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Joy: From the Ground Up

Rescue Me November 17, 2013

I didn’t believe her at first. She was new and exciting and her past didn’t matter to me. What mattered was she was my new mom, my forever person, and I loved her from the start.

RescuedI loved her that first day she and dad came to visit me at the Oshkosh Humane Society. We shared a special moment when she knelt down to pet me and I did my best to grab on with my paw (as only us canines can do) to show her she was the one for me.  I was devastated when they left without me that day. The days that followed were some of my lowest of the low. A whole two weeks went by before I saw her again, and that’s when I knew it to be true. My forever person had found me. I was being rescued.

Recovery. Liberation. Deliverance. Rescue means different things to different people, all tied together by the common denominator of strong emotional responses. Joy. From the ground up, that’s what rescue means to me. So it never occurred to me that perhaps more than one heart was rescued that day. At least not until later, as I learned my adoption followed a string of unfortunate events in the lives of my forever people.

In May 2009, mom’s job at the local newspaper was eliminated along with the jobs of about half of the staff. Two weeks later, her dad died. It was sudden and terrible, and I won’t share all the details, other than that it came as a complete shock to her small immediate family. And alas, she had a new full-time job-helping her mom meet the attorneys, doing calculations with the CPA, and acting like the grown up who had it all together. In reality, she was the 24-year-old kid who found herself turning to the wrong ways of coping.

I’m no psychologist, but I would say she was still a little depressed when I met her a little more than a year later. And I immediately set about changing that in the only way I knew how. Loving. And, in doing so, I know I made her feel more alive. So ultimately I’m not sure who really rescued who. What I do know is I never would have thought more than one heart could be rescued in the same day. Yet I know it to be (at least partially) true. Mom didn’t just rescue me that day. I rescued her.

This post was inspired by Janine Allen’s “I Rescued a Human Today.”

Read it here: http://rescuemedog.org/dog-blog/i-rescued-a-human-today-by-janine-allen/


37 Responses to “Rescue Me”

  1. scrapydo Says:

    Wow, Wiley you are a dog so true and near to my heart as can be! I came to my mom when I was only 8 weeks but I really think if it did not happen that way she would have lost it. She has also gone through so many trauma that it is no wonder she gets depressed. I feel immediately when she feels down and that’s when a keep an eye on her all the way.I take my squeaky toy and push her to play with me. We run up and down, in and out! Gone is the sad mood and she laughs again. High paws to you my dearest friend. (It’s good you write about the situation)

  2. huntmode Says:

    Lovely, Wyles. Just a wee question. When you wrote, “And I immediately set about changing that in the only way I knew how. Living. …” Knowing you, dear dog, I’m thinking you were going to write, “….the only way I knew how. Loving.” Mind, it works both ways, but yours always leads back to love, Wyles. Just say’n. Give your Mom and Dad a hug from us, please. And three for you, Wyles. The HuntModes

  3. utesmile Says:

    As it sounds you both needed each other, and how God works, you found each other. So glad you did as you are all happy together and have so much love going around!

    • Your words bring to mind the words at the very end of one of my mom’s favorite Christmas movies “Love Actually.” Love actually is all around. 🙂 I like that quote – another example of God’s works.
      Lots of love,

  4. askfisher Says:

    Thank you once again, Wiiey, for sharing your remarkable wisdom!

  5. I had no doubt that it would have been a mutual rescuing. It is amazing how much dogs dog for us, I don’t think we can ever repay them!

  6. yes, that’s what you did, Wiley. I also brought my staff back to life. Sometimes we are like lifejackets and parachutes at once.

  7. Nikitaland Says:

    I am so glad you found each other and make each other so happy!

  8. You were just what the doctor ordered. The perfect medicine, Wiles. I rescued Mom, too. She was too lonely after her 16 year old dog, Smoki died. She needed me, like your Mom needed you. We are both the perfect medicine!

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      You are a hero of mine, do you know that? You do so much good in the life of your mom…nature’s best medicine, if you ask me!
      Lots of love to you both,

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  10. likeitiz Says:

    yes, life does throw curve balls at us, huh? We just have to know how to deal with them. It’s always great to have someone who comes along to ease that burden.

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

    This “who rescued who?” conundrum is real. And it makes for one of my favorite posts.

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