This year on Mother’s Day will be Joy’s 4th birthday. We adopted her on May 12, 2012, the day before Mother’s Day. In a perfect twist of fate, her first year with us, her birthday and Mother’s Day all collide into one happy day.
I have always been amazed at how all creatures come into our lives and just fit right in. Maybe this is not everyone’s experience. but this is how my life has always been. Joy is no exception. She is as beautiful inside as she is outside. Like Bailey, everywhere I take her, people compliment her on how pretty, cute or beautiful she is. She likes when they call her beautiful, because Joy is truly a diva in every sense of the word. I remember her Grandma Summers telling me that she is a dog that expects you to fluff her pillows! She was NOT joking around. Joy loves to have her head on a soft pillow.
As our first year comes to fruition I am happy and proud that we were able to give this wonderful girl a truly happy home. I think this enters my mind daily since adopting her. When I think of all she went through, first being born into a puppy mill, having her babies stolen from her and then thrown into a pound, I am so thankful that Indian Summers Border Collie Rescue was there for her and that we was there for ISBCR, in return. That is what makes rescue work. Good rescue groups finding good homes. The most important aspect of rescue in my opinion, is finding the right family, so the animal is not returned after being adopted.
Border Collies are not for everyone. In fact, they are not for most people. I think you need a special personality to be able to provide the give back of their boundless energy and need for attention. This is not a sit on the couch kind of dog. Today it has not stopped raining. I welcome the time to actually get some work done uninterrupted except for feedings and out in yard pit stops, but then again there is something amiss about not throwing a few balls after lunch for a little while. On rainy days, Joy relishes in a chance to relax I think. She has just lazed around all day which I think she is enjoying. It’s at least giving her extra-working, extra-jumping Border Collie legs a rest!
Joy continues to live up to her name in every aspect of the word.
May 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Sherri: the good news is that around age 4, some of that “crazy young border collie” energy dissipates — oh they are still plenty of fun — but not so insistent on playing and running. They kinda settle down into a very nice stage! Joy is so photogenic! 🙂
It’s sweet that her birthday and Mother’s Day and her anniversary all coincide! I think finding the right dog is a lot like star-crossed love anyways! Best wishes to all of you (and looking forward to your book!)
May 3, 2013 at 10:41 am
Happy Birthday Princess. Thre is no greater Joy for rescuer, canine or family, then to find the perfect match. This little Joy fits like a glove to her Mom, Sherri. Joy Maddick, what a lovely sound. May the bad memories pass with time as they are lost in the joy of living the life every Pawed Angel should have. Big Birthday Hugs from your Grandma Summers & Your Friends Kernie and Shawn.