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Joy: From the Ground Up

Home is Where the Heart Is January 28, 2013

I’ve lived a lot of different places in my relatively short life.

When I was a little pup, my birth mom and my two brothers moved around a lot, finding shelter under garbage cans, in alley ways, and in cardboard boxes (if we were lucky). Times were pretty tough and food was scarce, but one thing brought me comfort like nothing else: cuddling with my mom. I would scrunch myself as small as I could, inhale her motherly smell, and listen for her heartbeat. It was warm, and with each beat of her heart, I could somehow feel her loving me just a little bit more. More than anything, I miss that about her. She was home to me.

Later when I was fending for myself, it brought me the most powerful sense of relief to picture myself back there snuggling myself into serenity. I could be shivering cold in the icy cold rain, and the memory of being in my mom’s arms brought me warmth.

As time went on, her smell became more a distant memory and her image became the slightest bit blurry, but her warmth somehow remained a source of solace in my heart.

People at the humane society (fondly?) referred to me as needy, and perhaps that’s what I am. I never passed up the opportunity to nudge myself into the hands or arms of the workers and especially of visitors who asked to see me outside of my room. I know that’s why I struggled in the first adoptive home with all of those other cats and dogs. There was simply not enough cuddle time to go around in that house.

That has never been a problem in my forever home. My mom and dad (and various people visitors) seem to enjoy my cuddly nature (for the most part).

The other day, it was bedtime in the Schmidt household and (as has become customary), I snuggled myself in between mom and dad on the bed. I closed my eyes, let out a deep grunting sigh and realized something. While my birth mother’s warmth is irreplaceable, I have found not just one but two new hearts to lull me to sleep with their love. And with that, I realized I am truly blessed.

If its true that home is where the heart is, my heart has found its forever home.

Smiles for Cuddles

 

60 Responses to “Home is Where the Heart Is”

  1. This is so beautiful Wiley. I’m so glad you have a home where warm hearted people take care of and love you.

  2. Wiley, I am so happy that you’ve found a great big snuggly forever home!

  3. It’s so lovely you’ve found your home with people who like to cuddle up too 🙂 And may I say what a gorgeous little smile you have – I’m smitten!

  4. Such a wonderful smile 🙂

  5. It wasn’t until the end that I realized you weren’t writing this for yourself. It’s just as touching even so 🙂

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  7. Thanks for sharing – good luck forever!
    Best wishes Mille and Totti

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  13. Jo Bryant Says:

    so glad you found your forever home

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  17. @makingkai Says:

    Aww it is indeed!!! (You’re so cute!!)

  18. […] was. Then it started raining right through my cardboard box. At least with my family around, I had love and warmth, which fed the soul more than I […]

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  21. I like it when individuals come together and share opinions.

    Great blog, stick with it!

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  32. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    I’m not going to lie. This is probably one of my favorite posts. To love, life, and home.

  33. Sandy Says:

    Wiley, you are home. And so well loved. Even with Carter taking up Mom’s immediate attention, it is good to know that you are part of your wonderful family : )

  34. lifelessons Says:

    Wiley, you are adorable. Bet you’d have fun with my Scottie, Morrie. Look him up on my blog! xoxo http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/10/02/merry-go-round/


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