Friday, 26 August 2016

Fleabag Friday | Beau & Amber

Today's Fleabag Friday is by Alyssa DeBella from The Wise Willow. As soon as I saw the pictures I was in love. Wouldn't it be good to have a big blogger pet meet up? Haha well anyway, meed Beau and Amber
Beau (lighter colour) & Amber (darker colour)
Beau (lighter colour) & Amber (darker colour)
The Art of Pawsitivity: Life Lessons I Learned from my Dogs

Dogs have always been a welcome presence in my life, with their unwavering love overpowering all of life’s problems. When I was six years old, I was attacked by two large dogs outside of my home. Though I wasn’t physically injured (besides bruising from my fall), my love for dogs was replaced by a fear of them. I would run away from any dog who approached, no matter its size or demeanour.

A few years later, we wandered into the local shelter in hopes that we would find a dog who could help me move past my fear. There, we met one of the most gentle souls I’ve encountered in my life. Max entered our lives at the age of three, and transformed my fear into love and admiration. From the moment I met him (while standing fearfully on top of the bench and out of reach), he carried himself with a gentle and kind energy. Max always appreciated the little things in life (the crunchy kibble squares in his Pedigree dog food, a soft blanket in front of a toasty fireplace, and the joy of trekking through the snow banks in our backyard).

Max passed away in 2009, after living a long life of ten years. He inspired me to always look on the bright side, because even in his last few months he was joyful. He gave me the courage to bring dogs into my life, and I will be forever grateful for his gentle and loving presence.
Amber
Amber
Amber, a crazy and goofy Australian Shepherd mix, came into my life in December of 2009. She was a 10 month old bundle of crazy, with a gentle heart and need for love. Amber taught me how to cope with grief, and appreciate Max’s gifts while also being able to bring another dog into my life. Her sassy and loopy nature taught me that sometimes being silly and having fun is the best option. Though I would often physically tire of keeping up with her cheetah-like sprints around the backyard (while she played keep-away with her favourite toys), I was always mentally energised by her positivity and spirit. Though she is now seven years old, she still possesses boundless energy, love, and personality.

After having Amber for a few months, it was clear that she wanted a companion. Her endless energy and zeal for life was well-suited for adding another dog to the family. While we had never adopted more than one dog at a time, we returned to the shelter to find her a friend.
Beau
Beau
Beau, a silly Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix, became the second dog to grace our home. He was five years old when we adopted him from the shelter, with a history of living on the streets and scars to show for it. It took longer for Beau to warm up to our family, but his trust and loyalty are his best qualities. At eleven, he is now a very affectionate dog who will never be seen without at least one (but usually two) toys in his mouth. Beau taught me that it is possible to move on from the past, and to start a new journey.
Car ride!
Car ride!
Relaxing
Relaxing
Having dogs in my life has taught me how to stay positive in all situations, as their endless joy and love inspires me to do the same. When I look at life circumstances through a dog’s perspective, there are always positive moments to be found; the little things are always treasured, and life becomes even brighter.

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Helen x 


5 comments:

  1. This is such a moving and beautiful post x I love dogs too, they really do bring so much positivity to our lives.

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  2. lovely post- we have Lizzie a rescued dog who was abandoned in a layby after what was obviously a life of being bred from and tied up. she had rope burns and physical and emotional scars and would not lift her head up. Now she is a happy dog and loves us so much as we love her . Dogs bring something special into a family and are so calming

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  3. Beautiful post my favorite breed is rescue. Dogs give us the unconditional love we are not worthy of recieving

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