The new dog is in the back, Michelle texted. His name is Joplin.
I let Lexie, Katin and Emilio out of their kennels and while they danced around and ran down the hall, I went to the back to let out Joplin.
A little grey dog in a little red bandanna, Joplin was confused and a little scared.
I am not supposed to be here, he said.
I know. I said. This is temporary.
He sat on my lap and gave kisses. He sent me mental pictures of a nubbly wool couch, and the soft hands of a woman.
I don’t live in a cage. And I like these dogs, but I live in a house.
I know. I said. I know.
I volunteer for Dog Loco Rescue.
Dogs from a California shelter take a ride up to Portland, Oregon. Lori Stewart Corey and her volunteer staff care for these pooches until the right home is found.
These pooches know that they are dry and warm and fed. They get groomed and loved on. But still, if you’re used to a nubbly wool couch and a specific pair of soft hands, the shelter experience (even at really nice shelter) is weird.
So, the best thing that I can do, as an animal communicator is listen. And give context where I can.
There are people who are looking for a home for you. And I don’t know who you’re going to live with, but I know that they will be nice. It won’t be the home that you were in before, but it will be good.
He sighed, looked in my eyes, looked down at the crook of my elbow and licked it.
Then he got off my lap and wrestled Emilio.
That was a week ago.
Last night, I walked into the kennel, and Joplin was still there.
How are you doing?
I’m good. Did they find me a home yet?
Not that I know of. But I know they are still looking. You doing okay here?
Yes. Everybody is nice here. Do you think it’s going to take a long time?
What is a long time to you? I asked.
He showed me the sun setting and coming up, and trees turning from green to orange. He showed me a hot panting dog, and then a dog hiding from the rain. It seemed like a long time.
No, I said, I think it will be a shortish time.
I showed him dogs coming to play and dogs going home (they stay at a Lexi-Dog Doggie Daycare). I showed the sun going down and coming up, and the dogs coming back and playing again. I showed that a few more times. I showed the weekend, when volunteers come in and walk the dogs, and play with them. I showed a few more weekends.
I said, I bet it’ll take about 3 weeks or so. Maybe longer. Do you know what a week is?
He ran after a toy I tossed, and brought it back. He rolled on the floor and let Emilio jump on him.
It’s so good to see him feeling peaceful and hopeful, and just hanging out waiting for his new home!
PS- My last online Intuitive Animal Communication Course registration is going live tomorrow. Do you volunteer with animals? I’m going to have a special offer for you!