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The Wienerdog Blog about Flickennel -
Colorado Dachshunds with ALTITUDE!!!
(Usually written & updated by Janet Flick's website administrator, Becky Sewell, who lives in and works on the website from central New York.)
Welcome to the website of Flickennel Miniature Dachshunds, the home of Colorado dachshunds with altitude - about 8,200 feet of it!
We're glad you came to visit and hope you will stay a while, browsing through the pages and finding some new little pal or pals to follow you home.
Our site was first activated on Webstarts on October 13, 2008, then completely redone in 2018, but is always changing with new litters to post, pups to take off as they sell, and lots of new "stuff" we hope you will find interesting, helpful and/or humorous.
Flickennel is NOT a puppy mill, but a "fancy" breeding kennel, and we're proud of our dogs and proud of our facility. We are as much against puppy mills as everyone else is, but especially because they also smear the name and reputation of every honest breeder. A lot of folks don't take the time to look into what constitutes a puppy mill, and what constitutes a reputable dog breeder, and ASSUME that all breeders have puppy mills - it's a term that now seems to roll off everyone's lips with amazing ease. (Please read our "Stop Puppy Mills"
page for more information.)
The vast majority of GOOD breeders in this country are doing every-thing they can to raise their dogs under the best possible conditions they can, keeping them healthy, clean, loved and happy. Many breeders live and work in the same places their dogs live, not in separate buildings, so of course they're going to keep their facilities clean - it would get awfully nasty in a real hurry if they didn't. Sure, there's a "dog odor" in a kennel - they're dogs, and they do their "business" when and where they want to. You wouldn't go into a horse barn and expect it to not smell of horses! A good breeder cleans, sanitizes and deodorizes as much as possible (as we do), but we are raising dogs, not flowers, and they do smell like dogs!
We at Flickennel are pleased to be able to present to the public one of the largest and most complete selections of quality miniature dachshunds in Colorado, in just about every size, coat, pattern and color there is - and dachshunds have more possible combinations of those than any other breed of dog - well over 200!! To do that, we maintain one of the largest kennels in Colorado, because people don't usually want to wait months or years for us to create their dream-puppy - they want to walk in, pick it up and hold it, buy it and take it home THAT DAY. Besides, we keep our "best of the best" to make more and better puppies, and it's awfully hard to resist "just one more"!
Creating a specific puppy may take a year or more, if the certain mother has just produced a litter and has to rest for six months to a year before she can be bred again - and a mating doesn't always "take," either. We try not to "over-breed" our girls, but follow AKC and veterinarian recommendations regarding when and how long to breed.
We have some that aren't bred for years at a time! A few dogs don't obviously bleed or show any other signs, so we miss their "silent" heat-periods. Those are a challenge to breed, but often and unintentionally get skipped. They're still wonderful, loving and top-quality dogs, so we keep them around, hoping to catch them at just the right time, but meanwhile they need to be fed, cleaned, doctored and loved on - and thus are expensive to maintain with little (sometimes nothing) to show for it. (Those wind up on our Adoptable Adults page.)
Dogs typically come in heat, or estrus, about every six months and it lasts from 3-4 weeks. If they are bred, the pregnancy takes 9 weeks or right about 63 days. Once the pups are born, Colorado law requires that they be at least 8 weeks old before they can leave the breeder and go home. So, it's a lengthy process to produce your dream-puppy, and a lot easier if we try to keep a good assortment on hand.
Janet Flick has been raising, selling and showing dachshunds since 1968, so she has the experience and expertise to raise some of the best dachshunds available in Colorado. We have placed a lot of dachshunds in a lot of homes, with many repeat customers through the years and through the generations, both of dogs and people! We invite you to join our growing family of happy doxaholics - Flickennel dachshunds are like potato chips - you can't have just one!
