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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

We love the girls! Our rescue dogs have been with us for three and a half weeks now and are completely at home, sitting on the step right outside the dining room window, waiting to be fed, waiting to be walked, but most of all waiting to be petted. These girls love attention!

They're a mother-daughter pair. The mother is Leda, and the daughter is Elenora (names given by the elderly British founder of the animal rescue organization, Animal Refuge Kansai, one of the first if not the first such establishment in Japan). As I mentioned in my last blog, our girls were part of a big group of strays (34) roaming the mountains of north Kobe, in danger of being rounded up to be taken to the dog pound and certain death, but saved at the last minute when the man who was feeding them heard about the shelter and called for help. We know little about the girls' early life, but the man who was feeding all those dogs must have been a sweet dog-loving soul because our girls love people, and by all accounts about the other dogs in the group, all were affectionate, adoptable, and adorable. We don't know whether Leda (mother) was born in the wild, but we know that daughter Elenora (approximate age of 9) was, as the construction worker was able to give that information. The rescue took place when Elenora was about three years old, and both dogs then spent the next six years at the shelter as roommates, being as cute as they could be in appearance but barking at shelter visitors looking to adopt. When we were led to their kennel one day recently, however, they did not bark but wagged their tails and were excited and happy when we entered their space. It was love at first sight, and we are so amazed and thrilled our girls waited for us until we were able to go get them.

And now they are part of our family and bringing us joy every day. Taking care of them has greatly improved my daughter Kana's spirits. Because I have a busy work schedule at the moment and the dogs are still strong and vigorous and refuse to be walked separately, it would be hard for me to take them by myself with my reduced mobility due to arthritis. Kana must be the one to take them for walks, and she has really fulfilled her duties with energy and enthusiasm. She hopes to work at the shelter herself someday and has been asked to do some translating work for them, from Japanese to English.

Dogs (or cats, if you're a cat lover) are one of God's most precious gifts to humans. I'm grateful for the feeling our new fur balls have brought to me. In fact, I feel like a child again, sitting on the back step watching them play, or throwing their toys to be fetched. We loved our perfect 16-year-old Joey dearly and are still grieving his loss. We know he loved us, too, and tried hard to stay in the world in order to delay our bereavement, but in the end, last year in early September, we all knew it was his time to go. The morning after he died, I found a beautiful purple flower blooming unexpectedly in our garden and saw it as a sign of his love for us and ours for him. And now we think he had something to do with the fact that our girls did not bark at us when we approached their enclosure at the shelter where we had also met him when he was a puppy and brought him home, too. Just as Joey had picked us out all those years ago, our girls welcomed us with excitement and joy, as if we had known each other forever. It was a match made in Heaven, and we are so blessed.

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    Gorgeous furry friendship,
    232 days ago
    Your new friends are lucky to have you. And they will repay you.
    366 days ago
    I'm so glad I peeked in and read this. What a fantastic story! I am sure Joey did leave the purple flower and I bet his angel spirit whispered in Leda and Elenora's ear to just wag tails. Besides being beautiful dogs - just look at what they've brought you.

    Thank you for writing this and thank you for sharing the photo. It started my day with a glowing heart.
    370 days ago
    I was thinking, earlier today, that it's so wonderful that you have them now, to brighten your days. emoticon
    371 days ago
    Super cute doggies!
    384 days ago
    Your new dogs are beautiful and I love the story about them. They are so lucky to have you and your family as their new home. Enjoy them and keep having fun with them. I love dogs and we always had one for years too. Have not been in touch much lately and hope all is well with you. Since July been on a 4 day a week program at my Rec center and have lost 25 pounds too. Tracking all my meals helps much too.
    Take care and God bless you Carolyn. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful blogs and letting us enjoy them so so much. emoticon
    Happy St. Pat's day to you too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    love and hugs, Ei
    p.s. now with the terrible VIRUS going on many things are closed, so we are asked to stay home away from crowds, etc...... emoticon
    395 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/17/2020 8:36:10 AM
    I love, love your story! I am a HUGE animal lover (mainly cats but one day my husband and I would love to adopt a dog). I think y'all are very lucky to have found each other. Thank you for giving a home to your girls.
    402 days ago
    So glad these furbabies are working out for you! emoticon
    407 days ago
    How did I not see this blog? My goodness they are absolutely gorgeous and I'm so happy it has been such a positive experience for your family. I agree, animals are such a blessing and it's clear that they are happy to be where they belong now!
    409 days ago
    They are precious!! I've seen Kana posting pics of them on FB but didn't use the translator key to see what she said :) But, now I know! How lovely that you rescued them both - love that. I'm up to 5 cats now and they are awesome... except when they try to kill me by stopping right in front of me (especially when I'm about to walk down steps)... or when they wake me at 3 am for breakfast... or puke all over the rugs - inches away from tile or hardwood... Anyway, I'm so happy for you guys. I've missed reading your amazing blogs & just hearing from you! My kids were heading to S. Korea on April 1-15 but had to cancel due to the virus. Kyle still loves Japan and wants to move there one day... We'll see! Hope you are well, sweet gal. I've missed you!
    409 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    They are beautiful. So glad they picked you out.
    411 days ago
    They look very happy, enjoy your new companions!
    411 days ago
    They're beautiful. So happy for you.
    412 days ago
    Love that they are now part of your lives and your stories. Our pets are incredible gifts from God. Thanks for sharing your good news!
    413 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Cute dogs
    414 days ago
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    They are so beautiful Carolyn. I am happy for you and your daughter, animals bring such unconditional love and joy. Something we all can use every single day. Love and hugs to you my friend.

