Casey and I had been dating a month when we decided to go to Petco one Saturday to hold the puppies brought by Proverbs 12 10 Animal Rescue during their weekly Adoption Event. Instead, very unexpectedly and with little convincing necessary, we left that day with our 12-year-old Corgi mix with arthritis and a thyroid disorder, Sasha. About 6 months later, we took Casey's parents to Petco, again "just to look," and surprised Sasha with a beagle friend, Cutie. Sasha is fiercely loyal to both of us, barking at every stranger, baby, and falling leaf that dares exist in case it brings danger our way. Cutie is everyone's friend and has a love for Casey that rivals even my own. She sits by his side at all times trying to catch his eye and literally walks on top of me to get to him if I mistakenly think I can sit between them. We couldn't imagine life or our relationship without them.
That is why it is heartbreaking to think of their lives before Proverbs, and us. Sasha thought she was beloved by a family but was abandoned when she became older and slower. I can't imagine her fading hope that they would someday return and how scary that transition was for her. Cutie was abandoned in a field and was found wandering in Dickson, TN. To this day she's terrified of storms and won't go near water or bridges. I'm so grateful Proverbs found them and introduced us.
The volunteers at Proverbs are angels. They've camped out to catch strays, crawled under basements to reach puppies, and once even rescued a truck full of transport animals in metal cages with no water on the back of a truck in 90-degree heat. They use every donated penny to provide medical care for their rescues and fostered animals, stepping in when literally no other shelters would.
Casey and I are lucky in so many ways. We are excited to start a life together and are blessed to already have so many of the items we need to make a house our home. We are so grateful to have friends and family who want to support and celebrate with us and would consider a donation to Proverbs 12 10 Animal Rescue an incredible gift honoring our relationship and the nonprofit that helped us start our family. Thank you for reading and considering!
Sarah and Casey (and Sasha and Cutie!)