I saved a life today
I saved a life today. I didn't mean to. It just turned out that way. It started out to be a particularly crummy day. My boss required me to make a trip more than 125 miles out of state to do a site visit to another branch of our national company.
She didn't send me to a nice place, she sent me to rural Indiana. I would have liked a trip to California, Sante Fe or New York. Not that there is anything wrong with rural Indiana, but there are many more bright lights and city streets in other more populated areas to visit.
But a funny thing happened on my day in the country. While sitting in a little office, reviewing a pile of files glancing out a window at a drab day with consistent rain, I overheard a colleague on the telephone speaking with a dog breeder.
Once the phone call ended, I confessed to my eavesdropping and asked about the conversation. My colleague reminded me that a beloved pet had died a few months before and the family was now ready to move forward and bring another dog into their home.
She had begun the process of seeking out a new pet. While I talked to her from across a room, I got onto the Internet and logged onto www.Petfinders.com. I asked basic questions such as the ideal dog's age, breed, size and ability to interact with children. My colleague has two (children that is).
Add to that a zip code and geographic radius somebody from the country might be willing to drive and - bingo.
A significant list of adoptable, lovable, already inoculated, microchip tracked, veterinarian checked, dogs appeared.
My colleague and her children loved their previous dog, a beagle, but weren't so crazy about the shedding hair. So yorkshire terrier-poodle type dogs made the list.
I showed her the list while we compared a map with the sites identified. I still don't know where Poland, Indiana, is located.
Shortly thereafter I took my leave of Indiana, headed back to the bright lights and big city of Joliet, just southwest of Chicago.
The next day I got an excited phone call back at my office. Nicole told me that after I left she contacted the email address attached to the Petfinders web entry. The adoption coordinator and she exchanged a number of emails before they switched to telephone conversations. Ultimately, Nicole got the address for the shelter and took what I would have considered a long drive.
Her excited call was to tell me that she had picked up Chamomile, now renamed Molly by Nicole's children. Nicole shared that she was 4 months old, housebroken, crate trained and sweet as could be. She'd received her shots, been microchipped and fit in from the family from the first moment she was carried in through the door.
Molly, who looks like a Yorkshire terrier, is significantly larger than your average Yorkie. And from all appearances, is madly in love with her new family.
So what turned out to be a wasted day driving through rain, woods and over what seemed like endless roads on my way to rural Indiana, turned into an exceptional day.
I saved a life that day.