I often tell people who are searching for a dog, that they will "know when the time is right." I have always been amazed at how true those words become for so many people.
Over and over, I get messages from people who are hoping and seeking and being denied or ignored by rescues and shelters they have sent applications to. Some will put in applications for every dog in their area. It is heart wrenching for me to tell people to be patient, relax and keep trying. They don't understand why it is so difficult to become adopters to the "perfect" dog for their family.
There are many reasons why this happens. Others got there before them, they are not the right fit according to the needs of the dog and the rescue will not adopt to them because they are out of state. Telling them that "when the right dog comes along and the right time, it will happen," may seem a bit cliché but it really goes exactly that way.
Here is a note I received this morning that highlights this perfectly:
Hi Lynne, Hope you and everyone are doing fine. You sent me an auto. message about a rescue in Augusta, Ga. named Teddi. I showed my husband and we are going to leave tomorrow from Florida to go see her. I talked to the rescue group and sent in an adoption application in over night mail. This little sweetheart and others were rescued from a puppy mill auction. They are all being seen today and tomorrow by the local vet. I orginally wanted a goldendoodle but when I saw this little one, read the story and talked to the rescue group, we decided to drive up. Leaving my 2 kitties home in the care of a great friend (who will spend the night in our home with them) we are going to see Teddi who is only 4 hrs. away from our home in N.C. The lady whom I spoke to couldn't believe we were going to drive 8 1/2 hrs. up to see Teddi and her friends. Like you said to me earlier when the right puppy/dog comes along we will know it. There are a lot of other applications put in for Teddi, but if we aren't chosen as her parents there are her friends. We will definately be coming home with one of them. Will keep you posted as to who we bring home. Have a great day - J
This family has been searching for months for their "right" family member. They put in applications but missed out several times until this chance came along and they were open to the possibilities. They took the leap of faith and are willing to "go" for it.
I am sure this family will be coming home with their "perfect" Oodle. They are not so set in a certain type or look of the dog, that they let the RIGHT one slip past them.
Whatever you call it, I am a believer in letting the Universe guide our actions. Some call this "The Secret." If you open yourself up to what you truly want, you might discover that what you really wanted is different but just so "Perfect."