I had a moment yesterday. The Puppy Mill Project was at an event, Hiking for Hounds, and I was selling my book, Bark Until Heard. Angie had this great idea that Thorp should pawtagraph books, so I finally got an ink pad, and, for the first time, Thorp was signing books, too.
Later in the day, Christine photographed Thorp signing the book and texted it to me. When I opened it and looked at the photo, my heart melted. It was perfect.
I thought about the picture the whole ride home. I can re-call 7 years ago, March 12, like it was yesterday. The smells, the noise, and the pure heartache remain amazingly vivid for me. I also remember the exact feeling I had in my soul when I decided in an instant that I would rescue Thorp and write a book about him.
I am by no means a religious person. I don’t go to church or read the Bible, but I can attest that the feeling I had that day had to be driven by something much larger than me. I remember sitting in the crappy bleachers, looking around at what seemed like Hell to me, and being overcome with this idea that I could do something to make a difference.
I knew writing the book about Thorp was something I had to do.
It was a difficult road, no doubt. The writing wasn’t always easy, but the entire journey was challenging. Going to two more auctions nearly did me in – emotionally. Being surrounded by broken spirited dogs is beyond gut wrenching. The pain and the anger and helplessness were hard to wrap my head around at times. The fighting and the pleading with legislators took a toll. Every beat of my heart was wrapped up in the emotional roller coaster ride I spent 7 years on. Yet, I never once chose to give-up.
The book is out and the reviews have been great. The last few months have been surreal to say the least. I am still attempting to take it all in.
Seeing Thorp making his paw print under the words “Bark Until Heard” not only made it all very real, but made me realize how important it is to listen to your soul and to have faith in things bigger than yourself.
I certainly didn’t know the extent of the journey when I felt the desire to save Thorp and pursue writing his story. I only knew it had to be done. Now, I find myself at these wonderful dog events being able to share my story and raise the awareness of puppy mills. I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who are volunteering their time to rescue dogs and improve their lives. I get to meet adopters whose lives have been changed by their rescue dogs. I spend time petting dogs of every single kind of breed or combination. My heart is full.
I can’t stop smiling.
It isn’t and it never was about “writing a book.” It has always been about so much more. I am not a life coach, but I just want to encourage others to follow what they feel in their heart, to listen to their soul when it speaks. Have faith and believe in your dreams because not only are they possible, the journey they take you on is far better than you ever imagined.