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#90: Lost, But Now Found

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The latest of five stray pets I have taken in are two dogs.

Baby, a Boxer, showed up four years ago with a collar but no tag. She obeyed certain commands, her nails were short and her brown and white coat was well-groomed. All in all she appeared to be someone's pet. The vet scanned for a microchip. There was none. There was no response to fliers or newspaper ads. I drove her to several neighborhoods asking anyone I saw if they had seen her before and knew her owner, without success. So, I gave her a home.

Then, July 4th of last year, a white-haired Shepherd came running around the corner past the house next door as I enjoyed watching the fireworks going off in the neighborhood. She was terrified of the loud noises. Her hair was wet, dirty and matted. Her nails were worn down and she had sores on her left rear leg. Apparently she had been on her own for some time. She also had a collar with no tag so I knew that she, too, had likely been someone's pet.

I followed the same procedure of scanning for a microchip, fliers, etc., again without success. So, I also gave her a home and named her Thumper because her long tail thumps against the walls when she's happy which, like Baby, seems to be all of the time.

Fortunately, Baby and Thumper get along famously, not only with each other but with the three stray cats I've taken in over the years.

As I watched the dogs play in the back yard this morning I thought back to all of the lost, hurt and hungry dogs and cats that have shown up at the house over the years. I wondered if their owners, if they had one, ever sensed that they had found a loving and caring home.

Sometimes I joke with people that animals must have a hotline that tells them which houses to go to for help because they always seem to avoid certain ones while being attracted to others.

Whatever the reason, these animals were sent to me for care and support and I was happy to give it. In return, I have received far more fun and entertainment and companionship than I ever could have imagined.

I feel the same here on SparkPeople. That I've found a home of caring and supportive people. No matter my physical or emotional wounds, people here have accepted me into their nutritional web site home with open arms.

Just like Baby and Thumper and cats Brownie, Little Thang and Kitty, I am no longer alone on my journey to fitness. People here feed my insecurities, my doubts, my lack of confidence and applaud my successes.

Perhaps, like with the pets, there is a human hotline that has drawn us all together.

For me, I feel as if I have a new home. Thank you all for taking me in.

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  • TRUFFLE5
    I loved your blog and took no offense at anything in it. The animals KNOW where to get their bread buttered. There was a flea laden tom hanging around collar, no tags, bony obviously lost, so I fed him and took off the collar figuring if he was owned another would appear. None did. He has hung around for a couple of months now, fattened up and appears to like the situation. He's outdoors right now but I will soon be bringing him in for the winter nights. I'll probably end up neutering him, getting him shots etc...I'm telling you, they KNOW.
    4173 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Lou, you were kind to remove the comment someone complained about. I have learned, however, that there are oftentimes folks who will complain about everything. Offense can be read into many things where no offense is intended. Anyone who knows you knew your sense of humor and appreciated it as such, I'm sure. Humor is a good thing. There should be more of it in the church. It's so much healthier than judgment.

    Now. Concerning the strays. I love this blog. I, too, am a stray, and I love that I have been accepted and understood and cleansed and fed and sheltered and pampered and taught to run and play. I am thankful that I have been taken in. I'm so glad you have, too. I'm happyer, yet, that you were already housebroken! *grin*
    4174 days ago
  • DAWNWS1
    I've always suspected that animals know which house to go to! Ever since I was a kid, they were always showing up at my parents' house. A little over 2 years ago, I was outside with my dog one night and heard meow-meow-meow, over and over, and this beautiful dark calico came trotting up onto my deck and rubbed all over my dog (who had no idea what to do!) We resisted taking her in, but of course, that didn't work! She finally consented to come into the house in early December (where she immediately curled up under the Christmas tree) and has been our pet ever since. Funny enough, we named her Maui (as in, the meowing she did, not the island, but we wanted people to be able to pronounce it and weren't sure how to spell it!) because every time we called her when she was out, she'd come running and meowing, but once she knew she had a home, she stopped meowing. I haven't heard her meow in well over a year now! Anyway, this is a long enough comment. Have a wonderful night and thank you for my spark goodie.
    4174 days ago
  • IUHRYTR
    A reader has informed me that my joking reference to animal and people mental telepathy psychic hotlines may be offensive to some Christians. That was not my intention. I did not think anyone would take those comments so seriously. But, for any discomfort these remarks caused, I have deleted them and apologize if the remarks made anyone uncomfortable.

    The SparkMail continued that perhaps such references to pyschic hotlines may lead some weak-willed Christians astray. Although I do not infuse my blog messages with an overwhelming number of religious references, anyone affiliated with me through the "I Can Do All Things Through Christ!" team will realize I have only others' interests at heart.

    If you agree with the letter writer, please SparkMail me and let me know. I never claimed I was perfect. But, I'd appreciate feedback. Thank you.

    Lou

    4174 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/27/2009 6:39:51 PM
  • BEAMISH7
    I should have known that you were a collector of stray creatures, Lou. Sounds like a happy crew you live with. Are you equally as aware, Lou, of how you matter here? The name I notice the most in its absence is yours though that doesn't happen all that often. You just seem to give and give just lke we are challenged to do. Whether at home or here or you church or wherever, you are so appreciated. Thanks for such a moving blog. Peggy
    4174 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    You have a way of making me cry Lou. Joy emoticon

    Of course there are those days you make me laugh emoticon , you even make me smarter emoticon with all the information you share. I am glad that you found your way to Sparks. You are a beacon that shines in the night. My the Lord richly bless your efforts at improving your life.
    Joy
    4174 days ago
  • INDEJAM09
    WE LOVE OUR PETS TOO! WE CALL THEM THE KIDS AND WHEN THE ROTTIE GETS TO CRANKY WITH THE SHIH TZU I TELL HER TO STOP BEING A BITCH! LOL! I THINK PET PEOPLE ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE. I APPRECIATE YOUR WRITING THIS BLOG AND THAT I WAS ABLE TO REPLY.
    I HAD LOST 50 AND GAINED BACK 20 AND HAD TO START OVER SO I SWITCHED FROM THE OTHER SITES TO SP AND I LOVE IT.
    I WANT TO BE HEALTHY. I'D LIKE/LOVE TO LOOSE. BUT I'M FOCUSING ON HEALTHY. I'M TRYING TO CARE FOR ME LIKE I DO MY DOGS. LIKE I WOULD MY HUSBAND IF HE'D LET ME. HIS DIET IS WORSE THAN THE DOGS!
    YOU WRITE WELL AND I FELT LIKE I KNEW YOUR HOME AND YOUR ANIMALS.
    THANKS FOR SHARING AND THANKS FOR BEING HERE. I LOVE SP AND CAN SEE THAT YOU DO TOO! emoticon
    4174 days ago
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    What a lovely blog. Thanks for sharing.
    4174 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    You are a vital member of this family! You give so much to us, and I am thankful for you, and all that you do. I know that God is pleased with your labor of love; the encouragement and support you give to others, the wisdom you share, and your faithfulness to reaching out to His people. We are blessed to have you here with us!

    God Bless You!
    Leah
    4174 days ago
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