After 113 days of nurture, encouragement, coaxing and loving.. I am proud to announce that Millie Vanilli is officially adopted into our home just in time for the holiday season. We couldn't have been happier with how helpful the staff at the GBHS were. They went above and beyond helping us.. making sure she was taken care of, had everything she needed to thrive and most importantly.. they helped us save and rescue this now hopeful and happy pup.
Millie has her forever home and as I reflect on the past several months, I am so happy to know that we were the ones that were there to nurture her, foster her, show her that life can be fun and enjoyed, that she doesn't have to be scared of everything and that there is a great big world full of interesting things waiting to be discovered. This whole healing process made the adoption even more rewarding!
Since we've been caring for her, there is a lot that she seems to have experienced for the first time. She didn't know what toys were and now I can't get her to stop playing.
She also discovered what it's like to have friends.. She loves when we have doggie days out and go hiking and exploring..
Speaking about exploring.. she got to experience the beach this summer. There she got to feel the sand beneath her paws, the ocean breeze and see the infinite ocean for the first time.
Most importantly.. out of all these experiences, I feel the most rewarding is knowing that she knows she has a place to call her own. She no longer feels the need to sleep in a tense, tight ball in a stressed manner.. She can stretch out, roll on her back and pass out comfortably in her own home, knowing she is safe.
If you are ever considering getting a dog.. I only hope that your experience can be as half as rewarding as mine has been. Adopt don't shop. Save a life and make a difference. It not only changes your world but it means the world to the dog you saved. Pay it forward!