A Hard Life

I adopted Zoey from a local animal shelter about nine months ago. It didn’t take her long to make herself at home. She especially likes the bed and the couch, and the softer the pillow, the better.

The staff at the shelter believes that she was abused at some point along the way, but they naturally have no idea what happened to her. She still has her timid moments, but she has come a long way in terms of regaining her confidence. (In fact, she gets so confident sometimes that I have to remind her that it’s my bed, not hers!)

She’s a very loving dog, eager to please, happy to cuddle on the couch or content to sit across the room quietly gnawing on a toy. It’s hard for me to imagine how someone could be cruel to a dog…but like the saying goes, in this world, it takes all kinds.

If you’re thinking of adding a dog to your home — or a cat, for that matter — I would suggest that you consider your local shelters. They have some real gems waiting for a home. And unlike the puppies you’ll find at breeders, the ones from shelters will be a lot more appreciative and they’ll tell you so by their responses: after all, they know the value of the home you’d be giving them because they had to go without.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.