Earlier this week, I got an email from Bunny’s adoption group. Most of Bunny’s family was adopted through the same adoption group. Her mother was there at the same time Bunny was and was chosen for adoption the same day we chose Bunny. I even met her there before I met Bunny. Most of Bunny’s littermates were adopted through the group, too. I know of one who went to the East coast and I believe one of her other sisters was adopted by another group in Chicago. I feel pretty lucky that it worked out this way, because it allows us to keep track of her siblings and meet them.
It’s odd, but I know that several of her siblings healed people’s hearts when they were adopted just like Bunny healed mine. One family adopted a Greyhound who passed away just after they adopted her from complications of her spay surgery and they went back and chose Bunny’s sister.
I’ve enjoyed hearing about how things have turned out for her siblings and seeing how they look. I know it’s illogical, but it makes me happy to know that the rest of her siblings are living happy lives. I doubt Bunny worries about things like that, but it makes me feel better all the same. When her sister was rescued from the hoarder, I wanted more than anything to be able to adopt her, but it wasn’t in the cards.
She was the only dog from the litter to face any kind of adversity, though, until recently. The email I got earlier this week was letting me know that Bunny’s brother was returned to the group. After seven years of companionship, his adopter was returning him because he’s getting married in September and his bride to be doesn’t like dogs. I’ll refrain from saying what I think about that, because this is a family blog. I feel badly for any dog who gets adopted and then returned, but a senior dog who’s been doing everything right and then suddenly finds itself homeless is especially hard to stomach.
Fortunately, Buddha has found an unexpected happy ending. The day he was returned, another adopter was waiting for him and took him home to live with three other Greyhounds. His new human is retired and there’s a lovely fenced in back yard for him. Buddha won’t want for anything and might be better off than he was before. I saw a picture of him in his new back yard and I recognized that happy face immediately, because he looks so much like Bunny. As a matter of fact, Mr. Taleteller thought it was Bunny until I told him the story.
At first, I was just angry when I heard the story, but the more I mulled it over, the more of a silver lining I began to see. Few senior dogs are lucky enough to have someone learn their story and be waiting to take them home after they are returned. When something bad happens to us, and we all get rained on sometimes, nobody knows what’s around the corner. It’s hard to keep your spirits up when the unexpected happens, but things do get better. Usually, not as quickly as they did for Buddha, but they do improve if you can hold on and wait it out. Sometimes, things really do work out for the best. We’re wishing Buddha many more happy years in his new home.