The road to pet adoption for us has come in the form of an 10-month-old, 8-pound, white, fluffy, cotton-ball sweetheart of a pup named Luna.
We have long wanted to bring a second dog into our home, but the timing and circumstances weren’t right…until now. Serendipity and lifting up a request to the Universe played a huge hand in gifting Luna to our family, and us to her.
We knew that part of our moving from San Pancho to San Miguel de Allende would include welcoming another dog into our home, and without a doubt, a rescue dog.
Luna and her brother belonged to a family who could, unfortunately, no longer afford to feed them. Thankfully they did the right thing and took them to a veterinarian rather than abandoning them on the street. The vet notified a woman here in SMA who is very involved in dog rescues and fostering, and viola, Luna and The O’Grady Family’s paths crossed!
We have had three fun-filled home day visits with her and tonight is her first sleepover—pillows, blankets, chew toys and all!
Luna is a perfect fit for our family and she reminds us daily of the importance and beauty of staying in the moment and honoring the natural rhythm of the day. Who doesn’t want to take periodic breaks to have their tummy rubbed, lay down for naps, hang out in the garden on a blanket to watch the birds sing and listen to the sounds of Mother Nature?
Thank you Luna, for the gift of you to our family.
I asked my son Liam what was the “best part of and greatest lesson from Luna” thus far. Wide-eyed and pensive he said, “Mama, that anything is possible.”
Yes, son, it is.
Luna represents to our family many things, most of all that of being in a stable and settled enough place again in our lives to be able to welcome an additional member to our family. It is no small commitment, as many of you know, to bring another animal into the home.
It has been an interesting adjustment for Seamus, our 90-pound, 7-year-old chocolate lab. He is wondering what all of this means for him. Is she a friend? Is she a replacement? Is she his competition? Why can Luna sit in Mom’s lap and I can’t? Am I no longer the only reigning furry friend around here? What in the world is going on???
Seamus, you are still the King in my life, but it is time for us to welcome a Queen into our home, and a pint sized one at that. You are a love of a Gentle Giant and I know you will accept Luna into your heart as you do with every other living being you have met, small and large alike. You could never ever be replaced…ever.
Life is changing for Seamus, but for the better. Normally an outside dog based on his size and the fact that our daughter is allergic to dogs, his allowed inside space seems to be expanding and expanding, and I find myself doing more and more sweeping!
Tiny water bowl inside for Luna? Seamus gets one now too…Novelty toys the foster mom brought over for Luna? Seamus’ toys too. Extra attention (yes, more than normal!) for Seamus to equal all of the hugs and kisses Luna is getting? Absolutely! I have become a dog’s slobber toy. Luna’s 8-pound poodle/maltese/bichon kisses are one thing, but I now feel obliged to let Seamus lather me with his big slobbery love more than the normal. For sure I am ready for a good shower at the end of the day! It is a dog’s and kid’s world around here!
Yesterday we went to the pet store and bought Seamus the world’s largest bone….a conciliatory gift of sorts to comfort his questioning heart at this time of transition.
We have every intention of making sure Seamus knows that he is loved like always, and that the addition of Luna to our family only has benefits for him!
We bought Luna her own pack of pint-sized chew bones, but she was more interested in Seamus’ gigantic one!
Luna has and continues to teach us to:
1. Slow down, look at the birds, smell the flowers, study the bugs, take a nap in the sun.
2. Don’t take things too seriously–laugh everyday, be silly, be playful, have fun!
3. Nothing is more important than friendship, communion, community and family.
4. Cultivate and nurture your friendships, value the love in your life.
5. Live in the moment, take it in—it’s your here, your now, and for all you know, all you got.
6. There is always more room in your heart for love and happiness.
Luna is a gift to us on so many levels. I have a distinct feeling that we are to her as well.
Welcome to the family Luna, you are an O’Grady now.
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