Letter From A Rescue Dog

If you’ve ever rescued a dog, no doubt, you’ve heard or even
used the expression, “they rescued me.” But make no mistake.
You saved this fragile life. That life that had its time on earth
measured in days. As great as that little pup may make you feel,
you may never know the boundless, heartfelt gratitude that your
friend has for you.

A Letter From Your Rescue Dog

My life hasn’t always been easy. I’ve been yelled at and had
things done to me that no dog should experience. I may not show the
scars, but believe me, I have them. They hurt. I always felt like I
had done something wrong. I was bad. Maybe I had done something to
deserve this. But it was my life. So I made the best of it. I
played when I could. I tried to make people happy. But no matter
what, it always ended the same.

Sure, I made some mistakes. But no one listened. I needed to go
outside. I didn’t want to make a mess in the house. And that time
I chewed up the shoe…I was bored. I was lonely. Maybe I just
wanted some attention. But not like the attention I got. That hurt.
I can still feel the pain. Everyday.

Then it all changed. I was forced in the car and taken away.
Such a cold place. I was stuck in a cage. I was scared. I could
hear other dogs. Barking. Always barking. The sounds scared me. But
I think they were scared too. It wasn’t all bad though. From time
to time, people would come by. Families. Kids. They would talk to
me and smile. But they never took me home. Was there something
wrong with me. I could be a good dog. I wanted to listen. I wanted
to make them happy. But no one wanted me. That hurt.

Slowly, I got used to being here. The cold floor. The cage. The
occasional visitor. I did get to play every now and then. And the
food always tasted good. But in the back of my mind, I always felt
like there was something wrong with me. Why didn’t anyone ever
want me? This hurt worse than any pain I’d ever felt.

But one day, you came. I tried so hard to be good, but I
couldn’t stop shaking. Wagging my tail. Jumping up. I could see
it in your eyes. You would be my forever home. But I didn’t want
to mess this up. I always seemed to mess things up. Maybe I
didn’t deserve to be happy. But when you knelt down and put your
nose to my face, I felt it. Love. I had never felt that before.
Thanks to you – I knew what it meant to feel wanted. Needed. And
so you took me home. So many new smells. And the thing you put
around my neck that has those shiny things that jingle…I love it.
I’m not a big fan of the thing you clip to it when we go for
walks, but I’m getting used to it. Toys and treats. Now, this is
the life.

But I think the most important thing I want to share with you is
this. I will make mistakes. I may have an accident. I may bark. I
may chew something I’m not supposed to. But I am trying.
Remember, there’s a lot of hurt in me. I’ve been through a lot.
And it all hurt. But everyday I spend with you heals me. Your love
eases my pain. I don’t ever want to do anything to lose that. You
have given me a new hope. A new life. And I will be forever
thankful. Forever happy. With you.

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Letter From A Rescue Dog