I have a steady real estate practice. For some reason, I keep attracting dog lovers. Maybe that’s because I am a dog lover myself. I hop in the car with families and their poodles, beagles, hounds and mutts. I take dog biscuits with me to my listing appointments. I carry dog goodies in my glove box.
I have met a hundred or more dogs along the way. This is the story of just one. Her name is Isabella.
Isabella is an exceptional Golden Retriever, but not in the way you might expect. By some measures, Isabella is a mess. She had a real tough start in life. Weaned at Kennel One, shipped to Kennel Two, and then, as luck would have it, sent to Kennel Three, she was showing the affects—she was old beyond her years. The owner of Kennel Two had expected Isabella to finish her championships with ease, and enhance the Kennel's reputation. But Isabella hated riding in the Kennel's van and was timid in the Show Ring (this would not do at all). Kennel Two decided to end Isabella's residency.
Isabella was sold to a Breeder. The Breeder was excited to see Isabella! She didn't give a puppy's wiggle if Isabella had "issues". Travel was not required for her duties there. The Breeder couldn’t care less if Isabella was insecure, socially inept, a bit edgy, a klutz who knocked over pails of water, or that Isabella slunk low around the fenced perimeter of the Kennel yard. She didn't give a hoot, so long as Isabella produced PUPPIES!
By this time, Isabella was almost two, and she still didn't know how to act around the other dogs. She ripped apart any toy she could get into her mouth sending wads of stuffing flying. She poked her nose into the quiet resting spaces of the Champion Goldens and stirred up trouble. She snarled at the younger dogs, and even began to pick fights. A sponge for attention, she learned that causing trouble got her what she needed. To make matters worse, after three attempts, Isabella had failed to produce what she was there for-PUPPIES! That was the last straw for the Breeder. She put the word out in the Dog Community that she had a champion line Golden available for adoption.
As soon as I heard about Isabella, I thought of my client, Sue newly widowed and new to Asheville, who was feeling alone in her cabin by the stream. REALTORS keep an eye out for there clients even after the closing, as we all know, so I called Sue right away, hoping she might consider adopting this dog.
We headed north to meet 'Bella the very next day. It was "love at first sight"! Isabella planted herself by Sue's side and simply wouldn't budge. An exchange of papers and money took place, and then, miracle of miracles, Isabella happily hopped right in the car, minus one "issue". Ah! The healing power of what's just right for you!
I’ve learned a lot from dogs. We two-legged creatures (unlike Isabella) oftentimes choose to hold our "issues" with a firm grasp. Is it that we think that we cannot choose otherwise, or that we think we should try to be better than who we are? Dogs don't relate to themselves as flawed, so why do we?. Maybe we could take a bit of advice from Isabella . . . call it "Dogsight".
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