I was thinking about names for our next dog and I looked up into the sky and I saw him, big as life and smiling that smile that lit up my world. Jack is leading us to our next dog. I could feel it.
This happened yesterday while I was on a power walk. If you know me you know I love working out. I used to workout every day with our dog Jack. And then he died and I was overcome with grief and stopped working out. I acknowledged my grief, addressed it step by step, used essential oils to heal my broken heart and get strong.
Then yesterday, while working at my desk, I suddenly got up, put on workout clothes and went out for a power walk. I had not had the urge to workout in months but yesterday it was strong and urgent. Not long after starting my power walk I looked up and saw Jack in the clouds.
We have looked at different types of dogs and even visited prospective puppies and puppy parents. None felt right.
For some reason we were drawn to Duck Tolling Retrievers only to find that they are not easy to come by. Tollers are not a “popular” breed but there are wait lists for healthy, well-bred puppies. Even rescues are scarce.
And then it happened and I know Jack was leading us to the one.
Our wonderful vet connected us with her awesome veterinarian friend that breeds Tollers. Both vets focus their practices on K9 athletes, K9 fitness, K9 structural soundness and rehab. Our new dog will be the breeder’s male pick of the litter. She has multiple dogs and little or no room left in her family home for another dog. This litter was intentional to produce a breeding male and she definitely wants a male from THIS LITTER. We communicated with her by email and without even knowing much about each other she offered us the opportunity to have this special male and let her breed him when he is of age. We said YES. She is looking for all the same “stuff” that we are and our dog will be chosen based on personality, temperament and structure - not just for his appearance. He will be steady and strong, willing and fun-loving.
We spoke on the phone and knew the pairing is perfect and definitely meant to be. Our dog will be “started” with exposure to obstacles, sounds, people, changing environment and all the other stuff that will help him become my next “bullet proof” partner. He will be started holistically with whole food, a mindful vaccination schedule, physical agility opportunities and stimulation to allow him to be strong and brave.
We do not know what “job” our new dog will have but he will be ready.
“Prepare the dog for the path not the path for the dog.” (author unknown)
I totally believe that Jack is leading us to THIS DOG at THIS TIME from THIS PERSON. It is clear that we are being purposefully connected. We do not know what male pup will be ours but it is all good. He will be the one. Jack will make sure of that.