the friends

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

One of the good foster moms told me that the only way she could cope with the heartbreak of saying goodbye to a child – especially when the child was leaving her to return to a barely stable birth parent – was to quickly welcome another child into her home.

Yesterday my family received two cards in the mail.

One was a sympathy card from our vet and the other was from the Michigan Animal Adoption Network notifying us that our vet had made a donation in Bebe’s honor.

So this morning, of course, I googled the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and read all about fostering dogs.

And now I want to foster one.

Then I clicked on the adoption link and read the profiles of several beagles in foster homes near me who are awaiting permanent families.

And now I want to foster a dog AND adopt Dixie.


This is Dixie.  We haven’t met yet but I think I love her.

I sent a text to both the hub and my daughter… Haven’t heard back from the hub.

The only thing that gives me pause is Maxy.  He might prefer to live out his elderly life in peace and quiet.


This is how Maxy prefers to spend his days.

But he does still love his walks.  And a new friend might make him feel young again…

I’m thinking the Maxers and I could at least go visit Dixie, see how they get along.

And now I’m thinking that donation might have had a threefold purpose:

  1. to honor Bebe
  2. to provide needed funds to a good organization – specifically to provide comfort to suffering dogs through their Animal Care Network.
  3. and to perhaps make the hub and me aware of the organization; to spur us on toward love and good deeds.

There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Thoreau

I’ll keep you posted.





6 thoughts on “There is no remedy for love but to love more.

  1. We adopted our little terrier when our beagle was fifteen years old. We had similar concerns but one of our daughter’s doctors prescribed a dog for specifically for her when her illness presented. Our little terrier brought our beagle great joy…we saw our beagle play more…his tail wagged more throughout the day. He enjoyed several months of happiness with our little terrier. 🙂 Sending lots of love…the loss of a pet can be so challenging…but love how your are passing on the love to another pet.

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  2. Joanne Palumbo says:

    Dixie is very cute, she needs your love! It would be very kind of you to also foster a dog. I was wondering about fostering myself. I’ll let you go first and then you can give me advice on the lessons you learn. lol
    God bless you Julie!

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