TO PUT A DEPOSIT ON ANY OF OUR AVAILABLE DOGS:
KEEP THESE DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: For ANY litter which hasn't been BORN yet, to reserve a pup is easy - just go to PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to do this! On the task bar at the top of the first page, click "Send." A small area opens up for you to designate the recipient as firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the NEXT button and follow the directions - it's simple. Be sure to include a "note to the recipient" regarding which puppy you are reserving - e.g. "This is for a smooth isabella piebald boy out of Heather" (or whatever/whomever) - and include $4 per $100 of the deposit for the PayPal fee. (We've made it easy to place a deposit - $500 will hold any unborn and/or unpriced puppy, with $20 added for the PayPal fee, totaling $520 for the deposit. We've even put a special PayPal button on the Available Puppies page, just for placing deposits on unborn puppies!) The balance, minus any discount, is due in cash when you come to pick up the puppy - there is no fee on that portion. If the balance is too much to pay in one chunk, you may send payments the same way as above, but the pup MUST be paid for in full before it leaves the kennel. If you will need to have your pup shipped to you in the "Lower 48," the cost is usually $350, including the air-fare, the crate, a trip to our vet for the necessary health check, "good-to-fly" certificate, and rabies vaccination if the pup is over 12 weeks old, plus gas for the actual trip to the airport. THE AIRLINES ARE NOT SHIPPING ANIMALS BECAUSE OF COVID-19 - WE'LL LET YOU KNOW IF IT IS (EVER) REINSTATED.
PayPal USED to automatically send an email to notify us when we receive a payment, but evidently changed their software and stopped that, so please ALSO CALL JANET and TELL HER you have made a deposit, because we don't sit at the computer all day, and would hate to sell the same puppy again because we didn't know someone had already paid for it! IF that should accidentally happen, however, a deposit can be transferred to any other available puppy and put toward its purchase.
If we don't currently have exactly what you're looking for, we'll be happy to create one, as soon as the appropriate parents are ready to "do their thing." We have to let things take their course, you know, in their own sweet time - we haven't figured out how to rush nature on this project. Of course, you might find your dreams fulfilled by something entirely different than what you thought you wanted! That has happened too many times for us to count!!!
We've seen some pretty amazing things happen with our dogs, and would love to hear about your experiences with them, too. (Email us!) It's really incredible when you see how often the dog picks its own person, with whom it immediately bonds, as if they were made for each other - and the dog knew it long before the human did.
I specifically remember one day at the kennel some years ago: the staff were sitting at the kitchen table, eating lunch before a man and his little 4-year old daughter came to choose a puppy. The man had been pretty specific in describing the sort of pup he intended to buy: it was one of those "smooth red female" types. Suddenly, one of the pups nearest the window overlooking the driveway began barking and whining toward the window, even though nothing was out there - he sounded desperate. This went on for 20 to 30 minutes, and nothing we did, even holding and cuddling him, could calm him or induce him to be quiet, and he kept trying to get down on the floor so he could run to the front door. I was still holding him when the man and his daughter arrived, and I walked out with the excited pup onto the front deck to wave them up the stairs.
As they climbed, I commented, "You've come for your smooth red female, I suppose?" He said, "We sure have!" I said, "That may be what you think you want, but this little guy right here says he's your dog! He hasn't shut up for the last half-hour, knowing you were coming to get him!" and I handed the frantic longhaired, light-colored boy-pup to the girl, who instantly was kissed all over her face by the delighted puppy. None of the other puppies we brought out for their perusal showed the least interest in them, and this little guy wouldn't leave them alone.
The little girl instantly bonded with him, as well, so that's the one they took home - totally opposite from the type the man had requested - but THEIR dog nonetheless, who knew before they arrived that he was theirs - and evidently had told everybody else to keep their paws off HIS humans! The man emailed us later to say how completely the pup had taken over their hearts and home, as if he'd known since birth that he was meant to be there.
We've witnessed the same sort of inter-canine cooperation with our retiring adults, too. They'll virtually ignore the visiting human, but one dog will immediately lay claim to, and bond with, the person, and the "click" is practically audible when they lock hearts together. We take great pride in our dachshunds, who are so affectionately people-oriented. The whole reason we raise them is to bring companionship, joy and pleasure to the people who take them home. As mentioned on our Flickennel International page, we are now spreading the joy and love worldwide - as far away as Canada, Germany, Denmark, Australia and Africa, and we shipped four groups of pups to England, where there is a severe shortage of the kinds of lovely dilute dapples and piebalds we produce - they're crazy about our dogs!!
