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.