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I spent this past weekend with sixteen happy people. We weren’t together all at once. I spoke with them sequentially. All sixteen arrived at the RezDawg booth to pick up a dog or puppy they met previously or noticed online. We were swamped from the moment the gates opened and my job evolved organically: keep people in line from getting bored while volunteers who know what they’re doing move things along as quickly as possible.
As a group, the sixteen shared few characteristics. Single men and single women waited with families and friends grouped in twos and threes. They covered the spectrum of age, ethnicity and cultural inclination as well. I chatted with them all and asked many impertinent questions. Inadvertently, I learned what hidden traits these complete strangers had in common. I also learned what traits make a good Rez Dog Rescuer/Adopter. Turns out, they’re the same traits.
Considering how many planners there are in the world, it’s amazing that each of the sixteen fell in love with their Rez Dog upon first sight. Upon learning their prospective Rez Dog’s backstory, they all had the same thought: “This is supposed to be my dog.” It’s as though their Empathy erupted and a Rez-Dog-Shaped-Hole opened in their Soul. Inevitably the hole could only be plugged by THAT dog so they group (individually) set about making that happen. We share a sense of destiny where our Rez Dog is concerned. It was meant to be. (Maybe you’re one of us? Click this link to see if you’re as helpless in the face of an adoptable Rez Dog as the rest of us.)
Eventually, the happy sixteen and I talked Life. Coming as a complete surprise to no one, Rez Dog people share a personal history of second chances, protecting/being underdogs and doing the right thing. One guy wanted a Rez Dog because he once been given a second chance and wanted to clear the karma. One adopter “relates to the poor dogs who were abused” and I got the sense she was telling me more than that. Many Rez Dog people were wounded souls at one point or another but we managed to survive and even thrive. By healing the physical and mental hurts suffered by our dog, there is a really good chance we’re trying to heal ourselves. But we’re smart enough to do the work in an environment of unconditional love and the company of a damn good dog.
Did you know the astrological forecasts online are most accurate for people born in the middle of the time period covering… say, Cancer? People born on the cusp – that is, born near the transition from one sign to another – suffer with less-than-useful astrological data to help plan a successful day. It’s easiest to imagine that Rez Dog people exist on the cusp of society rather than the cusp of time. We are not by-the-book people or we wouldn’t adopt a dog that may have very special needs. Rez Dog people wear the additional responsibilities that come with adopting a Rez Dog like the Badge Of Giving Back that it is.
If you share these traits but are still unsure if you’re a Rez Dog person, try clicking here again.
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