Three weeks ago today, on an unfortunate accident, Mako my 6 year old Siberian Husky escaped from home, and we noticed just a couple of hours later. After endless hours, driving around different possible routes, talking to people, calling out his name, posting hundreds of flyers, hundreds of people sharing on Facebook and Twitter, we haven’t found him yet.
Mako is more than a dog or pet to me, he’s a loyal friend, and we’ve been through a lot. This past weeks have been eternally tough for us. We’re still looking for him every day, we’re still receiving calls of people who’ve seen similar dogs around, I drive with my windows down in hope of hearing that beautiful distinct howl. We’re hopeful that perhaps a loving and caring family found him, rescued him, and has fallen in love with him. But we’re still not giving up.
While our search continues, we’ve brought along a new addition to the family to help. He’s not a substitute or replacement, nor is he a way to forget. Ana thought he’d be of great company, and surprised me with him. She was right and I’m so glad she did. We’ve name him Oliver. He’s a beautiful, happy, and intelligent 2 month old Miniature Dachshund. We’ve been together for two weeks now, he’s kept us company, brought us happiness and laughter, has helped make everything less bitter. He’s saved us and I love him so much.
In midst of it all, the people that really care about us have shined. I’ll be eternally grateful for everyone that showed support one way or another. And you, Ana, I love you so much, thank you for holding my hand along the way.
PS: Ana shared with me some helping points for when things don’t go your way. Might help you out some day too.
- Take a step back and evaluate
- Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem
- Realize there are others out there facing this too
- Process your thoughts/emotions
- Acknowledge your thoughts
- Give yourself a break
- Uncover what you’re really upset about
- See this as an obstacle to be overcome
- Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps
- Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)
- Realize the situation can be a lot worse
- Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it
- Pick out the learning points from the encounter
Love you bud.