Meet Bowie

So this is our Bowie.

Isn’t he beautiful?

And yes, he looks a lot like Nanuq and that’s probably what caught my attention first about him.

If you aren’t a dog lover and don’t believe in serendipitous moments, just go on and come back tomorrow for more cute dog pictures. I’m going to use this post to tell his story.

And it’s long. And overly wordy. But it’s me, would you expect anything less?

Last Tuesday night I was getting ready to ride my bike on the trainer in the garage. It was hot and I decided I needed to rig something up for my fan which required the use of a bungee cord. I started digging through boxes in the garage looking for one and I picked up a box of pet stuff, shampoo, brushes, etc. At the bottom, was Nanuq’s collar from when we lived in Indiana. I thought for sure we’d thrown it away years ago. But we hadn’t. I’m not even going to lie, I smelled it and it still smelled like him. I had a good cry, couldn’t find a bungee cord, had to use zip ties instead and got my workout on.

As I was cooling down, I opened up facebook where my friend Jane shared a post about a dog that needed adoption. It wasn’t the dog that caught my eye, but the photography. It was a studio quality photo of a dog in a shelter. So I opened up the link to the facebook page of BH Studios and started scrolling back through her posts. Amy is a super skilled dentist and a very talented photographer who has volunteered her photography skills to help take more appealing photos of dogs and cats in shelters. A good picture makes a world of difference as anyone who has ever scrolled through a shelter’s postings will see.

Anyway, there was a non posed, non proped picture of this sweet Aussie mix. And I was smitten. Here’s what she said:

“The Harris County Shelter reported that neither of these dogs has a rescue or an adoption hold, as of 6pm, tonight. They have been given an extension until Feb 12, COB Thursday, to try to find a rescue/adopter/foster for one or both of them. They are both at the Harris County Shelter in Houston, TX.

Both of these dogs were owner turn-ins. One is considered a Lab mix, the other a Lab/Aussie Shepherd or Border Collie mix. They are about 45 lbs. Both were gentle and shy, at least the first day that they were at the shelter. Age was not determined, but they look relatively young (1-2 yrs. old–not puppies). Heartworm status is unknown.”

I (not going to lie) strongarmed Josh into agreeing to let me visit this guy. I knew he was the dog for us.

Here’s the serendipity of the whole situation. I have a lot of friends that are passionate about saving shelter animals. I have blocked as much of facebook as is possible from seeing these posts from them because it was just too hard for me after we lost Nanuq. Jane’s share got through (although this is less serendipity and more who knows what facebook shows you and why). Then, I had to go back and scroll through old posts on BH Studio’s page to see this. In fact, on my phone, I had to swipe right to see his picture. I was looking for something and didn’t even know it. Then, I occasionally look at our city shelter’s webpage but I have never looked at the county shelter’s page. And this guy was at the county shelter, not the city.

Laugh all you want, scoff, roll your eyes, whatever. But this boy was meant to be a part of our family. And I chose to believe Nanuq had a part to play in all this.

Nothing will every replace you sweet boy, but we’re in good paws again.

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