Meet our stray dog Shadow. He was rescued from the streets. It’s apparently true that love is blind. I saw this photo of Shadow on petfinder.com and I thought he was cute. I showed the photo to MacGyver, who had relentlessly been begging for a dog, and he was quick to decide, “That looks like a good dog.” So the family jumped into the car and drove an hour to meet and adopt Shadow.
We adopted Shadow about two weeks before my trip to Cambodia. When my little family greeted me at the airport upon my return trip from Cambodia, I ran and tackled them right there in the airport like a scene from a movie. During our kiss and hug breakfast, the news was broken to me that Shadow was at the Vet suffering from Kidney damage.
Over the next few days, Shadow spent his days at the vet receiving an IV treatment and spent his nights back at home with us. Finally, the vet advised us we would need to make a decision the next day. We knew what that meant. As the parents, we knew the next day would be heartbreaking.That night MacGyver held Shadow in his arms and sang to him, “You are my sunshine. My only sunshine. You make me happy when ‘days’ are gray.” This kid just about made me have a nervous breakdown on the spot. He didn’t even know the whole story!
The next morning, Joyce picked-up the children to spare them from the trip to the vet. Now be prepared to witness a miracle! Shadow woke-up and ran around all frisky as if he was saying, “Hey, look at me! I’m feeling great and loving life!” This dog was about to make me have a nervous breakdown on the spot. I wasn’t sure what was going on. The vet did all the blood work and announced that Shadow’s kidneys were showing improvement. He suggested we test again in two weeks and then make a decision.
Shadow has been a member of our family for a year now. He eats food that cost as much as a bag of gold, but other than that you’d never know he had a near death experience. I guess when he saw the bright light on the other side, he heard MacGyver singing, “You are my sunshine” and he came back to us!
Now Shadow uses every inch of our big back yard to run, play, chase squirrels and dig.(The digging and eating my plants thing is a sore subject between Shadow and me, but now is not the time or place to vent!) This photo was taken by MacGyver. He is always taking photos of Shadow. But they’re always blurry because Shadow is always on the move.
Shadow is wild, crazy and a free spirit. So he fits in perfect with our children. All three of them are struggling to see who will be the leader of the pack.
In honor of all of the stray dogs rescued from our streets . . .
We’re giving away one copy of The Stray Dog by Marc Simont.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Do you have a pet? Share with us! Anything about your pet. Or just say “hey” we’re flexible!
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, June 6, 2010
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, June 7, 2010, at 12:00 pm Central Time. Check back it might be you!
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. You are welcome to leave a comment. We read all of your messages!
Just a few more books you’ll want to check-out:
Just like MacGyver, Bertie is desperate for a dog. A blue dog! My kids love this story!
If you’ve ever loved a pet this one will make you cry. I’ve loved and have had to say goodbye to some dear pets. This book is a tear jerker for me!
This little Mutt Dog reminds our family so much of Shadow. Look at that sweet face. It’s irresistible. Bless all of the people who give stray pets homes!
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