It’s interesting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask me where I’ve gotten Gidget. When I tell them I got her from a rescue organization they more often than not will say, “Aw, who would abuse such a sweet dog?”
I heard the same thing when I had my dachshund Joie, also. She wasn’t abused. Her family, though they loved her very much, just couldn’t care for her with her special needs.
This was new for me, as Joie was my first dog I got from a rescue. My first two dogs were from breeders, as well as, Kylie, my Lab.
As far as a I know, Gidget wasn’t abused. Dogs in a rescue situation are there for many different reasons — and yes, some because they have been abused.
Even if Gidget would have been abused I wouldn’t want this to be the focus. I’d do my best to assure her that she is safe now and will enjoy a good life from now on.
Maybe it’s because I believe dogs sense our emotions. If a dog found their way to rescue because of abuse (and thank goodness for those that do!) I wouldn’t want that to be what I dwell on.
I’d want to make it right. To help them feel loved. To know they will always have a loving lap to lie on, and a soft pillow and warm blanket to make them comfortable….and that they will be showered with love until their last breath.
To help them let go of what was and live within the happy new place of where they are.
I also believe, for the most part, animals don’t always hold onto those bad memories. And with a little help from a loving human being, we can help them even more.
Isn’t that a great lesson our animals teach us? If we hold onto bad memories and bad things that may have happened to us, we will live in sadness and blame, for the rest of our lives…. thus missing out on really living.
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