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Divine Intervention?

>> Monday, May 3, 2010

I honestly believe that sometimes things happen for a reason. About a month ago, my sister Julia, lost her beloved Georgia. Georgia was a beautiful Great Pyrenees with a heart as big as Texas...where my sister lives.

Julia was devastated, as we all are when we lose one of our family members. "I probably won't get another dog," Julia said to me. "There will never be another Georgia and cats are easier to take care of anyway."

Julia's cats are terrific. Each of them as their own distinct personality. And honestly Julia was/is right. There will NEVER be another Georgia. Never.

I wanted to help Julia through her grief but I know from my own experiences that you never really get over losing a dog (or cat) that is in your life. Somehow, you resume your normal life but it seems empty for awhile, no matter how full your house is with people or other pets.

After Georgia's death, Julia went to work as usual. I'm not certain of the timeline on this, but it wasn't long after Georgia's death that Julia began to notice a dog that would come into the parking bays where she worked. Julia took Georgia's food to work with her and began to feed and water the stray on a daily basis.

She even went back on weekends and when she couldn't go, she asked someone who worked weekends to cover for her.

It gets better. Julia noticed that the dog was flea infested. She took in the proper medication and applied it to the dog that now greeted her on a daily basis. "She's an odd looking girl," Julia said to me. "Her one ear flops down kind of funny."

"Are you taking her home?" I asked Julia.

"I'm gong to try to find her a home," was Julia's response on a Monday. "Well, maybe I'll take her home on Friday when I get the fleas under control," she went on to say.

On Thursday her story was different when she called. "I brought the dog home with me tonight," Julia said matter of factly.

"Why'd you do that?" I asked. "I thought you weren't going to take her home until you got the fleas under control?"

"She ran after my car when I started to leave last night," Julia said, "What could I do? I brought her home and put her in the tub and gave her a really good flea bath. She's a nice distraction," Julia told me.

I smiled to myself. My sister's nice distraction was not a dog she would have chosen. It was a dog that chose her. Sometimes life's simple that way.

Meet Isabella! She's a happy girl. Isabella is smiling with me!

My sister is terrific, don't you think?


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage May 3, 2010 at 12:46 AM  


She's beaWOOtiful!

AND so is your sister fur rekhognising something was trying to happen fur that reason!

My mom says that daily I think!


Tweedles -- that's me May 3, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

Oh my gosh
This means that Isabella picked Julie, because she knew Julie was hurting.
Georgia sent Isabella to Julie and said "don't give up on her. You can love her just as I did."
That is what happened, and Julie has a huge heart. Someday she will know what happened.
Someday she will know Georgia sent her.
yup that is what I see through my eyes.
What a loving Isabella

Jan Mader May 3, 2010 at 12:55 AM  

Okay just made me cry. You are so right. Georgia knew what she was doing....

katie, Maizey and Magnus May 3, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

What a wonderful story! And Isabella is a gorgeous girl. I know both my girls played a huge part in helping me move on from lost pups. The ones we lose are never replaced, but the ones that move on with us do help ease the pain. I hope she is a comfort to your sister after her loss. THX for sharing this!

CATachresis May 3, 2010 at 4:54 AM  

WOW! Had to read that twice! What a lovely story. I hope Julia and Isabella have many happy years together :>)

DJan May 3, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

This is such a sweet story, Jan. I also misted up, seeing Isabella reminded me that the name means "consecrated to God." She is already heaven sent. Thanks for the beautiful reminder that angels are everywhere.

Oklahoma Granny May 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

I personally believe things always happen for a reason. This is just another example. Sounds like Julia has a heart as big as Texas, just like her beloved Georgia.

Two French Bulldogs May 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

ahhh what a nice story
Benny & Lily

Unknown May 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

That is a wonderful story Jan! Sure made me tear up. I am smiling from ear to ear for your sis and Isabella!

kimmterr May 3, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Those are the best kind of pets. I know my Caesar picked me out and it took him about 1 month to convince me. He was the best animal I have ever had, and after 4 yrs I still miss him and I haven't found one to fill his spot either.

Bumpkin Hill May 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

oh what a wonderful story, Isabella will help your sister as much as your sister helps her I am sure. So happy they found each other just when they both needed friendship and love. Catherine x

2cats May 3, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

A story with a happy ending. How sweet to hear. I really needed a happy ending right now.

BeadedTail May 3, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

Isabella is so beautiful and we just love her name! We know she and your sister were meant to find each other! Such a lovely story!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ May 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

These are my very favorite kinds of stories!! I'm also happy that they found one another--Divine intervention--No doubt!!

i May 4, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

This story really warms my heart! So glad Julia and Isabella found each other. Isabella has such a sweet face and look at the contentment on her face!

bbes tribe May 7, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Isbella knew what she was doing when she chose your sister. A great story with a happy ending for all.

Sandy May 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

odd, my previous comment isn't showing up here?

I'm seeing a wine drink Newfoundlander post in my future....gotta ask about that

heading out today, need to get packed

Sailor's Mom May 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

Georgia just knew how to help heal your sister's heart. And by golly, this new dog looks like she has some collie in her!!

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