Ruby the Rescue: The Story of a Little Dog with a Big Impact

I can't think of a better way to celebrate National Pet Day,

Than to share the story of the little dog whose resilient spirit and zest for life inspired me to create this blog. About a year ago, my sweet Ruby dog came into my life and changed it for the better, and it's her attitude that has shown me how I want to live my life.

Sadly, Ruby's story isn't the happiest tale I've ever told, and even as I write this I have tears in my eyes. Her story is, however, a testament to the power of trust; the importance of trusting life's timing, always trusting that everything does happen for a reason, and trusting me to be the human she deserved to have. It is a responsibility and a privilege I strive to live up to every day.

It was July,

When I was asked to adopt Ruby, then called Zoe, by her previous owner who was trying to rehome his four dogs before moving his family away. I had been looking to adopt a dog since I had recently moved into my "pet friendly" apartment complex in Seattle, and I had to admit I was intrigued. It had been a busy summer at my new job, and adopting a pet in Seattle can be pretty competitive, so I had been waiting for the right time. Maybe this was it.

As I was begged to "just meet her" Zoe was described as quiet, well behaved, and house trained, all of which sounded too good to be true. So I decided to go for it, and a few days later I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of a pet store outside of Seattle, waiting to meet the "perfect" dog this man was so eager to give away.

The man and his daughter met me in the aisle next to the squeaky toys. He was holding an eyeless ball of matted, black, fluff in an ill-fitting old harness. He set her down and she started to shake in fear, so the little girl bent down and started to pet her, I quickly joined her on the floor.

It was all too clear why Zoe was being given away, 

She was covered in sores and missing half her coat, giving her a scraggly appearance and a bare, rat tail. Her fur was so overgrown on her head that she had no eyes, and it was clear from her droopy "momma belly" that she had previously had puppies. The man fessed up that she had recently given birth to a puppy, and that they couldn't afford to get her fixed or take her to the vet for shots.

I picked her up and she tried to hide herself in my arms, terrified of all of the activity in the busy store. She weighed almost nothing. My heart hurt and standing there by the tennis balls, I was sure that she needed me. When the man asked what I thought about taking her home, I told him I wouldn't leave without her. So standing there in that parking lot, with her cuddling in my arms I named her Ruby, because her fluff looked like Toto from the Wizard of Oz.

It was a long road to get Ruby healthy, 

Months of careful grooming, supplements, medication, exercise, healthy food, as well as a spay procedure and oral surgery were needed to help get her well. The vets called it a classic case of benign neglect, meaning her previous owners just didn't take her care seriously enough. Because of this they never detected her seasonal or food allergies that were causing her health issues and hair loss.

Despite all of that, Ruby has never once been afraid of me, or any other person. She adores people, other dogs, and especially children. She loves to cuddle anyone who will lend her a lap, hike until her little legs wobble, and chase every squirrel in the park near our house. She is incredibly smart, learns quickly, and has a personality that really is larger than life. On our walks around Alki Beach, she happily greets every person she passes, often prompting them to stop and give her a pat.

It was one of these passers-by that gave us the idea for this blog. As she scratched Ruby's ears, I told her Ru's story and she looked at Ru and said, "You have quite the story, Ruby on Alki" and I was struck. She did have quite the story, and how lucky am I, that I was chosen to be a part of it? She had certainly changed my life in our short time together, perhaps she could change some more.

So that brings us here, 

To our little corner of the Internet, a blog run from our couch where we share our lives with all of you. It's not always exciting, and it's far from perfect, but our  sweatpant-wearing, bowl-licking, wine-fueled, belly-rubbing, adventure-having life is incredible to me. I wouldn't change one moment of it.

If you take one thing away from Ruby's story, I hope you remember how important it is to trust. Without little Ruby trusting me, my life here in the Emerald City wouldn't be so colorful.



Happy National Pet Day to you and 

all of the sweet pets you share your lives with!


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13 comments

  1. Aaawww.... I just LOVE this story! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read! It means the world to have so many incredible people cheering for us!!!

      XOXO - Taylor

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  2. Awesome inspiration for your blog. You should vlog the adventures of Ruby! She's so cute :)

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    1. Lisa, can you keep a secret? We might just have some vlogging in the works... Stay tuned!

      XOXO - Taylor

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  3. I'm sitting in my car crying. What a beautiful story! Pets sure are our family. You and Ruby just made my day!!

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    1. Awww Carly! So happy we could make you smile! I absolutely bawled while writing this. This little fluff ball means the world to me! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. OMG I totally started tearing up – dog stories always get me. Especially when it comes to the fabulous Ru. Ugh, so glad you rescued her!! Hope to see you both soon :)

    Giulia
    www.palmtreesandpellegrino.com

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  5. I love this adoption story!! Our dog came in to our family with the boyfriend, but up until Bentley my youngest was terrified of dogs didn't matter size or anything. Now she is obsessed with them cause of him. It's amazing the difference dogs make in the life of kids.

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  6. Ruby is beyond adorable! It's amazing how dog's come into our lives and flip it upside down. You two are lucky to have found each other! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. How precious! Love our dogs, they are the sweetest!

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  8. Ruby is absolutely DARLING. I'm so glad you rescued your pup. :D I'm sure she is so happy you did!

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  9. What a great story! Ruby is so lucky to have found a deserving family and it seems you're pretty lucky to have found her too. I'm so happy to hear that she's not timid or fearful of strangers from her neglectful beginnings. Ringo came to the rescue in a condition pretty similar to Ruby's. We are 3 years in (today) and while he's come a really long way, he still doesn't instinctively trust new people. Best of luck to you two! <3

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