This morning we brought Isabel's sister to the shelter to meet a dog we met yesterday. Her shelter name is Ellie. She's bubbly, bright eyed, and loves to hug and kiss. We see much of the Isabel in her and felt she would be a young, playful companion for our other girl who loves to romp around. Ellie made it clear, as Isabel did, that we are to be her family, showering us with hugs and kisses as Isabel did all those years ago.
We got them together this morning. They got along fine. Ellie was a little rude early on, but she got shown her place and she accepted it right away. The seal of approval has been given, as it was when Isabel approved her sister.
She will be ready for adoption on Friday. Though a part of us has been torn away, and will never be fully whole, Ellie will be a wonderful addition to the family, and bring with her some of the light that was Isabel, a much needed thing for all of us here.
So, we take some comfort in knowing that as Isabel's spirit now is among us, we are saving a new life. In fact, we are saving three. Ellie was to become a foster dog. Now her foster slot will be open to another dog that can move out of the shelter, opening two kennels for new dogs that just need a chance to find their families. We know this is what Isabel wants.
I also want to say thank you to all of you for your thoughts, prayers, good wishes, emails, and phone calls. It's really meant a lot. Thank you.