It is with great pleasure that we watch people drive off down the road with one or more of our pups, knowing they will experience the same unconditional love from their new dachshunds that we get to, every single day. AND, we know the secret - dachshunds are dreadfully, wonderfully addictive! When we say they're like potato chips and you can't have just one, we mean it! We have lots of people who've come back for more - as many as EIGHT! People bought a pup from Janet when she first began raising them, came back for another when the first one died of old age, and are now coming back because that one died of old age - we're talking about over 50 years of Flickennel dachshunds, and generations of buyers keep returning! That's "customer satisfaction" and your proof that we're doing our job! So, go check out our Available Puppies page and pick your puppy with confidence - or make an appointment to come up and test-drive several to see which one picks YOU! Your deposit is transferable to any available pup, if the first one doesn't quite click with you.
Okay, I wrote this on November 12, 2015 - the day AFTER Veterans Day - but Christmas will be here before we know it and I wanted to make sure I got this music video by Rodney Carrington transferred from the old Wienerful News page! I found this on Facebook and was impressed to share it on our website.
Flickennel has always supported our military. Janet's husband Barney, my husband Jim and I, and a lot of our family members, served at various times in various branches of our military. We place a lot of our puppies with military families, too - we've been told that many other kennels won't, "because you move around too much, and what happens to the dog if you're deployed overseas? We don't want our babies abandoned!" Well, our contract says that if you ever decide you can't keep or don't WANT to keep the dog you get from us, bring it back to us and we'll re-home it for you.
We won't punish you for being active-duty, or punish your family for wanting something warm and fuzzy and alive to cherish while they wait for you to return, and to give you a huge dachshund welcome when you get to come home. Anyway, here's the video, and a great big Flickennel THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY! (Turn on your speakers!)
JUST IN CASE we're not at our computers when you make your purchase during waking hours, please call Janet and let her know you've picked a puppy so we don't accidentally sell it to someone else in person or over the phone! On one occasion we had buyers on the premises who bought and took a pup that someone had simultaneously paid for online but did not call and tell us! Needless to say, we can't split puppies in half, so PLEASE CALL!!! We HATE making those "OOPS" calls after we find something like this has happened, and we have to go by the time-signature on the PayPal purchase to figure out who actually bought the pup FIRST! That's why we also encourage you to use its PayPal button to put a deposit on the pup you want BEFORE you leave home, to make sure it's STILL YOURS when you arrive! (You're free to change it to a different puppy after you arrive, if you wish.) As long as that PayPal button is active, someone else can use it. Once it's used, even though it's still visible, it cannot be used again. If you try to use one and it won't work, someone else has already clicked it and bought that pup, but we haven't had time - or notification from the buyer - to get it off the page yet.
9-1-14 Today our attention was drawn to a listing of Top Breeders in Colorado - of which we knew nothing - and we're second on the list! Thank-you to CBS 4 Denver for including us in a group of breeders of magnificent dogs!!!
I've just read something I feel every dog owner - especially owners of SMALL BREEDS - should know. Click on this link and this one to read about Leptospirosis, the disease and the vaccine given for it, to know why YOUR dog should NEVER GET IT!!! For years, we have warned our buyers not to allow their vets to administer the Leptospirosis vaccine to their dachshunds, and these articles cover the reasons - the vaccine doesn't work and may GIVE the disease to your dog, the disease is entirely treatable, but is zoonotic, meaning YOU can get it from your pet, and it may be especially lethal to puppies, senior dogs, and dogs under 20 lbs. if not caught in time. Dr. Karen Becker is a licensed veterinarian who writes about many issues with pets and vets, so please devote some time to reading other informative articles on her website. Please be sure to read the comments at the bottom, too, for readers' experiences with topics discussed. The Lepto vaccine is a multi-dose vaccine, so if your vet has already administered one dose, DO NOT RETURN FOR THE SECOND DOSE!!! It could mean the life and health of your best furry friend if you do.
5 Quick Tips for Dealing with a Pet Poisoning Emergency
1. Be Ready
Before you ever need them, make sure your veterinarian’s phone number, the number of the closest emergency veterinary hospital, and the number for a pet poison center are saved in your phone. The
Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) number is 888-426-4435; the Pet Poison Hotline is 800-213-6680. [Add these numbers to your cell-phone emergency numbers for ready access when you're away from home!] And remember that you may be able to provide important, even life-saving initial treatment at home if you have a pet first aid kit ready and easily accessible in an emergency.
