Melissa and Laura,
We sure have enjoyed the golden retriever calendar. Walking through the den where it hangs in a prominent place always brings a smile to our faces, not only for the calendar, but also for where it came from, when, and why.
Melissa, you sure crerated a miracle Christmas story reaching out about Buddy in response to my post. I was pretty torn up about Andy and Buddy both. The news of Andy's lymphoma diagnosis following his surgery was very very hard to take at that moment. Buddy was setting the ball on my lap for another throw as Andy lay on a cushy pallet nearby. I worried so about both of them, realizing I couldn't give both of them the level of attention I'd been able to give them until then with Andy facing an uncertain and rocky road. It was an amazing answer to heartfelt prayers for both of them.
Look now, a year later. Buddy's in an amazing family having the best life, Andy continues to do well, albeit with occasional bumps in the road as we're experiencing now. It couldn't have turned out better.
And it was so nice meeting all of you as well. Normally I would never have considered adopted a rescue without a home visit, but your videos, pictures, and everything spoke of the amazingly loving family of dog lovers you all are. Thank you.
It was also kind of neat how the first good snowfall Buddy saw was that afternoon in Lima when the snow fell so quickly. And you guys had a nice warm blanket and all that snuggling to warm and comfort him on the way home too. I was so worried he'd be scared. The look on his face in some of the early pictures looked like he was unsure what was going on. But he was enveloped in love and warmth from the get go and adapted to his new life in a New York minute thank to the love, doting, and care he continues to enjoy.
Thank you for making all of this possible. It's been such a bright spot for us since the moment Laura emailed she wanted to adopt Buddy. It really made our Christmas last year, and brings smiles and 'aws' this year.