I remember feeling the pressure cap on my head twisting tighter and tighter. I HAVE TO, I HAVE TO, I HAVE TO, the chant pounding through my head. Our dog Blaze, a puppy from our litter, was returned and I felt driven to blend her with our four other dogs, because that is what you do. What other way was there?
The four dogs had formed a pack within themselves. Blaze's mother, father and two siblings wanted nothing to do with her except keep her away. We did the only thing we could do, we put up a door to divide the house and kept the dogs separated until we figured something out.
The pressure was daunting. The need to get the four dogs, together with this little girl was drilled into me like breath. What other way was there to do it?
And as we take each baby step in blending together what is now known as the Front and Back Dogs, this is where I realize that it has taken the thousand earlier baby steps to be able to take this one. It is this gift of learning at our own pace, in our own ways what works for us that I find shining deep within my soul and spirit of who we are as the 24 Paws of Love. And why it may be a little complicated to explain our situation that thread of peace has grown into a strong rope that anchors us together. The communication that transpires is a beautifully orchestrated 6-part harmony that keeps us in tune to watch for the miracles that blossom in our lives. The key for us is not to rush or feel obligated to do something we and the dogs aren't ready for and follow our hearts for the love of our dogs. Chance brought that hope and heart and peace when he came home and gave us the trust to follow all three.
And the miracle continues...