2. Keep Your Cool
Maintaining your composure when faced with a pet emergency can be hard to do, but it’s really important if you want to insure your furry family member gets the help he needs. If you stay calm, you’ll be better able to provide first aid, as well as vital information to the people treating your pet.
3. Evaluate Your Pet’s Condition
It’s important to make a clear-eyed observation of your pet’s condition. Is she behaving abnormally? Is she bleeding? Is she having trouble breathing? Is she having convulsions or seizures? Is she unresponsive? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, your pet needs immediate medical attention. Call your vet or the nearest emergency animal hospital and alert them that you’re on your way.
4. Be Prepared to Answer Questions
What is the toxic substance you know or suspect your pet ingested? Either pack up the substance itself (this is ideal), or write down the exact name of the product or medication. You’ll also want to write down the strength (typically in milligrams) of the drug, the concentration of active ingredients in herbicides or pesticides and the EPA registration number, and any other information you think might help the veterinarian who will be treating your pet. When did the poisoning happen? Did you catch your pet actually ingesting the substance? Has your pet vomited? If so, did she vomit up any of the poison or packaging?
5. Be Proactive
If you know or suspect your pet has ingested a poison, don’t wait for symptoms before seeking help. Time is of the essence in preventing the poison from being absorbed by your pet’s body. The faster you are able to treat your furry companion at home (with guidance from your vet or a pet poison hotline), or get her to a veterinarian, the better her chances for survival and a full recovery.
I've already posted (above) the importance of keeping both hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal ON HAND in your home, and even in a first-aid kit in your car - many accidental poisonings can happen when you and/or your dog are away from home, and both items will work equally well on you and your dog.
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL we will no longer be shipping companion-only puppies or adults to out-of-area buyers. We have been informed that, according to USDA regulations, we can ONLY ship puppies and adult dogs that will be used in a breeding program! We regret the inconveniences this will cause our loyal and potential clients in other areas, but it's the law and we have to abide by it. Besides, Colorado is such a lovely place to visit when you come to pick up your new Flickennel puppy - and why waste the trip? Buy two or three at the same time, one for you and a couple for friends or family! Please call and talk to Janet about possible arrangements if you live outside of our area.
As I stated above, we have a great love for our armed forces, so when I find something particularly poignant online I want to share it. This has been around for over 1o years now, but I'd never heard it before. It gives a lot to think about, not just at the holidays, but ALL year long. Our military members - our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents - whoever they are, need our prayers as well as practical and physical signs of our love and respect. That's why Janet makes Wounded Warrior quilts for Eagles Summit Ranch, our neighbor up the road, and Fidget Quilts and other things for the Veterans Home in Florence. Here's ESR's Facebook page.
Did you know that DACHSHUNDS MAKE GREAT SERVICE DOGS? We've always known they were special and wonderful, and many of our customers have discovered how deeply their little doxies can bond with them in a very short time. We have a new page on our website that explains that this breed makes tremendous service dogs for people with seizures, PTSD, hearing loss and other problems. Some dachshunds are also trained for use in cold-trailing wounded game for hunters who have lost animals they shot, as well as tracking people (similar to a bloodhound), and both drug-enforcement and search & rescue, where a small and highly-intelligent hunting-dog that was originally bred to go down rabbit-holes and badger-burrows can get into (and out of) tight places that a larger dog can't do more than stick its nose into. So, please check out our SERVICE DOGS page, and if you need a service dog, or have one of our doxies that's being used for one, please let us know! We'd love to add your story and pictures to our page!
We've been made aware of another awesome website that teaches pet owners (or occasional pet-sitters) how to keep their pets safe in and around their home. This Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners from Expertise.com is pretty comprehensive and we recommend that you read and bookmark it, then feel free to share it with your family and friends. Please share it on Facebook and other social media websites - I did!
WARNING!!! Toxic xylitol is now found in certain brands of peanut butter AND in veterinary dental washes for dogs, including the so called ‘safe’ sugar-free dog dental rinses of Aquadent® by Virbac, and Breathalyser Plus® from Ceva!!! Xylitol is so toxic to dogs that as little as a piece and a half of "sugar-free" gum containing it can KILL a 10-lb. dog! Not all dogs react the same to xylitol (or chocolate, grapes or other substances that can kill them), so yours may not show the same symptoms as another dog, but nonetheless, xylitol damages the liver, reduces the blood's ability to clot, causes hemorrhaging, and can kill in a very short time. Read all about it here, and spread the word!
