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My heart was broken. I lost my brother, my job, and we lost our beloved Sadie in 2010. I struggled with the decision of whether to wait before bringing another dog into our house. But, the house was very empty. It doesn’t hurt to look at the various pet websites, does it?

Checking pet websites became my obsession. It was like Sadie was whispering in my ear, “Please give another dog the same love you gave me!” Fate took over when one day when I went to a pet website and up popped a picture of Clancy, a Golden Retriever mix. He was saved from certain death at a kill shelter by the rescue group, Canine Lifeline.

A half hour from the time I emailed the link to my husband and he wrote back “go for him,” Clancy was no longer posted. Another family was interested in Clancy, but was looking for a smaller dog. So, Clancy came to live with us.

The story could end here with a happy ending -- rescued dog with a gentle soul finds a new home. His name is changed to Doogie, and without a doubt, he’s one lucky dog.

Doogie has been my constant companion, my walking buddy, my shoulder to lean on. I believe that “things” come into a person’s life when they are most needed, and that timing is everything. The stars were aligned to bring this dog to me just when I needed him. He may be a rescued dog, but he has certainly rescued me!

This little story is told to thank Sadie for her part in bringing Doogie to us (either real or imaginary; you decide.) And, to thank Canine Lifeline for their role in bringing Doogie home!

Sandy Wolfert
Broadview Heights, OH

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