October 20, 2009

Puppy Size...

I'd like to share a story that was recently shared with me
by my friend, Marrianne in New Zealand.
She tells me it came to her via an email. It's called "Puppy Size".

"It has been weeks now since we started all of this," the mother told the volunteer. "What is it she keeps asking for?", the volunteer asked. "Puppy size!" replied the mother. "Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that’s what she’s looking for." "I know. We've seen most of them," the mom said in frustration.

Just then Danielle, her daughter, came walking into the office. "Well, did you find one?", asked her mom. "No, not this time," Danielle said, with sadness in her voice. "Can we come back on the weekend?" The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed. "You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there’s always a supply", the volunteer said. Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. "Don’t worry, I’ll find one this weekend", she said.

Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her. They both felt she was being too particular. "It’s this weekend or we’re not looking any more.", Dad finally told her in frustration. "We don’t want to hear anything more about puppy size either," Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now, Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs. Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren’t permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said, "Sorry, but you’re not the one.’"

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer. "Mom, this is it! I found the right puppy! He’s the one! I know it!" she screamed with joy. "It’s the puppy size!" "But it’s the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," Mom said. "No, not 'size'. It's the 'sighs'. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said. "Don’t you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both. "Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said. Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, "Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day. They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. ‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’

Thank you, Marrianne, for allowing me to share this message...and Happy Birthday, my friend. I hope your days is perfect and your life filled with Sighs!

The puppies are from Bryn's first litter (our own breeding). See the darker yellow pup lying down in front? That was my sweet Bannor as a puppy. He was Kes' uncle. He stole my heart from the instant he was born and I held him. The other photos are also Bannor. He was my faithful friend for sixteen years. I still miss him.

PS. Today is a travel day for me. Handsome is dropping me off at the airport and I'll be flying to Wisconsin for ten days. No worries...I'll be updating you while I'm away from home.

11 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Anne~fiona and twig said...

So sweet! I have two big old Siberian Huskies, and I can attest to the puppy sighs (size) theory.
Great post!

Jane said...

I loved that story......have a wonderful trip to Wisconsin.

Terri said...

Have a safe journey. Thanks for sharing the puppy sighs..priceless. Now where is that tissue.

Annie said...

What a sweet, warm story. Sigh...

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Donna, that was one of the sweetest little stories I have EVER heard, so precious. Have a great trip!

te_roti said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes Donna. Travel safely to Wisconsin. I love all the puppy photos you have posted. I had tears in my eyes without even reading the story, knowing what it contained. Nothing like kids and puppies to tug at your heart strings. Thinking of all the animals we've had over the years always warms my heart so I totally understand when you say you still miss Bannor. Hugs my long distance friend.


Linda K. said...

Donna, What a beautiful post and so heart warming. I can't help but say I am jealous that you are returning to our 'home' for a visit. I am tempted to get a ticket and follow behind you! Have an awesome time in Fondy!

ANULAL said...

I have a problem with my eyes, tears well up in them both at my laughter and sorrow....A wonderful story.Thaks for sharing this with us.

downsize said...

Very cute pictures, and wonderful story. It's been that way with several dogs for me. Believe it or not, even a horse once "spoke" to me. I've had over a dozen in my lifetime, but only one that held my heart the way she did.

Christine Edwards said...

Oh, what a sweet story. Thank you for passing along. My pup has more of a groan than a sigh...but you know she's content. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna,
this is the sweetest story I wept as I read it.
thank you for sharing this, safe travels hope you have good weather.

I left you a convo on Etsy ;)


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