Two new links to tell you about today that you WILL want to check out! The first is on petplace.com, one of our favorite go-to sites for lots of good pet information, with "over 10,000 vet-approved articles" on all kinds of pets. They have a very comprehensive Guide to Common Dog Poisonings, including the item that causes the poisoning, the possible effects of it, and what you should do about it if you believe your dog has been poisoned.The second link is one I hadn't heard of before, but it looks very helpful: www.dog-first-aid-101.com. I came across it while looking up something I found in the Guide to Common Dog Poisonings!
One of our passions at Flickennel Dachshunds is supporting our nation's military. We continue to place a good number of our wonderful puppies with military families around the country, knowing that their unconditional love is the greatest therapy for both the family and the service member. There is a terrific organization called Active Heroes set up to support active-duty and veteran service members and their families, for the purpose of preventing suicides among them. One service they offer is support-dog training, called Manners For Life, and it's free. If you or a service member you know would like to take advantage of this, click the link. If you cannot travel to Kentucky for six weeks of dog training, check with a good dog trainer in your area to see if they would be willing to train your military-family dog in conjunction with Active Heroes and Manners For Life, for free. You never know until you ask!
If you ever need proof that your dachshund is a big dog in a small body, visit this page and learn about Daisy, who saved her humans from a black-bear attack.
Almond Joy, now in Australia
Kiowa, now in Australia
We received an email requesting that we link to a site that discusses CBD for Dogs: Benefits & Treatment Guide. We have used CBD capsules to prevent seizures in Cocker Spaniels, and it does a wonderful job without producing any nasty side-effects, which so often happens with pharmaceutical products. Check out CBDoil.org today!
An IMPORTANT item from Facebook, regarding vaping and dogs, since so many people today are using this stuff, thinking it's safer than tobacco products, although I've never heard of a cigarette, cigar or pipe that spontaneously exploded in a person's pocket and burned them, or in their mouth unless they were using oxygen at the same time, as I have with e-cigarettes for vaping. As bad as tobacco is, these products may be even worse.
June 30, 2019
from Katie Baars:
I know most of us have dogs and other pets and I wanted to post this to help save lives of pets so people are aware of the dangers of vaping equipment and pets. I just lost my Saint Bernard puppy yesterday. She had eaten a Juul pod and chewed a bottle of vape juice. I did not even know we had these items in the house. My 17-year old snuck them in and attempted to hide them under the couch. Molly presented Friday night with a staggered gait and weakness. We rushed her to the vet, on the way she developed problems breathing. When we arrived the seizures started. A few hours later at the vet she went into cardiac failure. While searching my home to find any possible thing she could have gotten I found the chewed items that I KNOW were not there the day before. There is no antidote for this stuff. Only supportive treatment. It’s extremely toxic even in small amounts. Plus the flavors often attract pets to it. My pup was only 12 weeks old. I hope in her tragic untimely death her story can create awareness of the dangers of this stuff. [Tobacco products are also toxic to pets.]
You won't find a Links page on flickennel.com - we tried that, and the links kept dying on us, or we'd get loads of spammers wanting us to link to them, so we did away with it. However, I just found a small pet-oriented business mentioned on Facebook, checked them out, and immediately wanted to link to them! Dave even customizes to match any picture of your favorite dog (or other animal) you send him! They're online, at PawPrintsDirect.com, or you can purchase their merchandise through their eBay store. They make a lot of different products, but what caught my eye was the army of DACHSHUND MAILBOXES he's made!!! "Anyone interested in custom orders can contact us at email@example.com - we will provide them with a custom EBay item # to use." - Pam & David Cura Please check out these good folks (hey - anyone making DACHSHUND MAILBOXES has to be pretty good, although they do make other breeds!) and help them out in these uncertain times! Thanks in advance! (Doxie owners are the BEST!)
VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THIS FIRST!!!
