I was 24 years old and living in an apartment when he came into my life as a 6 week old runt, his whole litter abandoned in a dumpster and found by a good friend of mine. She got the rest of the litter adopted out but no one wanted the little fella. He wasn't "strong", he wasn't big and he was darker than the other puppies in the litter. These were all complaints from the potential adopters.
I immediately fell in love. I sat on the ground and he trotted up to me. The distance must have been too great for his little body because once he got to my lap, he nuzzled in, his head on my heart and slept there. Fourteen years later, it was there he crossed the rainbow bridge. In my arms, his head on my heart.
Vinny started my lifelong love of German Shepherds. Over the fourteen years that he was with me (way too short, by the way), I grew a lot, I got married, had a child, got Vinny the yard he needed and loved. Vinny was with me through thick and thin. When our daughter was a baby, he was her protector. When she was a toddler, he was her playmate. As she grew older, he was her confidante.
Vinny is now gone, but his legacy led me to seek out a German Shepherd as my next dog and get involved with dog rescue. Years later, here I am a proud German Shepherd Rescue volunteer. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I've helped place many dogs with families and I've seen the happiness it brought. Every now and then, there is an extra special connection between a human and a dog. Something that is evident very early on. And something that warms my heart, making me appreciate both the dog and the human.
Recently, one of my fellow volunteers sent me pictures from a family who adopted one of her foster dogs. I was so touched by this amzing connection, I just had to post the pictures here. This German Shepherd is very lucky...as is this beautiful baby! This child has found a protector, a playmate and a confidante to be by his side for years to come!
Sutter and Finn
Congratulations to Sutter's new family....they have found their Vinny.