When it comes to rescue dogs, the phrase ‘we rescued each other’ is about as common as ‘I’ve never felt this way before’ in a new rleationship and ‘I can’t believe how fast time flies’ with children. It would be difficult to find someone with a rescue dog who hasn’t uttered those four words at least at one point in their life because while generic, it’s typically true.
When it comes to Lupin, I don’t think we rescued each other. I think that phrase has the understanding of a balanced connection. My dog rescued me just as much as I rescued my dog. In my case, my dog rescued (and continues to) rescue me way more than I rescued him.
I’ve talked about Lupin’s past here before. He was born into a puppy mill, was rescued by an organization then given to a shelter to find him a home. His life in the mill was undeniably terrible and he has the mental and physical scars to proof it but his rescue from there had nothing to do with me and all to do with luck.
With me he has a home, a bed, never goes hungry and is surrounded by so much love it’s uncontainable but this isn’t unique to me. Lupin is a good dog. Any family that had adopted him would have spoiled him and loved him fiercely. I on the other hand don’t think any other dog would have sufficed for me.
I brought Lupin home about 2 years ago. These past two years (unrelated to him) have been the most difficult and at times, the worst of my life. Now, this isn’t meant to be depressing. I’m slowly (but surly) starting to get my life back together piece by piece and as I reflect on these past two years, I’ve realized that I could not have done it without my dog by my side. The thing is, not a day has gone by that he hasn’t made me smile. Even at my most miserable state of being, he’s been able to make me smile, if only briefly, but that moment serves as a reminder of the good in the world.
It’s hard to feel alone when you have a 40 pound animal curled up next to you in bed, head on your leg as if it was a pillow. It’s difficult to feel like you have no self worth when you come home from a day out or even just a quick trip to the grocery store and you’re greeted with uncontainable excitement. It’s hard to feel like the world is ending, with a head resting lovingly on your knee or a kiss on the cheek after you cry. Through two years where the downs outnumber the ups, I’ve been able to move through every obstacle with my pup by my side.
He’s been my constant companion and consistent source of happiness. While I may have adopted him, it’s undeniable that he was the one who rescued me.