Rita T. shares the story of how she rescued and ended up adopting her angel, Gabriel:
Gabriel, my special angel. One spring morning, 2011, I was working in the garden at FaithCreek Church. I heard a dog bark at me. I looked up and there was a beautiful Collie on the dock of a school administrative building next door. I spoke to him and went on about my business. He barked again, and I told him to stop barking and again went about my business. The next thing I know, he came over to see me. He approached slowly and cautiously. I petted him and I guess he decided I was okay. He stayed by me. So I decided I needed to walk him back over to the building to see if someone was there. I tried twice and could not find anyone.
Although this dog was matted and pretty disheveled, I knew he was a purebred Collie, so I rushed him to my vet’s office, since they were approaching closing time, to see if he had a microchip. No luck; no chip. I checked the local shelters, advertised in the paper and put a sign in front of the church. I had no intention of keeping this dog – I worked 10+ hours a day and didn’t have time for a dog. I had always said, I would get a dog when I retired, but had no immediate plans of retiring.
With his matted fur, and who knows what else, I needed to get him groomed. To do so, I had to get his shots, etc. and pleaded with the groomer not to cut his hair, if at all possible. (he only bit her twice!). So, I had found this beautiful creature, that I was trying to find a good owner for – I was being rather picky though. He was so sweet and loving, and smart, it was hard not to fall in love with him. So he became my babe, and I retired. I named him Gabriel because he was truly an angel, and after all he did find me at the church. My angel went to doggie heaven after being with me for only one and one half years – it seems like he had been part of my life for much longer. I could no longer remember my life before he entered it. I was so blessed that he found me that fateful Saturday morning in 2011. My heart still aches over the loss of my baby, but I was blessed every minute of his presence with me. He was truly a Godsend, an angel whom I can’t wait to see again, along with my other beloved pets!
Thank you for sharing angel Gabriel’s special story with us, Rita.
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