The true meaning of Hope

Although I don’t agree with some of the things that Cesar Millan does, I believe that he is definitely on target when he talks about how he “rehabilitates dogs and trains people” and how dogs live in the now and move forward. I’ve written about Hope before. She was a puppy that my friend Susan and I co-fostered. When she came to live with us, she had 2 previous foster homes that were not ideal for her. She was covered in stress dandruff, had continuous eye and ear infections and she was very anxious and vocal. In fact, the day I picked her up she put her mouth on my arm and began squeezing it with increasing pressure until she left visible teeth marks. It was like she was saying I don’t want to do this but I don’t know what else to do to relieve the tension that I am feeling. At that moment I knew that she was coming home with me. I couldn’t leave her to suffer another day. We weren’t sure if we could help her but we were willing to try. In just a few weeks, her skin condition improved dramatically and we could see the beginnings of a very beautiful, gentle personality emerging.  Six or seven months later she was healthy enough to be  moved on to her wonderful adult foster home with Patty. Eventually Hope’s entire litter was rejected by the  guide/service dog school and Susan was given the opportunity to adopt her and give her a forever home. I cannot think of a better place to be if I was a dog. Under Susan’s loving care, Hope has blossomed into an amazing, gentle soul. Patty and I still get our regular dose of “Hope love” when she comes to our houses for sleep overs and puppy-sitting.

Susan has two active, energetic grand daughters and a 6 month old kitten.  Hope puts up with all the activity and excitement and shows no sign of stress or anxiety.  Susan shared these wonderful pictures of Hope, Copper (kitten), Petra and Gwen playing together and thoroughly enjoying each others company.  The girls just love crawling into Hope’s kennel and Copper likes to hang out on top.   It just brings tears of joy to see how Hope is living in the present and not letting her past affect her future.  We two-legged creatures could learn a lot from our four-legged friends.



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3 responses to “The true meaning of Hope

  1. Marsha

    This brings tears to my eyes. I’m so glad that Hope got a 2nd chance with you and Susan. She’s one lucky and very beautiful dog!!!

  2. Susan

    Debbie I’m still crying. What a beautiful tribute to Hope, to her journey. Thanks so very much for the integral part that you and Patty have been and continue to be in her life. Each day that she shares with us I am reminded of what real hope is and my heart is touched with joy. She truly is an “amazing, gentle soul” and a very precious gift.

  3. I love to read of success stories like this Deb. How wonderful for Hope that the Universe lined her up with you and your friend Susan. The photos are adorable.

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