Josh is the stray that was likely hit by a car somewhere around the tender age of 4 months old. Broken, hungry, alone, and hurt, he survived. Fast forward 6 months. Josh now naps on the couch, barks for attention and ... limps. A forever reminder of one moment in time. Did tires screech? Was there a thud as his body was flung from in front of the vehicle? Did the driver see him? If so, where was the offer of help? Or was Josh too scared, too much in shock, too untrusting of people to accept that offer? Sadly, it likely wasn't offered. Not then. Help would come, but not until much later.
Jade used to have a home, a family, and even a canine companion. But something changed. Something didn't work out the way anyone wanted. Jade was left at the shelter. She couldn't use her front leg - her paw wouldn't straighten so she could stand on it. She needn't more help than the shelter in Yuma could provide and so she was delivered into the waiting hands of Arizona Golden Retriever Connection as well. In a short period of time, Jade lost her home, her family and her friend. Everyone she loved left her. Fast forward 6 months. Jade is the princess she was intended to be. She found love again. She can use her front leg again, although she limps too. She has a new best friend, Josh.
I like to think that sometimes, at night, when we are all asleep, Jade and Josh "talk." Maybe Josh tells stories from the streets, of searching for food, of the night he was injured. Maybe Jade tells hims about her lost doggie friend and the family that she used to have. I prefer to think they talk about how they were rescued, how happy they are to have found each other, and how excited they are to have their very own family someday soon.