7-29-20 We used to take visitors on tours of our kennel, to see the adults and the puppies, but some years ago our State Inspector from the Department of Agriculture advised us, for the health and safety of our dogs, to stop that and build an enclosed "meet & greet room" where we could bring the pups and their parents to the visitors. We did that, and immediately got a lot of backlash from people who thought they should have free-rein to meander all over the kennel (and the house, since both were in the same building), and handle any dog they wanted to. They said we must be trying to hide "awful puppy-mill conditions and animal abuse," and keep prying eyes from "seeing the truth." Well, the TRUTH was quite different, and the following article that just arrived in our Fall 2020 Revival Animal Health catalog explains it quite well. Many animal breeders, dairies, and farms are now displaying signs such as are described.
The Importance of Kennel Biosecurity - by Dr. Donald Bramlage, DVM, Revival's former Director of Veterinary Services
Biosecurity involves following procedures designed to protect animals from harmful, disease-causing viruses and bacteria.
I once helped a breeder with a parvo outbreak that happened after a family looking for a puppy asked to see the moms with the babies. The breeder asked the potential new owners to observe quietly, so as not to stress the moms or pups, and let them in the birthing area. Soon the family was holding the babies, making the new moms anxious and threatening the pups' fragile immune systems. Four days later, the breeder had her first parvo case. While the puppy was saved, the breeder spent $800 on IV fluids and care at the local veterinary hospital. By day seven, a second litter broke with parvo, and they ended up burying all eight puppies from that litter at just six weeks old.
Around this time, the breeder found out that her recent visitors had just lost a puppy to parvo and were looking for a replacement. Canine parvovirus, a highly resistant pathogen, can live in materials like soil or clothing for a very long time.
Post signs designating biosecurity areas on your property. If someone ignores the signs, be persistent and educate them on the importance of biosecurity. Most people don't want to endanger puppies.
Neonates [newborns, of any species, four-legged or two] lack a fully developed immune system and are highly susceptible to diseases. Limiting access to the whelping area is important, so introduce pups to new people in another area. Even if all your pups are vaccinated, litters born months from now could be compromised by pathogens that enter your kennel today.
We have always had to be vigilant to prevent diseases in the kennel, and fight valiantly to conquer those that got in anyway. It's a very expensive, exasperating, and heart-breaking battle, often losing both puppies and adults despite doing our best to prevent incoming contaminants. Now, with this COVID-19 experience, maybe people can understand why we've said that no one except our staff is to venture into the kennel, or into the nursery or whelping room. Disease is a horrible and merciless enemy, not caring who or what it kills, and it's up to each of us to do everything we can to prevent its spread. Thank you for understanding and caring enough to help us.
"She keeps repeating it over and over again.
We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been
weeks now since we started all of this," the mother told the volunteer.
"What is it she keeps asking for?" the volunteer asked. "Puppy size!"
replied the mother. "We have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's
looking for." "I know. .we have seen most of them," the Mom said in
frustration . . . Just then the young child came walking into the office.
"Well, did you find one?" asked her Mom.
"No, not this time," she said with sadness in her voice. "Can we
come back on the weekend?"
The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed.
"You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's
always a supply," the volunteer said.
The young child took her mother by the hand and headed to the door.
"Don't worry, I'll find one this weekend," she said.
Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her.
They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend or we're
not looking any more," Dad finally said in frustration. "We don't want
to hear anything more about puppy size either," Mom added.
Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning.
By now the child knew her way around, so she ran right for the section
that housed the smaller dogs.
Tired of the routine, Mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages.
There was an observation window so you could see the
animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.
The young girl walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take
a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each
one. One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not the one." She came to the
last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer
opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it
closely. This time she took a little longer.
"Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!" she
screamed with joy. "It's the puppy sighs!" "But it's the same size as all
the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," Mom said. "No not
size - - - the sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said.
"Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me
love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"
The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
As she stooped down to hug her child, she did a little of both.
"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and
hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when
I held it in my arms," she said. Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said,
"Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"
Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh.
Not only can you find it in the arms of God and loved ones, but in the caress of
a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.
They are the sighs of God. He wants us to enjoy his sighs.
Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear.
Used with permission © Bob Perks.
A special thanks to Bob Perks for use
of his poetry. You may visit Bob's site
@ Bob's Story Site.
"Life is not measured by the breaths
we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."