Who rescued who? January 3, 2019 22:30

My Dream Dog

Maia is my beautiful, white shepherd/husky mix, who physically came into my life five years ago when she was two years old. Spiritually, she came to me many years before.  As a child, I suffered terrible nightmares. The kind that tormented me with deep, visceral fear and a sense of hopelessness. However, in these reoccurring nightmares, I always saw a white dog, waiting patiently, calmly, telling me that everything would be okay. It was only when I saw this peaceful, white dog in my nightmare that I knew it was time to wake up.

I rescued Maia at a time in my life when everything seemed to be right on track. I had a career in my field, my family were in good health, I had many friends, and was in a committed relationship. Then suddenly, everything started to fall apart. I suffered tremendous loss. My whole world turned upside down. Everything I held near and dear to my heart felt like it was ripped away from me.  I felt hopeless. I was actually living my childhood nightmare. There were times when I felt like packing it all in and just giving up.

Thankfully, right by my side through it all was my white dog, waiting patiently, calmly, telling me that everything would be okay. It was time to wake up.

It is true what they say about the human bond with dogs. Their unconditional love and loyalty for us is so healing. Maia was there for me when I was too depressed to get out of bed or when I wanted to sit and watch the waves roll in for hours on end. She never left my side. She has taken care of me in a way that no human could. That love and devotion is reciprocal. I will be by her side no matter what. As she now enters her senior years, she will need me now more than ever. 

I try to live my life every day the way Maia does; making new friends, going on new adventures, supporting those we love and loving unconditionally. She is the reason I switched career paths into animal health & wellness, and she is the reason I am so passionate about what I do.

Thank you Maia.