On the Wednesday Walk this week, we were accompanied by a four month old pup who has been to h*ll and back and is now being fostered by Karen, one of our regular walkers. This little girl was found by the side of the road in the north, bleeding and battered, a virtually paralyzed hind quarters, a nose so crooked that she could hardly breathe. A kind man found her, and took her to a vet where the severity of her injuries and her overall condition nearly led to her being euthanized.
But something about her encouraged them to do their very best to save her, and their extraordinary care and her wonderful spirit pulled her through. And once she was strong enough, she travelled with her rescuer through two provinces and a territory until he was able to transport her down south and leave her in Karen’s care.
She is an amazing pup. Watching her watch the other dogs and learn from them, watching her attend to her foster mom’s voice and happily receive her reward, watching her swim and run and explore and sit and jump and just LOVE LIFE ....she brought a smile to my face and warm fuzzies to my soul. We should all be so strong, so resilient, so smart, so forgiving, so happy.
Her foster mom calls her Alva. And she personifies all that is good in life. In a world that sometimes seems full of nasty, violent people, people with a sense of entitlement and little compassion for others, we need more Alvas. She has so much to teach us about how to live life to the fullest.
May you have a long, happy and full life, Alva.
Sometimes life's a balancing act
Chase your dreams
Look before you leap
And lift your face to the sun and the sky, for it's a beautiful world