I was with my father when I got the call – the call I’d been waiting for for the past 18 days! Oh my, oh my. Tears of joy flowed. I couldn’t breathe between the words I was trying to get out. All I could say, over and over again, was “oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!”
“What, what, what???? oh my god, WHAT???!!!” my dad yelled.
I put the nice woman on speaker phone, so my dad could hear, and so she could then hear the two of us exclaim together,
‘oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!!!!” The woman must have thought we were crazy.
Connie, the caller and her boyfriend, found Dan Dan the Man Man on January 1st, lying in the middle of the street 1 1/2 miles away from our helper’s home. They pulled up slowly, opened the door, and invited him into the car. Danny happily jumped in.
Connie said he was shaking, but warmed up to them quickly. They brought him home and before long, he was best friends with their two dogs. They decided to name this black and white, short legged, ball of fur, ‘Yogi’, because they thought he looked like a little bear. She said she would have looked for the owner sooner, but she admitted she was hoping Yogi didn’t belong to anyone. Connie came down with the flu shortly after finding Yogi, and since Dirt Ball Danny, aka Daniel J. Dog, aka Danny Boy, aka Yogi, is so good at giving love, she found herself falling in love with this little guy. It wasn’t until she was well enough to return to work that she felt the need to find his owner. Clearly this dog is loved, and his owner must be missing him, she thought.
And that’s when she saw the online posters that Chris and I had posted. Connie wanted to make sure I indeed was the owner, secretly hoping that I wasn’t.
“Tell me something about his teeth,” she asked.
“well, they’re very crooked, and his lower teeth stick out,” I said.
“yup. That’s right… What does he do before you feed him?,” she continued to probe.
“He sits. and then right before you put the bowl down, he twirls around in circles,” I managed to squeak from deep within, remembering how sweet he is, and how much he loves to eat. “And when he goes down stairs, he swings his rear legs to the right as if clicking his heels in pure joy,” I went on, as the memories of happy Danny and the Wizard of Oz and the Yellow Brick Road blended together.
“oh my gosh! I think I DO have Danny!” she exclaimed.
We arranged to meet in the Ralph’s parking lot.
Our reunion was pure bliss. I buried my face into his fur, and he buried his nose into my chest. And I cried giant tears of relief, disbelief, gratitude and joy, while his tail wagged vigorous swings of love.
I’ve learned so much over the past 18 days. Don’t ever give up; there are so many beautiful people who care and want to help. I’ve met the most wonderful people on this journey. Thank goodness for the internet.
Everyone needs love. So maybe Danny was meant to spread a little love this year. He was a little blessing to Connie at the start of the new year. And Connie was a little blessing in his and in mine. He helped Connie get over the flu for a couple of weeks, and now he’s back sharing his love with me.
Perhaps the greatest lesson is never take love for granted. It’s so easy to go about my day, never pausing to express my love for the people, and creatures, in my life. From now on, no matter how busy I can get, I’m going to take the time to notice all the little things that makes someone precious and to express my love and gratitude. It may be with a smile, a hug, a kiss, a phone call, a text – I’m going to use my words, and tell that person or dog, ‘I love you’.