Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

The Day Forever Changed September 1, 2013

My birth mother never cared much for cars. Or people for that matter. Put the two together into a moving vehicle? She usually kept her distance. Except for that day. The day that changed my life forever. The day we all got separated.

It started like any other day in my early puppyhood. We woke to mom going hunting for food, so my brothers and I wrestled until she returned. We feasted on a gourmet selection of leftovers she scavenged from behind a nearby diner. Discarded toast crusts were my favorite since my brothers usually stolGaining Perspectivee the ham and sausage scraps before I could get to them.

After breakfast, we would journey outside our cardboard shelter. I know mom’s intention was to keep an eye out for someplace better for us to move to even though I quite fancied our cozy hideaway. She always wanted the best for us though, and I will never forget that.

I don’t know what go into her that day, but she seemed edgy. Skiddish. Scattered. Her usual fear of cars and people was thrown to the wind as we paraded through the streets. My brothers and I followed (somewhat) blindly, trusting she knew what she was doing.

That’s when it happened. There we were in the middle of the road when not just one but two cars were coming at us full speed ahead. From both directions. My heart raced almost as fast as I did away from the imminent danger. I assume my mom and brothers did the same, though I will never know for sure. I ran as fast as my puppy legs would take me until I made it back to the cardboard box we called home. I waited there, knowing certainly that’s where we would all meet up. I waited a day. Every moment that ticked by felt like hours. I waited a week. Nothing.

I was devastated. The events of the day haunted my every thought as I wondered how I could somehow relive those moments. How I could make it right. I should have looked back, I thought. I should have waited for my brothers. I should have stopped running sooner so I could have seen where they went. All of these should haves, could haves, would haves still occasionally pop into my mind.

But how would life be different had I done “right” that day? Would I still be with my mom and brothers somewhere? Perhaps. But then I would never have met Tiger and his puppies. I wouldn’t have gotten to protect Jo from the man with the leather belt. I wouldn’t have learned optimism as a way of life from Rusty at the Oshkosh Humane Society. I wouldn’t have found my forever home.

All of this makes me wonder whether there really is a “right” way in life. Moreover, I wonder whether what we sometimes think is right actually is what’s best for us on our path. I may be an optimist, but I can’t say whether there really is a way to get life right. I know my mom’s way involved keeping her distance from cars and people. But that isn’t the right way for everyone. It certainly isn’t for me.

The day I was separated from my birth family was one I will always remember. That day I learned a very important life lesson that forever can change in a moment. Sometimes you can make it right. Sometimes you can’t. The thing is we also don’t always understand what’s best for us in these moments. We can’t always see the big picture through the cloudy lenses of now. But that’s why they say hindsight is 20/20. In reality there is nothing I would change about that day because it led me to where I am today. And I wouldn’t change that for all of the dog treats in the world.


21 Responses to “The Day Forever Changed”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Beautifully stated and wonderfully presented, Wyles. Thank you. Every morning, when I light a candle, I say, “Good morning, God. I am who I am and I am divine. Everything is working for my higher good. I trust myself and I trust You, God.” And, somehow, my life is better, more peaceful for this.

    • Dear HuntMode,
      I don’t know why I’m surprised to hear you have a daily affirmation as beautiful as that. It warms my heart to “hear” your words. I do believe they play a role in your life being more peaceful, as you entrust the Lord with your days.
      Lots of love,

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  3. Such a touching story, Wiles. You’re seeing the bright side as always. In the song Bless the Broken Road, they say, “Every long lost dream led me to where you are….God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.” Yours was a REALLY broken road. Happy endings – joy from the ground up!

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      I’m familiar with that song about the broken road. It is definitely a poetic illustration of what its like for us rescued dogs to find our forever home. I’m so glad you found yours too. 🙂
      Lots of love,

  4. That was such a touching story I had some tears in my eyes while reading. I agree Wiley, I felt the same as I left my dog-family. I had no clue why this humans came and brought me into a cage with wheels. At that time I was scared, but today I’m happy that they chosed me :o)

    • So sorry to make you tear up on your birthday, dear brother. That was not my intention. But thank you for your kind words. I too am so glad your forever family found you because that led you to me! 🙂
      Lots of love,

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  6. Wiles, you always touch my heart. I’m sad to read your story, but I am glad you’ve got your forever home. Sending big hugs to you xo

  7. Ginger Beagle Says:

    We recently just lost our small puppy to a car (while he was chasing a cat) so I’m thankful that you were able to escape the situation, even if it meant a struggle for the next little while.

    • Oh my goodness. My little doggie heart stopped when I read this. I am so sorry for your loss! It’s all too common, I fear. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the fur family involved. 😦

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

    If you had to chose a day, just one day, that your life changed forever, what day would it be?

  9. kanzensakura Says:

    Such a hard start in life, but at least you had love and someone who tried their best take care of you. That is a love that will always be with you. And you r optimism! Everyday I say thank you for all the good in Mt lufe, all the lessons I have learned, and for The One who loves us all. I ask for guidance to best live and to help others when I can. Your story made me cry but at the end, grateful you were given to your forever home and family. Your optimism reminds me of how sometimes, good things can be given to us and to never lose hope.

  10. Lyn Says:

    Sunshine Award, Super Sweet Blog Award, Candle Lighter Award. It is no wonder you have been given all these awards, Wiles, but if I had an award to give, I’d give you the Straight from the Heart Award. Bless you Wiley, Pup.

  11. likeitiz Says:

    What a traumatic experience that must have been. But your outlook is to be admired and emulated. You knew how to move forward, make the most of your situation, find your happiness and along the way, touch and be touched. Lovely read.

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