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Willow was a stray dog that came into the Humane Society of Yuma in October of 2015. She
had several mammary tumors and needed immediate medical attention. The wonderful people at HSOY got Willow through surgery and on the road to recovery. A couple months later Willow was lucky enough to catch a ride on the Rescue Express and come up to Phoenix as the smallest Golden Retriever mix in history of Arizona Golden Retriever Connection. Since Willow was not really a Golden Retriever, we had a difficult time finding a foster for her so I decided she was welcome to stay with me. Well, sometimes an unexpected love comes into your life and you are changed forever. It was truly fate that Willow, the little dog that I could not find a foster for, came into my life. It was love at first sight for both of us and she was meant to be my little girl.
Life is full of surprises. Willow came into my life at a time when I wasn’t even aware how much I needed her. This little rescue dog brought a happiness that I hadn’t experienced in a long time and made my life complete. Many of us think we are doing a good deed when we rescue a pet, but truthfully, that pet is more than likely to rescue us in one way or another.
Everyone seemed to fall in love with Willow wherever we went. She gets so much attention and people are just drawn to her sweet little face. I have never seen anyone or anything bring reactions to people like Willow does. She truly radiates happiness and can’t help but make everyone around her smile. This gave me an idea. What better way to spread her happiness and give back to others than with doing therapy work. We proceeded with our testing to become a registered pet therapy team and passed with flying colors. We now visit two assisted living/nursing home facilities, volunteer with Hospice of the Valley, Companion Animal Association of Arizona and Gabriel’s Angels. We also participate in a children’s reading program at an elementary school and Willow is a regular visitor at my law office and greets many clients during stressful times. Who would have ever guessed that this throw away street dog from Yuma would end up being a therapy dog extraordinaire and giving back to so many others in need. Willow has brought so much joy and happiness to my life and it is my gift to be able to share her and give back to others. One of my favorite quotes is “Be the reason somebody smiles today” and Willow lives true to this every single day.
My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who was a part of bringing Willow into my life. Adopting an
unknown shelter dog has proven to be a rewarding and life changing experience. I didn’t rescue Willow the day she got off the Rescue Express, she rescued me.