Losing hope

Published 2:38 pm Friday, May 14, 2010

It was early January when I first met Cane. I was over at Landrum vet checking on two other animals that were under my care. Cane was being treated for low heartworm but was basically there for a little rest till we found room for him. Id read his file, and knowing I was going to stop at the vet, I decided to pay him a visit.

Cane is about 1 to 2 years old and hes a Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix. His family had lost their home and had to move,&bsp; and they could not take him with them. This was a beautiful animal that was much loved and I was anxious to see how he was faring. When I first saw him he was lying in the back of his cage with a forlorn and confused look in his eyes. When I turned toward him, pulling a leash from my pocket, his eyes brightened into a look of hope. We walked and we talked and he instantly stole my heart.

Cane has been with us a little over four months now and I walk him every chance I get, not because he needs it, but because I thoroughly enjoy spending time with him.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

When at the Humane Society I often walk by the cages handing out treats and stopping in to visit with a few of the dogs. I notice the look of hope and love I receive as they sit up and gaze at me. The look of love is always there but after a while the look of hope begins to fade and this tears at my heart as I try to reassure them. This has not happened even once with Cane he keeps his spirits and his hope constantly alive. Hes been with many other dogs that have been adopted before him and Im at a loss for the reason why. Hes such a perfect and beautiful boy, both inside and out.

He reminds me of my prison dog, Slick, who is now Robbie. Canes been taken on the road and he greets each person with the same amount of joy and enthusiasm.&bsp; When put back in his cage, he simply smiles as if to say, Okay, whats next? As an aside, I met with Slick/Robbies owners two weeks ago and they were kind enough to inform me that hes doing wonderfully.

As for Cane, please come and visit him and if you have room in your home and in your heart for my dear friend whom I love immensely, you will experience years of joy for having him in your life. I can promise you this, for every ounce of attention you give to him, you will receive a pound of love.

Thanks for listening.