2006 – It had been 6 months since our Ginger went to the Rainbow Bridge. I wasn’t sure about another dog, but after going to Goldstock, we realized how much we missed having a dog in our lives. It was shortly thereafter that Heartland posted pictures about an 8 year old Golden whose family no longer wanted her. As soon as I saw the photos, I knew where she belonged. And the process for adoption began.

Mel was not without issues. She had been an outside dog her entire life. She was afraid of men with beards. She was afraid of the car. She was even afraid to come inside. She was afraid to connect with humans.

Over the next 9 months, she gradually knew what family love was all about. Maybe for the first time in her life, she had a soft bed to sleep on. When thunderstorms came through, she had someone to hug her and tell her things would be okay. She had someone to go hiking with and explore new places. She finally knew the the touch of a hand could be gentle and loving.

Well, here it is 8-1/2 years later. She has now spent more than half her life with us. At 17, she has slowed down, but is the kindest, most loving dog ever! She still loves going for walks and rolling in the snow. I wouldn’t trade these years for anything! Here’s to you, Mel, and to Heartland for bringing us together!

Thank you, Heartland, for all you do.

Leslie and Nathan

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