Everyone—humans and animals alike—has instincts. Animals are able to intuitively hone right in on them. As humans, our thoughts often get in the way, and trusting ourselves is an ability that takes time to develop. But when we do begin to listen to our inner guide and take inspired action, amazing things happen.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to tune in to my “knowingness” and follow my gut on a dog my family saw on Petfinder. After fostering a few dogs who were sweet souls but not the right fit for us, we remained on the hunt for a little dog to join our family. My kids would scour photos and descriptions of adoptable dogs, and each time our answer was no. I kept assuring them that the perfect dog would appear, and to be patient. They accused me and my husband of being too picky and couldn’t understand why we kept passing on their potential candidates. I couldn’t really explain it either, but none felt “right.”
One day after school my daughter Mallory showed me a photo of a dog, and I felt something stir deep inside of me. After she read me the description, I agreed he could be a good fit. That entire evening, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Before I went to bed, I filled out the application and told my husband, “If it’s meant to be, it will work out. If not, he’s not the right dog for us.”
When I woke up I had an email from Foster Pet Outreach in Peoria, and the conversations began. Soon I was communicating with his foster mom, Dominique, and we had an immediate connection. She told me she had tons of applications for him, but for some reason she was drawn to ours. After days of texting back and forth, passing our home visit with flying colors, and praying our current dog Tula would agree with our choice, we all piled in the car and headed south to meet Spencer.
Our instincts were correct, and it was love at first sight for everyone. Within minutes, we knew Spencer was the perfect dog for us, and absolutely worth the wait. We were all thrilled to welcome this tiny, seven-and-a-half-pound bundle of pure love to the family, and we know that he was meant for us.
His presence in our lives has not only brought us joy and smiles, but has also forced me to upgrade my online storage, as the number of photos I take on a daily basis has tripled since his arrival—he is so flipping cute! In the spirit of the photo contest, I have included a few here for you to enjoy. If you like what you see, follow us on Instagram (@TailsPetMagazine) to keep up on our adventures this summer and beyond.
Trust your instincts and you will always be guided to the perfect person, animal, or experience at the perfect time—
Janice Brown Gork