Nearly all of the good things in my life seem to have started with animals. And some of my dearest friendships have begun because of dogs. Dogs are a large portion of my life, so it's no wonder those closest to me appreciate these soulful creatures as much as I do and that I continue to meet the most wonderful people through them.
Because I can appreciate all that life has to offer, there are the occasional friendships that aren't based and blossoming around dogs..but still I can't help but wonder if canines are in their family or if they're loved by them. I do not own dogs but it is a fact that I am owned by many. Currently the number is at 8 with a soon to be added 9. Some I have found..and some have found me. To me it makes little difference how they got here. They're here and that's what makes the difference.
Every once in awhile, there is a dog that stands out and with no effort on the dog's part...I'm smitten. It's that soul connection. Reina has been a soul connection for me. Her wisdom, discretion, courage, devotion, her tough girl stance when she needs to be and her incredibly tender, soft spirit touches me deep in my heart. She is the best dog I have ever known and it is an honor to be her friend.
|at work on a snowy day|
|Reina's little spirits at 5 wks old|
She has raised many cubs that are scattered throughout the state and beyond. Some have went on to be guardians of farms and livestock and others are guardians of the home. Reina has shared her spirit with each of them and on lives her legacy.
|ready to go home|
Her recent brew have found their families and went home yesterday. The privilege to be a part of families finding dogs and dogs finding families..is indescribable. It was a beautiful and emotional day. Reina is back to work and her little cubs are following their journey into the hearts of these extraordinary people.
|Hera & family|
|Ella & family|
|Penelope & family|
|Klaus & family|
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Milan Kundera