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I saved a life today

Updated on September 27, 2011
Now named Molly, the newly adopted pup enjoys her first evening of cuddles in her new home.
Now named Molly, the newly adopted pup enjoys her first evening of cuddles in her new home.

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 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.

A few weeks in her new home and Molly is clearly in charge.
A few weeks in her new home and Molly is clearly in charge.


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      Chris 6 years ago from Illinois

      I always feel like a bit of a nag. Whenever I hear a friend or colleague or anyone talking about losing a pet and wanting to get another one, I start talking about adopting. While Rottweilers are my breed of choice, I can usually find a rescue or shelter for that person. I think sometimes folks around me get tired of hearing this from me. But once in a while someone does adopt and that gives me the energy to keep the nagging up. I sponsored an adoptathon here at my office in Joliet Illinois last year and we found homes for 6 kittens. That was reason enough to do it again. Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate knowing I'm not the only one who thinks this way -despite what my husband thinks.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I think it is always a wonderful thing to adopt of pet and give it a new home. Good job!

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      Cat R 6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      You have a better chance of getting a healthy animal from a rescue than from a pet store buying from puppy mills.

      So cool. Congratulations to the success!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is a great good deed that made your own day better as well. Up and more!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      It is great when a simple act of kindness pays in so many ways. An animals life was saved, some children now have a new friend, and you had something to write about.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      naturalsolutions 6 years ago

      You've done an admirable work, helping molly is one of the best thing you do that they, so wonderful ;)

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a lovely story to read and Molly is a very cutey.

      I used most of the comments buttons for this wonderful story

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      Wintermaclen 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I am truly touched by the response this hub generated. That puppy is in a good stable happy home and I am so glad I made that trip. What started out to be a lousy day turned into a great day.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I've personally adopted and cared for two dogs so I know how happy you might be feeling.

      You're an angel :) Continue to shower Molly with affection. I'm sure she'd be a great part of your family.

      BTW, your story just reminded me that there are so many opportunities for us to do great things each day. It's either we seize these opportunities or not :)

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      twodawgs 6 years ago

      Thanks for helping to give Molly a second chance, and giving me something to smile about.

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      reg420 6 years ago from nomadic 1989 Ford Van !!!

      sometimes it goes the other way, my dog saved me.

      I was homeless depressed and broke, ready to call it quits,

      Then about two years ago, a little dog wandered into my life.

      I told him I didn't need a dog,

      but his soft brown eyes said please and thank you at the same time.

      Now I have a reason to live and get up every morning

      and if I don't he has no problem peeing on me to get me up.

      Yet I love my dog, like he loves me unconditionally and forever.

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      tarrka1089 6 years ago from Ohio

      I know from personal experience it's a good feeling. No, I take that back - it's an awesome experience. Well done! [voted up and beautiful]

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Molly is beautiful, and so is your heart!



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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      That is a awesome story! We also adopted our dog through Petfinder, and we are soo happy that we have him. This is an inspirational hub! Thank you!