We’d gone on vacation, a cruise, when our son sent the message, Belle was gone. Belle was my Jack Russell Terrier and my ‘everything’, protector, best friend, and confidant. She would have been ten in April.
I made it through the rest of our vacation, but the knowing I was going home to a house without her hurt. Double the pain that I hadn’t been there for her in her time of need, her loss put me in a deep depression. I made it through each day but my family behind my back was worried about me. I ate, put on weight, and my writing suffered. Finally in August my husband informed me that I needed another dog in my life. I protested, we had Brandy, she was enough. She and I cuddled on the sofa and went for walks. I was okay. He shook his head and said Brandy was the ‘family’ dog, not ‘my’ dog. I needed a ‘my’ dog.
He asked me what type of dog would I like to have and I mentioned three different breeds; no Jack Russells though, I couldn’t have a dog I’d be comparing to Belle. After researching the breeds, I settled on a Papillon. The internet helped me find breeders with puppies but their prices were astronomical. Then an author friend recommended adopting an older dog. We went through the process of becoming adoptive parents. After two misses, one of which we came to believe was a scam, we were contacted by a Papillon group. They had a three year old female who’d been with them almost six months, abandoned by her owners as a cat chaser, and possibly pregnant. The group sent me her picture and her foster mom and I talked at length on the phone. My past experience as a dog show competitor, groomer, and obedience trainer made me their prime candidate.
I had a writer’s conference in September near where the foster mom lived; we made arraignments to meet afterwards. Yvette was a tiny bundle of terrified fur with huge chocolate brown eyes. One look in those eyes that witnessed one family after another abandon her, sealed the deal. All the way home I held her, stroked her fur and told her she’d found her forever home. That night I expected my husband to lay down the law that Yvette would have to sleep on the floor or in her crate. He’d always grumbled about Belle sleeping with us in the past. Not sure if it was my face, the dog’s, or the combination of the two but he rolled his eyes and said, “Put her on the bed”, where she’s slept every night since.
It hasn’t been all roses, when she’s had a bad day, too much noise and commotion from the grandbabies ages five and three who live with us, she sometimes wets our bed a bit. But then that’s what washing machines are for. And we are trying to trim her over barking; usually a sharp no, occasionally followed by a squirt from a water bottle is enough.
She and I are walking, I’m trying to eat right, and my writing is back on schedule. I didn’t rescue a dog that day in September, a little dog of white and red named Yvette rescued me.
J. Paulette Forshey
Award winning author of Deliciously Sinful Romances
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