Monday, July 10, 2017


^ "After a dip in the kiddie pool, I like to lay out in the sun. Does that work for you?" 

^ "Here, Kitty Kitty,"

^ "I will stay here while you cook....but only if I can hold your hand. Um foot."

"I missed you while I was sleeping. Now please cuddle meeeeee."

^ "So you say we're going to take this walk every day? Fine by me."

^ "I think I can learn to like it here."

I had no idea this was going to happen. 

I had no idea that I'd get a call on Saturday morning from a neighbor telling me about an Irish Setter who desperately needed a new home. 

I had no idea I'd ever consider taking a rescue dog. 

I had no idea that my heart, still grieving my sweet Ranger, would tell me to buck up and make room for this new dog. 

I had no idea that I would know deep in my bones that this particular dog was meant to be mine. 

I had no idea that I would get my family to. buy into this crazy plan in 24 short hours. 

I had no idea that this new dog, who has been through so much change and upheaval in her two and a half years of life, would fall so madly in love with me in a single day. 

I had no idea that I was ready to love her back. 

But a lot has happened in a very short time. And right now, as a big red dog sleeps peacefully on the floor alongside my bed, I am happy that everything turned out exactly as it did. 


  1. I have two and I know the story well, When they give there unconditional love to you, all you cam do is except it, and be thankful they choose you to live there life with, Love my dogs,

    1. So true. I am honored that I was chosen to care for this this beauty and I am so curious to see where our life together leads.

  2. What a joyous surprise, Diane -- a blessing so marvelous my heart sings for you and your new baby! <3


    1. Thank you, Heidi! I am so blown away by the mystery of how she was sent to me, and the miraclenthat my broken heart was somehow prepared for her. This has been quite a humbling experience.

  3. Diane, thank you for taking this beauty into your family. You will not regret it. (I have 3 redheads.) She looks like a total love and it seems it was meant to be.

    1. I'm not expecting g any regrets. She is my fourth Setter so I know what a joyous spirit I have taken in. She was meant for me and my family, no doubt about it!

  4. Never ever regret rescue... Our four we currently have are all rescues and many more before them, each one has been a blessing of love to us. A few may have needed a bit of work but well worth the time invested for them and us...

    1. My heart was prepared for this dog and I am glad to adopt this rescue. My heart dies out to her precious owner who had to let her go, and I have loads of compassion for this sweet dog's confusion and emotional dependency. She is a dear.


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