September 6th, 2005, 08:37 PM
A year ago I rescued a dog in Ontario named Allie. Allie was the kind of dog that never got adopted or if she did got returned a few days later. She came home with me...a full grown pointer mix with no training at all and multiple health issues. I stumbled across this website one day which helped me deal with all of the behavioural/ medical issues I was having with her. Although I had always had dogs growing up she was the first I had on my own. Through many struggles and over time I realized that I had not rescued Allie, she had rescued me. Allie taught me unconditional love for animals and through all the problems I had with her I became more and more interested in dogs and their health/behaviors. One day as I was searching online for potential careers I came upon a vet assistant course. I got overwhelmingly excited about it and applied. I got accepted and a month ago Allie and I packed my car and moved home to NB. When we got here Allie's seperation anxiety worsened and one night as I ran up to the store she broke a window out and went looking for me. I couldnt find her that night and it became the 3 worst days of my life. I searched day and night calling in hopes she would come back. On the third day I got a call from someone here who runs a dog security/boarding kennel/grooming/canine school (exactly what I want to open one day). Someone had found her (swimming in the ocean where I walk her everyday) and dropped her off there. I picked her up within 5 minutes. I went back the next day to thank the guy and when he found out what I was taking in school this fall he offered me a part time job. Now I am working in a kennel and learning behavioural training/agility training for dogs. Within time hopefully Allie will be trained to search and rescue. I started my first day of school today and I know I am going to love it more than anything. Allie was the best thing that ever happened to ME...she helped shape my life into what it needed to be. So I am posting this as a thank you to her for showing me the direction I needed. I am now on the path to open my own shelter one day and help other dogs that will one day be in Allie's situation when no one else will help them.