Reuben arrived more than 2 years ago, on a snowy Valentine’s Day. He came as a foster dog, and, at first, it was difficult to recognize him: white instead of grey, as he appeared in his profile picture, shy and disoriented after a long truck journey from Arkansas where he had been rescued from a high kill shelter by an eccentric lady who kept 20 small dogs in her house. I took him to the vet where he was vaccinated and treated for several small chronic problems due to his tough past life. It was clear that he was sick and needed some love and attention . One day our eyes locked and that moment I knew he was going to stay. But it has become increasingly clear that, at the end, he’s been the one who has rescued me and not the other way around! Reuben has brought lots of happiness into my life. Since he arrived I have been able to make very important changes in my life.
He really brings the best out of me. We have been able to develop a wonderful non verbal relationship that is the perfect counterpoint to my stressful job in a hospital. Most importantly, I have been able to appreciate again the small things in life, the little daily routines in a household that often times go unnoticed. Think of it, I have been able to reclaim and live the present.