Wild and Beautiful

I ordered Rudbeckia for a drift with grasses, variegated iris, purple aster, and ‘Purple Emperor’ sedum.
It was supposed to be a deep gold with full petals and a deep black center.

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As I watch it unfold, it looks more like a wild child –

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all gawky and skinny and twitchy.

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And then it settles into this. Not the perfect flower I envisioned – but beautiful in its own right.

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So it is with Jack – a dog that has been with us a very long time.

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I featured him on a post a year ago. In a place full of golden retrievers, Jack was definitely not one. He’s a bit of a wild child himself around other dogs and while he has benefited greatly from training and the dedication of everyone here, he’s still pretty gawky and skinny and twitchy.

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What Jack lacks in classic looks and dog-to-dog skills, he makes up for in people charm. And this weekend, he was finally recognized for his own special beauty.

I can’t bring you the pictures because the parents have not given permission to share, but I can tell you the story…so get out the tissues.

A young boy, adopted himself, picked Jack from all the other dogs on the website. He and his parents – former adopters – came out together to meet him. Flaws in all, the boy fell in love. He had been working and saving for his dog and had a hard-earned $10 in his pocket for the adoption fee. Now, Jack is a senior dog in need of a very special home. He’s been with us for almost three years waiting for that right opportunity. We would, of course, waive the fee for his chance at a fur-ever home. But this young man has been instilled with great values. He and his parents insisted. So the fee was reduced to $1.00. And do you know what he did? He paid the $1.00 for Jack – and donated the other $9.00 in support of the waiting dogs.

Jack is finally home. The family sent pictures of him playing with his very own boy in his very own backyard. I wish I could show them to you here, but parents’ privacy concerns for their children have to be respected. Suffice to say, there was not a dry eye in the rescue.

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It was a very good weekend. (Thanks to my friend Rob for his wonderful photos of Jack.)

17 comments

  1. Selim

    Jack is one of my favorites, and I’m so thrilled he’s found a loving home. I’ll miss that rascal, and wish home the best!

  2. How wonderful that this senior found his forever home — seniors still have so much love to share, and often teach us more than we realize we need to know. Wonderful interplay of the rudbeckia and Jack’s story šŸ™‚

  3. Always remember that Mother Nature has a will of her own, and that there are good people in the world and happy endings for dogs like Jack. Now my mommy has to go grab a tissue. šŸ˜‰

  4. When I saw that Jack got adopted, I instantly clicked here for the story. Thanks for capturing and telling the tale….So glad Black Jack hit the jackpot with a furever home!

  5. Ogee – you know exactly how to press my waterworks buttons!! I can barely see writing this comment through streams of tears – what a wonderful dog and what a wonderful young man! I was holding things together reasonably well until “Jack is finally home. The family sent pictures of him playing with his very own boy in his very own backyard.” What a wonderful story – I hope the whole world reads it. Thank-you to everyone who cares for these beautiful dogs!

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