Though it happened much sooner than we thought, my husband and I decided to start looking at getting another dog, after the passing of our sweet Grace. Through the power of everyone’s prayers, our hearts have started to heal much faster than we ever could have thought possible. We have been so thankful for all of the kindness and support that we have received during this difficult time, and we know that it has helped us tremendously. Sort of by chance, I started to inquire about a certain dog that had been on our rescue’s website for over a year. At the time, I wasn’t even thinking of meeting another dog yet, I was just curious as to his personality and temperament. After a bit of discussion, my husband and I decided that we did, in fact, want to meet that dog, Merlin.
Our meeting was scheduled for noon on Saturday, February 11th, and though we were only going to have to wait and week and a half to meet him, it seemed like an eternity. Each day, I found myself thinking, “How many more days?,” “How much longer til they get here?” Fast forward to today, the day of the “meet & greet”: He seemed to make himself at home right away, and he and Josie were sitting side-by-side within a few minutes. Josie loves other dogs, so I think she was glad to have a buddy in the house again! He and Grace have very different temperaments, but their greatest commonality is that they are both pure love. To say it went well is an understatement, because Merlin is currently laying on the couch with his head in my lap!
A little while after Grace’s death, someone posted this on my Facebook wall, and it really struck a chord with me.
I think that helped me to realize that the best way to honor Grace’s legacy was to give another dog a wonderful home and lots of love. I am a firm believer that there are very few accidents in life, and that things happen for a reason. I believe that people (and animals) are put in your path on purpose, though you may not know why at the time. I say this because, back in August, I was contacted by someone at ABR (Atlanta Boxer Rescue) to write a calendar entry for two foster dogs that they had at the time, that would surely find their forever homes by the time the calendar was published. One of these dogs was Merlin. I spoke with his foster mom, and she couldn’t say enough about him. Her information, combined with his “back story,” made for a pretty good calendar bio. Well, as it turns out, no one ever adopted Merlin, so his bio wasn’t published. Maybe it will be now, for the 2013 calendar, since he has finally found his happy home!
***Here is the calendar entry I wrote about Merlin back on August 16th, 2011. Little did I know (or maybe I actually did) that we would actually be the one giving him the kindness, patience, and lots of love!
To say that Merlin had a rough start in life would be an understatement; fortunately for him though, his life has made a complete turn-around. When ABR came to Merlin’s rescue (after he was given up by another rescue, due to the mounting costs of his care), he was extremely underweight, malnourished, and in pain. He had a severe case of mange, which had not been treated, which caused him pain and hair loss over almost his entire body. As if that wasn’t enough, it was discovered that Merlin was deaf. Many people would think that, with all of those factors against him, it would be easy to count Merlin out, but that was not so! Despite his challenges, Merlin is a happy, playful, and loving Boxer boy. Every day since his rescue, he has worked to gain physical strength and learn new things. He is very smart, as he has mastered several hand signals (sit, no, back up) that allow people to communicate with him. His determination to please is not lost on anyone who meets him; he immediately makes his way into your heart as your new best friend (and couch companion, if allowed!) . His story, and his spirit, is an inspiration and a testament to just how far a little love and TLC can take someone or something. Merlin is now living the life he always should have had: one filled with kindness, patience, and lots of love!