeting her, Who's That Lady?
I was even more surprised when Zoey gave a little bit of Aretha Franklin right back to him, Respect.
It's not too soon to call that we now have a Daddy's girl and a Mama’s boy, although we each get plenty of loving licks from the opposite side of our furry alphabet.
No doubt there will be a lot of sniffing going on as this brother and sister get used to the other’s presence.
We are blessed to have a house and yard that is plenty big enough for these two to feel secure and loved by one or both of their parents.
There is no rush. It's my understanding that a peaceful (unsupervised) co-existence can take a week to even months. It's a bonus that both of these dogs are filled with love and we love them. We also have Andy's 'puppy issues' out of the way and Zoey has ladylike house habits.
I will happily share a 'double shot' of Andy and Zoey as soon as they agree to sit for a portrait. ☺
In conclusion, I realize that many of my readers are animal lovers. Perhaps you even have your own menagerie of dogs and / or cats. If so, have you considered what would happen to your 'fur charges' in the event you were unable to care for them, whether serious illness or unexpected death?
Please think this over, if you have not already done so. Having our pets lovingly and safely cared for is as important in my mind as one's Advanced Directive and Will.
In the meantime, if you are in the market for adoption, there is an awful lot to be said for rescuing an older dog or cat. As I look into our beautiful Zoey's eyes, I will forever remember the legacy of kindness and caring that Joe left behind.
By the way, happy November! As we begin this month of Thanksgiving, I'm grateful to each of you who faithfully stop by my musings each week.
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