Thursday, December 13, 2012

Closure . . .

Four months ago, an amazing, special needs dog named Jupiter touched my life.  I fell for him.  I fell hard.  It was my hope to foster and then adopt him - to be his forever home.  I was very public about this, and was heartbroken when I realized very quickly that what was best for Jupiter would be for him to be somewhere where he did not have to be alone all day - somewhere where there would be people and hopefully another dog to play with.

Jupiter was adopted by a family with a child and another giant breed dog.  The perfect situation for him!  Not a day has gone by that I don't think about him.  For months I wanted to email the foster coordinator and ask how Jupiter was doing, but I just wasn't able to do so until last week.  I finally sent a short email and asked how he was doing with his new family and said that I hoped he had settled in and was doing well.  The coordinator wrote back and said that yes, all was well in Jupiter's world.  :-) 

That Jupiter is loved and is doing well is exactly right and how it should be.  Truthfully, I don't think anyone could love him as much as I did, but you know, I have a biased opinion  :-)

Anyway, I took these photos during the days he was with me.  I haven't been able to share them until now - it was just too painful for me.  But something amazing happened today that seemed to be what I needed to be truly at peace with the decision I made back in August.  I'll tell you in a minute - first, I want to share these photos of my beautiful boy.

For the short time I was his foster mom, I adored him. 

Jupiter 01

I wish this was not out of focus  :-)  The pink on his nose was from a biopsy he had done (it wasn't anything).

Jupiter 03

Crashed out on my sunroom floor - each of those tiles is 12" x 12" - that gives you an idea of his size  :-)

Jupiter 02

Hanging out on his special orthopedic bed I got him, in my kitchen.  Sitting was tough for him because he has hip dysplasia and arthritis - so he was usually standing or lounging  :-)

Jupiter 04

On his last day with me, getting a belly rub from my cousin, ME, in the sunroom.

Jupiter 05

Looking quite ferocious with his lion.

Jupiter 06

Distracted by something out on the deck.

Jupiter 07

And crashed out again  :-)

Jupiter 08

His crate.  It was big.  Really big.

I share this crate photo even though it's out of focus, because this crate is what gave me closure today.  Crazy, huh?  When I returned Jupiter to the foster coordinator, I donated everything I had purchased for him. Since I got that boy everything he could ever want or need it was alot of stuff :-)  I was well on my way to spoiling him rotten, let me tell you  :-)  I donated it all to the shelter.  Everything - bowls, toys, collars, grooming brushes, obedience classes, breed books, his special bed, special food, treats, and his crate. 

Fast forward to today . . .

You may or may not have heard of a dog-fighting ring in the Chicagoland area that was broken up last week.  Seven dogs went to the South Suburban Humane Society where they are being cared for now as they recover.  One of them, Lorenzo, lost an eye and had to have a special surgery.

Today I received this email:

Subject:  Your Love for Jupiter is now helping Lorenzo

"I just wanted to let you know that the crate you got for Jupiter is being put to good use, Lorenzo the dog from the Dolton case with the bad eye is using it to give him a quiet place to recover and enough room to move around in and be comfortable.
Just thought you might want to know that your donations keep helping those in need.
Have a Merry Christmas."
It was all I could do not to cry at the office.  Hell, it's all I can do not to cry now. 
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Oh Jupiter, my beautiful, sweet boy - had I never met you, my life would not be as rich. I was so heartbroken and sad to let you go, and now, knowing that I made the right decision for you, there is so much joy when I think of you. You are happy and loved and have a family and a canine brother to play with.

It is a true Christmas gift for my spirit to know that because Jupiter was in my life for a short time that Lorenzo now has a safe, comfortable, quiet place to rest and heal from his surgery. I hope he heals quickly and well. I hope the same for all the Dolton dogs.

Everything happens for a reason.  Everything.

(Should you wish to help Lorenzo and the other dogs from the Dolton dog fighting case, the link above goes directly to the shelter's main page -  It doesn't matter if you're not local, you can donate online, every dollar helps.)


Linda M said...

thank you so much for providing closure for your distant readers as well. I'm happy for you and for both dogs.

Michelle said...

Echoing Linda . . . and sending a big hug!

Amy said...

I am crying at my niece's dance class. That is the best Christmas present.

candy said...

Thanks for sharing {{{hugs}}}

Kristyn McCain said...

I am a firm believer that everything happens to us for a reason. Sometimes it is hard to know what that reason is but it eventually becomes clear. I am glad this email brought you some closure.

A :-) said...

Thanks you guys - thank you all, very much :-)