My Path to Patsy
It had been years since I had a dog. It had been several years that I wanted to rescue a dog. It took one visit in adopting our "Patsy-girl". Now that I'm a dog mom to Patsy in her 'furever' home, I'd like to share my path to my rescue dog.
After scouring the Saving Grace NC rescue website for years and from contacts, I knew that it would be the best rescue organization for me. My criteria for a rescue dog was a smaller dog no more than 25 pounds, adult with a sweet manner and disposition. Puppies are fun and adorable but I knew that it wasn't the right time in my life for raising a puppy. To be honest, I was convinced I was going to rescue a dachshund as I had been around dachshunds throughout my life and knew them best. However, I remained open-minded once my Saving Grace NC adoption application was approved and finalized a date to visit.
On June 10th, 2016, my life was "furever" changed. After visiting Saving Grace NC, I was amazed at the warmth and kindness of the staff members and volunteers and the beauty of their on-site gardens and dog designated areas. If puppies or dogs were not wanted and not adopted yet, I felt relieved that they were in such a special and caring environment such as Saving Grace NC.
With my trusted accomplice (aka my mom), we met six different dogs of a variety of ages, sizes and breeds. We met a beagle/hound mix, two beagles, a lab mix, a dachshund and a Carolina Cattle Dog. Patsy had been listed on the website the day before we arrived and was not on my original list of dogs to meet. After reading her dog bio the day before, I just I had to meet her. I don't remember my mom's exact words now, she knew the moment I meet Patsy that she was the one for me. Although it was evident she had recently had puppies and was a little lethargic from being spayed the previous day, Patsy was happy to see me. Her tail was wagging and she had a grin from ear to ear that matched mine. At that moment, I knew in my heart that she was the one for me. As I sat down beside her, I imagined she would keep me company on my walks, cuddle up next to me on cold days and be the piece of my life missing. The volunteer working with us answered many of my questions and I am grateful for her time and effort throughout the adoption process.
Since adopting Patsy, we have shared many happy times together and she adds much joy to my life. While Patsy has helped me meet more of my neighbors and their dogs and increase my daily step count, the value she has brought my life is very meaningful. Patsy has taught me more about unconditional love. No matter what is going on in my life, I always know I will be greeted with a wagging tag and smile by Patsy at the door. Another valuable lesson is how Patsy is preparing me to be a parent someday. I appreciate the value of being selfless and selfish towards someone else, and she is a constant reminder that I'm caring for someone else besides myself.
In our first months together, Patsy has jumped right into being part of the Nagel family. She loves spending quality time with her grandparents who adore their grand-dog. She visited her uncle and four-legged rescue cousin, Orion in Georgia and traveled through two different states. Patsy had her first dog sundae at Fresh in Raleigh and loves car rides through the City of the Oaks!
I hope my path to Patsy inspires you to look into Saving Grace NC, rescue a dog, donate or even volunteer to the organization. My greatest hope is that you will take the opportunity to rescue a dog and they will give you the greatest lesson of unconditional love.
“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad" -Robert Wagner