I was told that the dog was full grown and had the traits of being very calm and would be a "lap dog". After filling out the paperwork, I waited a week. The call came in that I could adopt her. I was so happy to have a dog in my life again.
She had an unusual name, but I decided to call her Annie. Life with Annie was challenging at first. She was somewhat out of control, did not know how to be with humans (she bit hands frequently), did not know basic commands and was not housebroken.
Two days after arriving at her new home, Annie developed Kennel Cough. I spent several nights holding her in a recliner so she cough breathe easier. A round of antibiotics cleared it. One week later, I noticed a bump on Annie's hind leg. A visit from a mobile vet confirmed an abscess. Another antibiotic had to be taken.
My thoughts are that Annie's immune system was compromised. She came from a rescue shelter, was given all immunizations and was spayed. That is a lot all at the same time!
Annie had been physically abused. With gentleness, she learned to trust people. The biting stopped. She learned basic commands quickly. And the so called "lap dog" became highly energetic and very social. Annie loved people and other dogs.
Being an animal communicator, I was able to pick up on a message from Annie. It was loud, clear and repetitive. "I want my family. I want my family!" With that in mind, I was open to letting Annie go. My decision to relocate to be near family in Ohio assisted with Annie being able to find her family. My neighbor took Annie in for one week until "the family" was found. That was over four years ago.
I think of Annie from time to time. She helped to lessen the sadness I felt from the loss of my dog. I helped her to learn to trust, how to be loving with humans and assisted in her physical healing. Although we were only together for 3 months, it truly was healing for Annie & me.