Is this the cutest dog in the world or what?  Meet Sophie, the sweetest, tiny little husky I hand picked last summer, who was rescued from a cruel puppy mill by Adopt A Husky (http://www.adoptahusky.com/).  Her first years were spent locked in a crate, so she needed double knee surgery and lots of TLC to be comfortable just walking around.  After months in a loving foster home and then 10 months with us, Sophie accepts people petting her, gives kisses, and gallops around the yard as she wrestles with our other dogs.  She realizes that not all people are cruel.  Sophie decided to be happy, and give life a chance at being a positive experience, even though it was anything but that where she was born and spent her formative years.  I learned a lot from Little Miss Sophia Marie.
 
A week ago today, Sophie unexpectedly passed away.  Jeff discovered a problem last Monday evening.  We took her to two vets on Tuesday, and no one could figure out how to fix what was wrong (she had practically no red blood cells left).  I got home from the Ranch Tuesday night and Jeff said, "Get some coffee; it's going to be a long night.  We're losing her; she probably won't make it till morning."  He was right; at 7 am…she was gone.
 
I'm not really into sad stories, and I don't like to cry – and I've cried plenty over Sophie!  She was supposed to grow old with me.  I share this because even though it's heartbreaking, there's still good in it.  Everyone dies, and Sophie did relatively quickly.  I've seen dogs wither away and it's no fun for them or us.  We were able to provide her a safe and secure environment where she felt safe, and she blossomed.  A negative experience still has some positive in it, and it's our decision if we recognize it, focus on it, and take those lessons away from that experience.  It would be so easy to sulk and say I'll never love again because it hurts too much, and let myself get absorbed by the negative side.  But experience – and life – is like the proverbial glass: it's either half full, or half empty, depending on how you look at it.  I will look at it as half full.
 
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.  It's a choice; a mindset.  Each day is a gift.  We make a decision every morning when we wake up what we will focus on…we have a choice.  What have YOU decided on?  Think about it, please.
 
I'll see you on the dance floor.

Janet Kruse
www.dancewithjanet.com

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  1. As someone who rescues animals also, (horses), I can attest to the miracle that occurs when an animal is shown the love and respect that they deserve. When you see the transformation from a scared and hurting soul to a trusting and loving friend, you know that you have witnessed grace. We must always remember to thank these animals for what they teach us. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Sophie.

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