Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

From Rags to Riches August 17, 2013

It started with a collar. It had little candy corns on it, and my mom bought it at the Menomonee Falls Pet Fair three years ago today. She had yet to actually have a dog in her life, and she was told this was bad luck. It’s bad karma to buy things for a best friend you’ve yet to meet, people told her (as if she was going to somehow jinx the search).

Here’s the thing: she had already met her best friend. She had met me a few days earlier. She knew she loved me at first sight. But her and dad’s first visit to me was so late in the day the shelter wouldn’t allow them to take me home that same day. I knew she’d be back, but I didn’t learn until later that she almost wasn’t.

Since I had been previously returned, the people at Oshkosh Humane Society were particularly cautious throughout my adoption process to ensure this would be the right family. To ensure I wouldn’t be returned again. They didn’t like that mom and dad were a young couple who would likely be having children in the near future. They didn’t like that dad had never had a dog before. They said they feared my soon-to-be forever people were just falling in love with a cute face and weren’t prepared for the behavioral handful I could be.

Mom didn’t take any of this very well. She saw it as a direct attack on her ability to be a good doggie parent, and perhaps even a good little people parent. Apparently she and dad even resigned to the point they went to meet another terrier mix named Ariel at a different shelter.

The collar would have fit Ariel too. But dad wouldn’t have that. Meeting Ariel did nothing but prove to him that I was the one they were meant to rescue. So he called the people at the Oshkosh Humane Society, told them they were being harsh, and took me home about a week later. He fought for me and no amount of cuddles, kisses, or tail wags will ever thank him enough for that.

Sporting my new tieEver since I was adopted mom takes me to that fair every third Saturday in August. It’s kind of our thing. So you can imagine my disdain when she and dad left this morning to run errands (which must not be any fun at all since I’m almost never invited along for them) and didn’t return until mid-afternoon. I was certain she forgot by that point and (to be honest) I was the slightest bit heartbroken. I understand that forgetfulness can happen during pregnancy, but I didn’t want to believe it. She couldn’t possibly forget our tradition.

Thank goodness dad reminded her. It’s never been his cup of tea, but he knows it’s important to us and he didn’t want the day to go by without us honoring our tradition. He fought for me again, which I realized today he does so often in so many different ways.

It started with a collar. And it ends with a tie. (Thanks to dad’s gentle reminder), mom and I had a fabulous time as we always do, and (in addition to all sorts of dog treats) I got a couple of doggie neck ties. There was a time in my life I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from, and now people love me enough to fight for me and take me to pet fairs and buy me neck ties (of all crazy things). Collars, neck ties, and dog treats aside, I would say that makes me one of the very richest doggies in the whole wide world.


32 Responses to “From Rags to Riches”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    So happy your dad fought for you! You should buy him a neck tie tooowooooowooooooo! Ku

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  3. Oh man! What an awesome story! We are just like you, young couple, no dog experience and we definitely want to have kids. Look where we are now 😀

  4. My humans are young too and will be having fur less babies in the next couple of years… I’m looking forward to the challenge… Looking after two humans is a lot imaging a mini one too! You’re going to be busy Wiley! =^.^=

    • Dearest Bailey,
      I have no doubt in my mind that you will manage the new little person with the same grace and fortitude that you have been taking care of your humans. They are all lucky to have you. 🙂
      Lots of love,

  5. Sandy Says:

    I’m so happy about how well things turned out for you and your parents. It just shows what love can do and how you were all meant to be together.

  6. Nikitaland Says:

    Aw, what a cute post!

  7. Nessy San Says:

    SOmeone fighting for you – is one of the best gifts in the world. Thank you Wiley for another inspiring revelation. *hugs*

  8. utesmile Says:

    You look great with a neck tie, suits you. Glad you did go and had a nice time !

  9. GAH! I never even knew doggie neckties existed! What a great invention! It actually makes you look even more handsome, W. Lucky your outing didn’t fall by the wayside…

    Love and licks,

  10. Your dad is a very brave guy. Please give him a hug from me. I think you are really, really rich – for having such a wonderful furmily :o) Do you think I should wear a necktie too? For the Ladies?

    • Thanks brother. I gave my dad a hug and some kisses (which he doesn’t like nearly as much as me). And I do think you’d look dashing in a doggie neck tie…and I can tell you from experience that two-legged and four-legged ladies will love it! 🙂

  11. huntmode Says:

    It is such a surprise when we learn that someone stood up for us, Wyles – and such a gift of love. Best ~ HuntMode

  12. seeker Says:

    A man has got to do what he’s got to do for Wiles. Someone is looking after you and putting a tie on you. You look so handsome. 😛

  13. Basil Says:

    Your parents are so great and so lucky to have you, anyone with common sense would have fought for you!

  14. likeitiz Says:

    Sorry,Wiley. I don’t really like dressing dogs with human clothes. I think it’s insulting to dogs to be dressed in human stuff. And it’s uncomfortable as hell! Having a shiny well groomed coat and properly clipped paw nails plus clean eyes (no sleep drips or stuff) is just fine.

    • I suppose you’re right about this…fortunately for me, I’m pretty sure the new little person in our family will probably take my place in mom’s game of dress up, so my clothes wearing days may be coming to an end. 😉

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

    Excuse me, I would like to apply for a job.

  16. Lyn Says:

    Wiles, that is one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard today. God bless your Dad for remembering this important occasion. What a splendid tie! You certainly look very dapper 😉

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