Dear Cassy Girl,

When we rescued you at a year old, we did not know from where you came. You somehow called to us, and somehow we answered that call and brought you into our home.

It is here, in the security of our home and love, we have worked together to heal you from the horrible abuse you suffered during your first year of life.

I am sorry that someone treated you as they did, perhaps they would not have done that if they had stopped for a moment to look into your eyes and soul. Had they done that, they might have seen what we see, a bright, sensitive, quirky dog in need of a secure life with humans who could be as loyal to you as you are to them. You needed a place where you could learn that life is good, that loyalty can be rewarding, and that there are people who love you and always will. I am grateful that our home is where you landed.

Even your foster Mom has told us that she can’t imagine another family could have healed you the way that we have. What she doesn’t realize is that there is no dog that could have taught us the way you have.

From you we have learned about rescue dogs and Angel Dogs, those dogs brought into our lives with a purpose for both the dog and the human. You have taught us about rescue dogs and Angel Dogs, and how they can enter our lives at a time when we need them as much as they need us. Cassy girl, you arrived in our home at a time when we had the knowledge, experience and hearts for a girl like you.

When you are allowed to run off leash on the beach, our hearts swell, to see the pure joy of you being you. How could anyone have ever misunderstood you so badly, to try and beat that joy out of you? That the joy in your heart remains is a testament to your soul, that you are strong and resilient and somehow you knew that we would be along to be the recipients of your love, and that we would love you back and protect you with every fiber of our beings, every day, for your entire life.

This is our promise to you.

Dearest Ripley,

My Ripley Merlin – A Love Letter

My littlest hero…It’s hard to find the words to say just what you’ve meant to me over the last 7 years. You came into my life at a time when I could barely take care of myself. I was in so much pain and was so so lost. But I instantly fell in love with you, this tiny little creature running around the house looking like a baby deer. You were in a bad living situation and I had to help save you from the moment I saw you.

But I was bad off myself. Most days I wouldn’t have gotten out of bed except that your sweet little body needed to be walked and fed. I remember those first few weeks together where, if I wasn’t in bed with you I was needing to be constantly moving. You and I crossed mile after mile, watching Christmas decorations be replaced with Valentines decorations, replaced with Easter decorations, replaced with 4th of July… and not only did you never once complain, you actually got excited to go when you heard the familiar jingle of your collar tags. Always up for an adventure!

I needed you so much those first few years I couldn’t bear to not have you with me everywhere I went. We became stealth at sneaking you in to various places…we even went to a movie together once. It makes me laugh to remember and I know you’ve long forgotten the smell of that popcorn. But you looked around for awhile and then snuggled in under my sweatshirt and no one was the wiser. You were so content to be my constant companion, always cuddled next to me in my darkest hours, always ready to go where I needed you to go. I honestly believe you saved my life just as I believe I might have saved yours.

When you got sick my depression lifted and I fought as hard as I could for both of us to make it through. It stopped being about what you were doing for me and became who I needed to be for you. You helped me grow up and focus on the world outside my head. You helped me want to get out of bed and experience life again…with you by my side of course!

Now that we’re both older and wiser, we’ve settled into a pretty beautiful life together. You still jump around like a puppy when you hear your collar tags jingle but you’re also happy to snuggle down into a soft blanket on my lap. And you do a great job not pestering the cats by the way! ;)

Every day is a joy with your greetings when I get home from wherever I’ve been. You make me laugh with your mischievous spirit and my heart bursts with love every time you lay your sweet head on my chest for a cuddle. We still struggle with your health but I will trudge to the end of the earth to continue to be able to afford the medicine you need. Just as you trudged to the end of the earth to help heal me! You are the greatest gift I’ve yet been given in this life and I can’t wait to see where we go next!

My love to you sweet boy!
Min Pin Extraordinaire