The Dogs That Steal Hearts

With so many dogs in the shelter, it’s easy to not get attached to many. Every once in a while, though, one comes along that just grabs your heartstrings between their paws and doesn’t let go. You become emotionally invested, and your every wish hangs on wanting this dog to find the perfect home. For me, in the past two weeks this happened with a dog named Ruby.

You may remember her from a post about taking her on tv. She is an absolute dream of a dog. I took her to an event on Wednesday night, and she wowed the crowd by being calm and gentle to everyone she met – and of course being totally gorgeous. I dropped her off at the shelter that night with my heart aching at the thought of her spending the night alone in her kennel.

While it’s scary investing so much love into a shelter dog, it’s also really refreshing. It helps you remember that every face back there is a loving animal with so much potential – a thought that is easily lost as you go about your daily job and fight for “homeless animals” as a whole, as opposed to each as an individual. These dogs show up, kiss your face, and remind you why you do what you do.

I know what you all are thinking: next foster! next foster! But Ruby is actually spoken for with at least one solid application – yay! Plus, I’ve got a visitor coming next week. . .

5 thoughts on “The Dogs That Steal Hearts

  1. With so many great traits, she’d better have an application in! When I worked at the shelter we had a buddy system. Each staff member picked a current resident dog to buddy up with; we’d spend our break with that dog so that we could know their personality better and invest in finding them a good home. It really did help keep the multitude of dogs more personal for us- I’m glad you made a buddy with Ruby!

  2. Clint & Jen

    What a wonderful dog! We just adopted Ruby last week and she is an absolute SWEETHEART!!! We have two boys (2 & 4 yrs old) and she is amazingly patient and calm around them. We love her and are so blessed to have her in our family now.

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