Words That Make a Heart Sing

The other day I loaded my email to find a message from an address I didn’t know (always a pleasant surprise for my PeaceLoveFoster account!). I opened it up and began reading what ended up being one of the most touching stories I have experienced since I started fostering. D is a recent follower, and this is what she had to say:

Good Saturday morning.  As with a lot of people, I “ran into” your blog via “Love and a Six Foot Leash”, and having adopted my two cats from MCHS, automatically made it a “Favorite” page.  I also have a wonderful, awesome, phenomenal, etc., etc., dog named Daisy that I adopted from Mutts Matter Rescue.  They pulled her from a Kill Shelter in GA literally on her last day.  I am still amazed that anyone would “discard” this gorgeous, brilliant dog.  We recently celebrated her 3rd birthday :)

My main reason for writing is Baxter – funny story.  Many months ago, I made a donation to Jasmine’s House and they sent me a post card thank you with a photo of a dog named Baxter.  He had some sort of mange or something on his face, but such a cutie.  I stuck the postcard on my fridge, so I would think of him everyday.

Recently, a dog that I was sponsoring at Villalobos Rescue (Nate) passed away.  After a few days, I thought about sponsoring Baxter.  I went on Jasmine’s House website, but the sponsor page was still “under construction”.  I thought maybe I would send Catalina a message, but just got too busy.  Now, in the meantime, I was reading your blog – and I even thought at one point b/c of the name, “could this posibly be that Baxter?”, but no, this is an MCHS pup and he looks different. 

Finally, yesterday, I had some down time at work.  After reading your daily blog about begging (so cute), I had a chance to look back at Baxter’s beginning (light bulb moment)… The video made me cry and laugh at the same time.  Baxter looks soooo happy now :)

Thank you for taking care of this handsome boy!”

I’ve read this email many times, and I will continue to read it any time I need some motivation, encouragement, or celebration. How incredible is it that Baxter was special enough to make such an impression on D that she remembered him for months after she received the card? Then she was reconnected to him by a somewhat coincidental encounter, and was so moved by the “new” Baxter that she took time to email me. I was absolutely floored by not only her story, but by her kind words – an unexpected and enormously appreciated gesture I’ve experienced from many as I blog about our Baxter.

Yes, I say our Baxter.  It is as evident as ever that this little black dog has touched worlds beyond what I often guess. Followers know him from MCHS or Jasmine’s House or his life with me – so many different avenues have brought people together on this very day, reading this very post, about this very dog that they have never met, yet care so much about. Folks have sent him care packages and cards and special notes, all because of the way his story has touched them through a computer screen. I think I speak on behalf of many other bloggers when I say that giving these dogs a voice to tell their story – and then also getting feedback on it – is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do.

21 thoughts on “Words That Make a Heart Sing

  1. Rachel F

    how amazing! such a touching story about a wonderful dog that will make someone forever happy one day, as he does with everyone he meets!

  2. Lynnie

    WOW! One of your best blogs yet. Besides the fact that you and Bax have touched so many lives, I’m struck by your writing and your ability to emote with words. I see an author in the future. You never cease to amaze me Jana.

  3. DrW

    OAR, of a revolution. What goes around comes around. What you give, you get in return. You can actually say that you are making a difference in the world :-)

  4. I love the idea of being a voice for animals…you do such a wonderful job of doing just that! This is such an inspiring post and makes me want to foster even more (though we have to get Zoe’s resource-guarding issues sorted out first). Thanks so much for sharing! <3

  5. What an amazing email! I am so glad D reached out to you. That’s the crazy and wonderful thing about life, you never know who you touch. I have no doubt that by working so hard with Baxter and giving him a home you have inspired others to do the same with dogs in their own communities. The power of sharing your story on the internet is an incredible one.

    • Seriously, what did people do without the internet!? I can’t imagine how anyone got dogs adopted, that’s for sure haha. Speaking of… thanks for always being such a great internet follower :)

  6. Angel

    I know that I subscribed to your blog just to see his beautiful face every chance I get, and to read about his most recent adventures. His story has broken my heart, yet renewed my hope that there are good people out there. Bless you for taking such good care of this poor boy. He is clearly an Angel- I believe they’re here in all forms. I wish I could take him, but I have a small minagerie at my house as it is. So, I, like most, will love him from afar. Thank you for sharing him with us!

  7. Colleen

    Baxter has come so far with your guidence and love – I will also have have a special place in my heart for him. He has touched us all with his charm, good looks, and loving spririt. Your blog on him has helped him to become a celebrity. Thank you so much for taking such wonderful care of Baxter aka Comeback Kid!!!

  8. This is my favorite post yet! How amazing … I truly believe that if you send love and trust out into the world, good things will come back your way. Like many others, I found you through Love and a Leash (awesome people, aren’t they?)

    You even inspired me to start my own blog following the adventures I have with my own fosters :) Check it out if you like; wiener dogs certainly aren’t as big as Bax but they do have a ‘tude ;)

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