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Joy: From the Ground Up

Don’t Want To Miss A Thing August 25, 2013

Must. Keep. Eyes. Open. This was my mantra on August 25, 2010. All day long, it’s all I could think. I don’t know if it was pent up nervous energy, lack of sleep, or the overwhelming amount of activity all day long, but the day I was adopted was one to remember.

It started like most days at the humane society, except I could sense a bittersweet excitement in Katie (my favorite angel helper) when she let me out of my cage that day. Something was up, that much I knew, but I had no idea the adventure that day would hold. I got a bath, and a snazzy haircut, and my nails trimmed, and I felt like a million bucks. I got walked a whole bunch, and I swear Katie even snuck me an abundance of extra treats while we played outside. I didn’t realize it would be our last time playing together, but I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Sometimes it’s better that way.

As the day went on, Katie and the other angel helpers kept talking about me being adopted with mixed emotions. They were nervous for me going into a second home, hopeful this would be my forever home, and a bit sad to see me go. It was exhausting.

So when my people came to pick me up for my car ride to my forever home that afternoon, I was pooped. I was ready for an epic nap. Little did I know they lived an hour and a half away from the humane society. There I was, in the back seat of the Ford Escape with my new mom, happy and nervous and dog tired. I remember sitting there next to her doing all the things I associated with being a “good boy.” I sat. I stayed. I kept quiet.

Must. Keep. Eyes. Open.

A Younger Looking Me

My mission failed. I kept drifting in and out of consciousness in spite of my best attempts to stay awake. And yet I remember it all like it was yesterday. I remember it was incredibly hot and humid (not that unlike it is today) and mom didn’t let me sit in the seat I started in. She pulled me close and pet me and I could feel the love coming through her hands. I remember how skeptical dad seemed the whole time. I could tell he wasn’t as keen on this whole new arrangement as mom and I mentally committed that day to change that (this didn’t take long). I remember everything.

I’ve often wondered how it is I remember so much about a day so long ago (three people years is equal to about 21 doggie years depending on who you ask), considering I was struggling to stay awake the majority of that afternoon and evening. I think I got my answer today. I didn’t want to miss a thing about that special day in my life. So I didn’t. I kept the eyes of my heart open, even though the eyes on my face weren’t. So today, on the three-year anniversary of my adoption, I celebrate life. Past. Present. Future.

Must. Keep. Eyes. Open.

This was my mantra on August 25, 2010. Three years later, I share the same idea with one small alteration:

Must. Keep. Heart. Open.

It’s the only way to live.


18 Responses to “Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

  1. Keeping the heart open is important….

  2. Kuruk Says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Wiley! I know I’m on my blogging break, but I just had a feeling I should check things out, and so glad I did, so I could say Happy Gotcha Day! Woooowoooooo! Ok, Mama’s coming back from the bathroom! Gotta log off! Wooooowooooooo, Ku

    • Dear Ku,
      I thought I missed your smiling face the last few days! Thank you for having a feeling and coming around to wish me a happy gotcha day! I really do appreciate it!
      Lots of love,

  3. Sandy Says:

    How did you become so wise Wiley? I’m so glad that you are where you were meant to be – happy Gotcha Day!!

  4. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiles, you are so gorgeous; I just want to hug you xoxo

  5. Basil Says:

    Happy gotcha day pal!

  6. huntmode Says:

    What a lovely story, Wyles. I join in the chorus of Happy Gotcha Day! What a lucky day for all three (SOON to be four) of you!

    • Mom knows a man who, whenever asked how he is doing, he responds that he is blessed. Not good, swell, or peachy. He is blessed. That’s exactly how I feel on days like today – completely and utterly blessed. Thanks for being part of that. 🙂

  7. Jessica Says:

    I LOVE reading adoption stories!! Yours is so sweet and memorable! Happy Adoption Anniversary, Mr. Wiley! 🙂

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    Sometimes I still feel this way about life in general.

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