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An Unexpected Encounter of Unrestrained Happiness

#ThinkKit Day 1:  “Share your year in photos. Was there a moment of unrestrained happiness? An unexpected encounter? Dig into the deeper meaning of a moment frozen in time.”

To start the year off, this guy joined the family.


Seriously… How can you look at this face and not have a happy heart?  He was definitely unexpected.  He showed up on a friend’s Facebook page one day and my heart melted.  I knew he was meant to become a member of the family.  He had been a stray, out in the elements of last winter.  I knew he was something special that he survived through our horrendous weather in February.  He was all of twenty-eight pounds.  Had been starving for food and attention.

There is some wildly cosmic joy that one gets when you bond with a pet.  They are the epitome of unconditional love.  They talk to you, play with you, walk with you and listen to you (well most times).  Above all else, they love you.

We already had Coco Chanel, a beautiful German Shepherd/Lab mix rescue from the Indianapolis Humane Society.  She is everything her name implies..a sweet little diva who just happens to be ninety-two pounds.  She is our baby.  And spoiled rotten of course.

Was she going to be as excited to meet this little face as I was?  Was she ready to share her spot at the foot of the bed at night?  It isn’t exactly that she rules the roost, er, well, let’s just say that if the two four legged friends weren’t going to be friends, I had to stop obsessing on his pictures!  I arranged a meet & greet.  Yes, it was a “playdate” for dogs.  Before I let one more ounce of love brew in my heart for this little guy, I had to be sure that Coco would be up for it as well.

I had explained to my son on the ride to meet the little bear that we were NOT bringing this dog home today.  We would see if he got along with everyone and then make the decision to make him a permanent member of the fam. My son said okay.  Deep down, we were both lying to ourselves but neither would admit it.

My son and I arrived and actually asked Coco if she was ready to meet a new friend.  For those dog owners out there, you know what I’m talking about.  A conversation with your dog..saving this topic for another post later.

We walked up the front walk and were greeted by my friend and this amazing little spirit.  The dogs’ eyes met.  Intrigue in their eyes.  Who is this??  A friend?  I don’t know this dog!  As we closed the gap between the two, it was becoming ever so evident that they wanted to meet.  Nose to nose.  Eyes to eyes.  Then it happened…tails began wagging.  Sniffing faces. Licking snouts.  Coco’s eyes looked up at me.  I think at that moment, she too, fell in love.

Needless to say, after some playtime in the backyard, Bongo (the little bear) came home with us that day.   That same afternoon, they had their first nap together. 177

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me, they are the role model for being alive” ~ ~Gilda Radner