Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blue's Christmas Miracle

How many of us try to complete all of our Christmas shopping well before the holidays? For the most part, probably the majority. Unfortunately, I am not that majority.

Having no choice, I had to venture out to the mall yesterday. I tried everything in my power to avoid it, but it was just inevitable. It had to be done.

I knew the dh and I were in trouble when we weren't even out of the car yet and everyone was fighting. There were no parking spots to be found. After driving around for several minutes, we finally found one. As we sat patiently waiting for a man to back out, some young blonde in her compact car flew into the spot, cutting us off. I can usually rein my temper, but I had to admit, my hand was on the latch to the door. It was crazy out there! Tempers were flying, people were pushing, men and women alike were rude... Gheez!

Barely escaping the mall with our sanity, I realize I forgot to buy wrapping paper. Mentally kicking myself and refusing to go back to the chaos of the mall, the dh drives me to our local K-Mart. My poor dh was through with the masses and decided to stay in the car. I grab my son and we go to buy the wrapping paper.

As we're standing in the check-out line, I notice a man standing behind us carrying a blue, fleece blanket. As he turns, a cute little puppy with big, floppy ears pokes his head out. 

"Aww... look how cute," I say, nudging my son.

The man steps closer with his precious little cargo and the dog has the most beautiful, crystal-blue eyes I have ever seen on an animal. Breathtakingly beautiful

"Your son can pet him if he wants to," he says, bending down within reach of my son. "His name is Blue."

As my son pets the dog, I shake my head. "His eyes are amazing. Truly beautiful and an appropriate name for such pretty eyes."

"Thank you. Blue was a rescued animal."

I smile in return. "That was so nice of you. Our dog, Zoe, was rescued as well. Someone dumped her on the doorstep of the shelter the night before we picked her up."

The man harrumphs. "Blue was dumped in a garbage can and we found him a couple of months ago. How can someone do that to an animal?" he asks with disgust.

"I have no idea."

I turn around and was silent the entire time through the check-out. Frankly, I was irritated and my thoughts raced. How terrible are people? Truly. That was horrific. Throwing a puppy in a garbage can... I was dumbfounded at the cruelty. 

Leaving the store, I am holding my son's hand and his voice breaks through my reveries. "Mommy, did that man say that someone threw the puppy in the garbage can?"

As a parent, you try to protect the innocence of your children for as long as you can, but there are some things that you just can't shield them from forever. Some people are just mean and vicious.

"Yes," I reply, shaking my head in disgust.

My son has this amazing ability at his young age to tell when Mommy is upset. He pulls on my hand so I glance down at him and he smiles at me with his blue, innocent eyes. "Don't worry, Mommy. Blue is home... and so is Zoe."

Giving him a warm smile, I sigh. "You're right... Blue is home."

May all of you find your way home safely this holiday season and be surrounded by the ones you love.


  1. We have an adopted shelter cat. Love dogs, too, and we have a cocker spaniel. Great job on Blue.

  2. Thank you for stopping by, Barb. Animals do make the house a home :)

  3. What a sweet, touching story, Victoria. All little creatures deserve care and love and it is difficult to believe the cruelty and uncaringness displayed by some awful people out there. I feel your pain. Anyway, we can be glad of a nice outcome for this little dog. Thanks for a nice story!

  4. Thanks Donna! He was a lucky, little guy.

  5. That brought tears to my eyes, yet people are both cruel and thoughtless. We're had two rescued kitties, unfortunately they are no longer with us. I miss them both.


  6. Janice, thanks for stopping by. At least our animals are in much better places. Just the thought of the garbage can... *shiver*

  7. This post was heartbreakingly wonderful. I can barely type through the tears. All I can say is thank goodness for people like you and Blue's rescuer. If not for folks like you, evil would surely win overrun the earth.

  8. It is amazing to me how people can turn one of the most beautiful holidays we have into madness. We were talking the other day that Christmas just isn't the same as when we were kids. People smiled more then and gave from the heart. We didn't even decorate this year or buy gifts. Our hearts weren't into it. I made my fruitcakes we give to people who have been kind to us and I am making my hubby his special Christmas dessert, but that is it for us. I wish we could get that magic back, but how can we when people don't remember why...maybe it's the Christmas decorations hitting the stores in the summertime and the way people demand gifts and forget why they are giving them.

    WOW - I guess you opened a sore for me. I do wish you a special Christmas joy and hope that more little animals are saved by those special people with big hearts. :)

  9. Victoria, that is so terrible! You hear stories like that all the time, and even about babies too. I just don't understand with the programs available why people choose the cruel route. So sad.... On a lighter note, what a sweetheart your little guy is. It is amazing how in touch with our feelings our children can be. Happy holidays!!

  10. Now that our kids are out on their own, our three cats help keep us in "home" mode. Sounds like you're rearing a thoughtful child, Victoria. Good for you, and good for Blue. Happy Holidays!