Love Will Find You When You Least Expect It

by Melanie

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11.5.15 - Miracle Sugar1


I didn’t want another dog, not really. My son had gotten a new puppy and I had jokingly said, “Aww…. I want a puppy.” Three days later my son showed up with this tiny, mange mite-infested, emaciated 8-week-old puppy and asked me if I could give it a home.

He said he had persuaded the people who owned her to surrender her to him. She spent her short life so far locked in a cage outside and was often forgotten about.

The first day I gave her a bath, I noticed she was completely white and as she warmed up to us I could see she was extremely sweet. I immediately knew her name was Sugar. It fit her color and her personality.

Little did I know she was all white because the poor baby didn’t have any fur, her mange mites were so bad it took three months of medicine for her fur to grow back in. The first time I fed her that night, her little tummy wasn’t used to food so she couldn’t hold it down. It was a full week before she could eat without throwing up.

The first night, I picked her up and put her on our bed. I didn’t want her to be alone… she had been alone long enough.

Six years later and she is still the love of my life, she is also pretty sure she is the queen of the house. I could not imagine my life without her. I might have thought I didn’t want another dog. But she knew I did, she knew I wanted her. She taught me keeping an open heart leads to wonderful surprises.


Submitted by Tara from Forks, WA