Losing a pet is hard. Just ask any person lucky enough to have had a pet in their home. The loss leaves a hole in your heart that seems impossible to fill. And if you have enough pets throughout your life, there might come a time where you think “That’s it, no more animals. My heart can’t stand it.”
That’s the place my husband and I were at after the loss of our two Boston Terriers Ted and Mabel within one year. Until that one fateful day when we arrived for our volunteer shifts at the Morongo Basin Humane Society.
Walking dogs was always a highlight of our week. And the dogs at the area’s only no-kill shelter provided us immeasurable joy, especially after our loss. We cheered when someone got a home. We were sad when someone didn’t. We were mad when another newbie was abandoned overnight at the gate, their “owner” ignoring the drop off fees that helped to keep the shelter open. We did our part to help in any way we could. We loved them all; the animals and the shelter staff who worked so hard to do right by them and make sure they always felt wanted even if they never were before.
We rounded the corner on this day to a sight I’ll never forget: two small black and white dogs jumping on the fence and demanding love. They were Boston Terrier and Poodle mixes (a Bossi-Poo, I later learned); scruffy, full of attitude and pretty much the sweetest things we had ever seen. And our hearts that felt full of holes and unable to stand another loss? Well, funny thing about hearts, they always have more room for love.
We don’t know much about what this brother and sister (who we named Hank and Millie) went through before they met us. But we do know that because of the shelter they were able to have a safe and caring place to land before they started their next chapter; the current loves of our lives.
Please, adopt, don’t shop. There are so many animals that need homes. Why not visit your local shelter? Who knows, you may meet your new best friend.
Stef is many things. Amongst them: editor-in-chief of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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