Candy's New Adventure
From Riches to Rags and Back Again
Hi, my name is Candy. I am an eight year old beagle with a story that I would like to share. I have learned how quickly life can become topsy turvy and I think it will be helpful for people to know this story from a canine’s point of view.
For a long time, I lived with my owner, Nan and lots of kitties. We lived in a little house and I was happy. Then Nan got hurt and she couldn’t go to work anymore, but I liked it because she stayed at home with me all day. I later learned that having Nan at home all day with us was not so good after all, because she couldn’t afford to pay her bills. What were bills, I wondered. One day Nan was crying because she had to leave her home and we could not go with her. My kitty friends and I were taken away in a big truck and we were very upset. I don’t know what happened to my friends, but I was placed in a cage all by myself. That cage felt very scary and I couldn’t stop shaking. I really, really hoped this was not going to be my new home.
One day a lady came to my cage and petted me and I really liked her, but she left and I was all alone again. I really hoped she might take me away with her. Now, my heart was very sad because it felt like no one loved me anymore. I wanted to go back home so badly, but Nan was gone forever.
Then one day, the lady who came by and petted me, came back and said, “Hi Candy, you are going with me.” It was a great day, that day! She had another very big, old doggie at her home and he was nice to me, but he was too old to play. She tried to get me to eat doggie food, but Nan gave me people food and it tasted much better, so I didn’t eat it. She called me a chubby tubby and said I had to learn to eat doggie food-yuck. I thought maybe this was my new home and I was happy, but after only two sleepovers, she packed me into the car and we went for a long ride. I didn’t mind, because I love to ride. We drove for a long time to another house with grown-ups and children and another doggie. He was little like me, and he loved to run all around the house barking, so I tagged along with him and we had fun. I liked this house and the people who lived there too. It was a special night at this new house, because they were having a birthday dance party for the boy and girl who lived there and I learned that was why we were there-a birthday party!! The other doggie and I had to stay in another room, but that didn’t matter because lots of young people came in to play with us. It was my very first party! The next day, we got in the car again and visited two other big doggies and their owners on a farm. I had never seen a farm before. When I was exploring, two really big animals came over to see me. They were called horses. It was a little scary at first, but they just sniffed me and went back into the barn. I went back to my exploring, because there was a lot to see and do in such a big space. I liked it there too, because they gave me treats and their doggies were nice to me and I could explore forever. This home seemed like a good place to live too, but we were just visiting. It was a lot of fun meeting new people and new animals, but I still didn’t know where I lived. Was the lady who got me from the big cage my new owner or maybe the house with the dance party? When we returned to the dance party house, I was tired, but hungry, so finally I ate some doggie food and it wasn’t so bad, but not as good as Nan’s people food.
We had another sleepover and this morning when we woke up, I got to go for a ride to another lady’s house. She had a doggie with spots that played with me a little. She had her own doggie door and could go outside whenever she wanted. I loved her door and her owner, and thought this is a nice place. Maybe this is my new home. The lady who rescued me from the cage had to leave and I was sad, but the spotted doggie and I took a long nap with her owner, and when we awoke, two new people came to visit and they played with me a long time. They said to me, “We are your new family”. They put a new collar on me and I got very excited, because I love to go for rides. Just as we were about to leave, the lady who took me from the big, lonely cage called on the phone to make sure I was ok. She and her old doggie were nice to me and I hope they are ok too. So, off I go to my new life with my new family.
For a long time, I lived with Nan and I still love her. I hope she is ok. Now I am going to live with another family. They have another beagle just like me and two kitties. They even have a doggie door! I am going on another new adventure, and now that I’m not scared anymore, it will be fun to see what happens next. A lot of nice people helped me find my new home. I hope other doggies that live in those scary cages find nice people to help them find new homes too, for no animal deserves to lose its family. We just want to love and be loved!