Sometime in September, five emaciated, abused, terrified pitties were dropped of at the Franklin County pound. The Franklin County Humane Society and Angels of Assisi stepped up and saved their lives. One of those dogs is now my foster dog.
Heath was terrified when I first met him - he nervously licked my nose and then flinched when I raised my hand to brush my hair out of my face. It was so clear that he desperately wanted to trust people, and that there was a playful puppy inside him somewhere, but because his first year of life was filled with abuse and neglect, everything terrified him.
He was so scared that he peed when I first took his picture a few days after he'd been rescued. Dogs are amazing, though - in the past few weeks, he's begun to realize that people mean treats and food and head scratches and all the good things that he and his buddies have deserved all along.
A family in North Carolina has applied to adopt him, and they're just thrilled to meet him next weekend. Still a little timid around strangers? Not a problem! A little bit slow to warm up at first? That's cool! They're so excited to meet him, and it sounds like a perfect match. This is why I love rescue - he'll be thoroughly loved on by his 9 and 11 year old human sisters, and they've already started collecting a pile of toys for him.
Looking at him as he is today - in love with my dogs, romping around the back yard with them, so tickled to have bones and peanut butter Kongs to chew on, and always ready to jump up in my lap for a quick love fest and a nap, I can't imagine the world without this awesome dog.
As always, we thank the people of the Franklin County Humane Society. You all are an inspiration to the rescue world, we are grateful for your dedication, and proud to call you friends.
There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.