Should I Trust Again?


Jamie Cearley, PhDAnimals often get off to a rough start in life. So many cases of abuse, so many puppy mills, so many dogs dumped on the side of the road, so many horses sent to slaughter, mistreated, or “broke” (a term I’ve never quite understood, why would anyone want a broken horse?). Mosie was one of those unfortunate ones who experienced the evil of betrayal, young and up close. For her, to trust was hard, if not impossible, but what choice did she have?

Mosie Pondering 

Taking the usual route home from work, my husband turned down our short rural road on the home stretch to the farm. He was no doubt thinking of the exuberant greeting Sadie, our big hairy black dog, would be giving him soon; a daily ritual she never misses.

Suddenly, something was in the road. Slamming on his brakes, he stopped just before hitting a little yellow puppy. Narrowly missing death, this puppy's luck was about to take a turn from hopeless terror to the kind of life every dog should have. Throwing the SUV into park, he quickly got out, knelt down and called for the little angel. Approximately eight weeks old, skinny and scared, she came running as if it were her last chance at life. Likely it was her last chance, she took it, and jumped into the arms of a man she had never seen before. She clung to a thread of hope on his shoulder the short distance home.

Standing at the end of the hallway, beaming ear to ear, he called for me. I was at the other end of the hall searching on the computer, searching for my purpose in life no doubt, more about that in a minute.

“Look what I found,” he proclaimed.

8/31/2014 9:36:25 PM

Thanks Dave! You are right about some pretty strong body language changes between the first and last pictures. Great observation! She did seem to "Mosie" into my life just in time. Thanks for reading.

8/30/2014 7:45:35 AM

Jamie, life does throw us some curves along the road. Some times they are out right cliffs. The look in Mosie eyes from the first picture and the last pictures really tell it all. What a change in the demeanor. I've gone through several ending of one season of life and the beginning of another. I've never lost a career so I can't specifically say that I've experienced that feeling but I have suffered loss and no what that feels like. It is amazing how animals seem to brighten our day and sooth our temperament during times of challenge. Mosie seem to have come at just the right time. ***** Have a great Mosie relationship building day.

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