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    416 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2020 11:58:14 AM
    Smitten, indeed!!! What a blessed gift for each of you...nothing more healing than LOVE shared. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    418 days ago
    This story (and the photo) has me smiling from ear to ear. Thank you for sharing such light with us and with that beautiful mom and daughter pair. How fortunate the girls were to get your family to be their own. I love reading how Kana is so devoted to them and what they have done for her as well. The smiles and beautiful healthy coats in that photo tell a whole story. Those gals know they are loved!!
    419 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2020 9:26:54 AM
    They're so beautiful! I'm glad your family was able to adopt them! And they you! emoticon emoticon
    420 days ago
    Lovely, beautiful girls!! emoticon
    420 days ago
    I’m so happy for you, Carolyn, and for your family, especially Kana. Your words made me smile! Of course, my smile was not close to S beautiful as those on your precious girls! Hugs!
    420 days ago
    Awww, they're adorable.
    They're so lucky you rescued them, and you're so lucky they waited for you.
    Sounds like the perfect match all around.
    420 days ago
    So precious, and what a heartwarming story. You are blessed to find each other.
    421 days ago
    They look like sweet dogs. I'm happy they found you.
    421 days ago
    Meant to be Carolyn! Thank you for sharing and especially, a huge thank you for rescuing these beautiful dogs!
    421 days ago

    How wonderful ! Such a happy story, I am glad.
    421 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    It's hard to believe those two beautiful dogs were not adopted earlier - they barked? So what? That's what dogs do! But they certainly have found love and a good home with you! Enjoy them, spoil them, love them! So happy for you!
    421 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    This couldn’t be better! I was worried that you might be overwhelmed, but it’s quite the opposite. And it’s everything you hoped for for Kana too. I remember reading about the animal shelter when I was in Kansai about forty years ago. It was quite new then.

    They look adorable!
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    421 days ago
    Those dogs are so cute. It's amazing the remained unadopted for six years?
    422 days ago
    The girls are just adorable. What a lovely story how they chose you - yes, I believe this was no coincidence. Have I ever told you that my son Brandon is the Director of the Shelter in Bemidji, MN. It is in the Northwest part of Minnesota almost to Canada. He gets so many dogs, cats, and a variety of other animals at the shelter and he takes such great care of who adopts them. Every time I see one of those wonderful pets who need a home I want to say ME - I can take him/her. But we already have a 14 year old cat and my dear Daisy who would not like sharing me with anyone else! I agree with you - Pets are certainly God's gift to us. My best days include time watching Daisy as she discovers something new, or picks out her favorite toy for me to play with her, or welcoming me home as if I had been gone for months, not just a couple of hours! I'm so happy to hear that your two girls are bringing such joy to your family!
    422 days ago
    What a wonderful blog. I am SO happy that your new doggie daughters have settled in and are bringing you joy: and SO happy that they have found such a great home!! They are absolutely adorable!!!
    422 days ago
    It's clear from the picture that not only are you and Kana smitten but both those beautiful doggies are smitten as well. Thank you for the beautifully written blog. I'm so happy for you, Kana, Leda and Elenora. You, all four are truly blessed to have found each other.
    422 days ago
    They are SO PRETTY. Just like you and Kana. And mother/daughter--just like you and Kana!!!

    I believe as you do that your sweet Joey touched that plant and those gorgeous girls for you. I believe Sammy did for me with Daisy, too. I'm so happy for your family that you have new little floofs to love and stick your faces in.
    422 days ago
    Adorable. Pets are such a blessing. They have saved me more than once.❤️💕😺😺
    422 days ago
    Wonderful, Carolyn! Dogs give us so much love.
    422 days ago
  • _BABE_
    It is kismet that you found each other. They look adorable.
    422 days ago
    They look so happy.

    422 days ago
    Very sweet! Enjoy them!

    422 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    Such a sweet story!
    422 days ago
    What a story, my heart smiles for all of you. Kismet that you found one another, Joey had to help. Finding their furever home with you is good for all of you. We’ve had furry friends that chose us, and some were led to our family. Powerful when hearts collide...such joy and the purest friendship. Play on, it’s helping your arthritic joints and creating fun, unforgettable moments. Amen!!!
    422 days ago
    Such a heartwarming story. I too believe that our fur babies that leave us behind have a connection to those that come after them. Enjoy your time with these two beauties.
    422 days ago
    Tears flowing. Our precious Miss Lilly chose us, too. Such a love and her paws are firmly wrapped around our hearts!

    HUGS Your Leda and Elenora are beautiful. They are smiling!
    422 days ago
    So exciting and what a blessing all the way around. I am volunteering at our local shelter and the animals are certainly fun to see. Glad your girls waited for you!
    422 days ago
    They are beautiful. So happy they are bringing you so much joy.
    422 days ago
  • EISSA7
    I am so very happy for you, your daughter and the two fur babies that you so lovingly welcomed into your family! I am so glad that everything is positive; your new friends are beautiful!
    422 days ago
    Well, yes, indeed...a match made in heaven!
    How wonderful that you all found each other.
    They are adorable.
    Hearing about Kana stepping up and feeling better makes me happy.
    This whole blog made my heart happy, Carolyn.
    422 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    422 days ago
    So glad to hear that the dogs are settling in so well and that you and Kana are so happy about their presence!
    422 days ago
    Beautiful dogs.
    422 days ago
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