It’s been a rough year, hasn’t it? Some of us have lost partners, friends, jobs. Some are grieving lost opportunities or dreams. Maybe loss hasn’t touched you except for the loss of normalcy. It would be rare to find someone who hasn’t been impacted-especially in the last year. Loss can carry with it a physical weight, like a pile of bricks on your chest. Some days the weight is so heavy that it makes you breathless. Other days your weight is a little lighter and you barely notice. If you’re very lucky your weight may go away entirely but depending on your loss...maybe not. With all this loss and grief surrounding us how can I ask you to consider supporting Secondhand Hounds?
I’m asking because animals can be so much more than just pets. They can be the reason to get out of bed in the morning or the reason you can smile after a long day. My husband and I have had our own losses. After three years of infertility and four miscarriages we have lost the picture we had in our minds of the future. It is a heartbreak that we could never have imagined. We were left feeling hopeless, unworthy, and undeserving. It was all compounded by the fact that miscarriage is rarely talked about openly. People didn’t know what to say so most just didn’t say anything.
Luckily, we had Sophie, whom we adopted from Secondhand Hounds in 2015. We had Sophie to pour all our love and energy into. She wakes us up early to eat and is begging for a walk by 6 a.m. Sophie is very active so we always meet our daily step goal-often she will get two walks each day. She loves to roll in the grass, nap in her doghouse, and sleep under the bed if there’s a thunderstorm. We give her love and care and in return she helps mend the hole in our hearts. Sophie lightens the weight of our losses (and the number of small critters in our backyard) To us, she is priceless.
If you say yes and donate, Secondhand Hounds can say yes to animals in need of rescue. If you say yes and donate, you’re not just rescuing an animal-you’re helping to rescue the people who love them.
*Whatever we raise I will match donations up to $500 to SHH and an additional $500 to a local charity.