Last October we sadly said goodbye to our beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback Shakarri. He was eleven years old. I swore I would not ever get another pet ever again. I was surprised at how much my heart has ached since he left us. I just can’t seem to shake it. My depression was getting the better of me. Finally on March 10th, it was a Saturday, I was in a deep state of sadness and I told my boyfriend that if I saw a Rhodesian puppy that day I would take him on the spot. My boyfriend was very surprised at the statement because I swore never again.
On March 10th, 2018 I decided to go online and look for a Rhodesian puppy. I found a woman who has spent the last 50 years raising, breeding and showing Rhodesian Ridgebacks. She has studied them and loved them deep in her soul and it has been her life’s passion to share these beauties with the world. I decided to call her but she didn’t answer and then I texted her but I didn’t get any response. Two days later I was finally able to get hold of her. When I told her how heartbroken I was and how I needed a Rhodesian puppy she immediately said “I have one for you. He was just born on March 10th”. I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe that things happen at specific times and for specific reasons. I believe that the Universe puts all the pieces together for us if we are willing to be open to receive.
On May 12th, 2018 we brought home our new baby and his name is Shadow. The name is so very fitting because I cannot take a step without tripping over him. Here I am at the age of 57 and raising another baby. Puppies are babies in every sense of the word. They require complete attention and awareness and they rely on us to meet their needs. I’ve taken on this responsibility willingly with open arms and heart. Once again this is a true exercise in living in the moment with complete awareness and love. These are the things that I have always strived for. The true gifts in life are within the here and now. This moment is the only thing we truly own and I am embracing this moment with my new puppy. Once again in life I have the opportunity to practice my experiences of patience, love and kindness and grow with this little guy. This little puppy will open me to new joy and new lessons that I can learn from each day. I’m already experiencing them by being able to just let everything go, the housework and the routine to nourish this sweet precious little soul.
I am grateful today for all the new challenges Shadow will bring. I look forward to sharing our growth with all of you.