Matchmaking – Dog Style

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By CAMILLE

Darlene and Jake have enjoyed canine companionship for years and tend to take in rescue dogs who are older and in need of a home. The couple is particularly partial to Greyhounds, especially those who have been discarded from the race track.

At one point, Darlene and Jake had two dogs named Angel and Gigi. When Angel passed, Gigi, a Greyhound, was depressed. When I visited him, it was clear he needed company. He just wasn’t thriving as a single dog. Gigi said he was lonely for another canine. I started to keep watch for a possible companion for him and his caregivers started searching as well.

A short while after my visit, I was visiting another home with rescued Greyhounds. There was a newcomer to their family, a female named Roxy. She was not adjusting well to her foster care. During the visit, I realized Roxy could potentially be a great companion for Gigi. I mentioned the possible match to Roxy’s caregiver, who was amenable to try to help Roxy find a home more suited to her needs.

Shortly after my visit with Roxy, I called Darlene and left a message saying I’d found the perfect girl for Gigi. When we spoke, it turned out Darlene and Jake knew Roxy’s foster family. From there, the two sets of caregivers agreed to meet so the dogs could visit to see how they would interact. They met at a local dog grooming place for pawdicures. Roxy arrived wearing a purple ribbon corsage on her collar. The dogs immediately took to each other. Following their nail care, they all went for a long walk together. Roxy and Gigi walked in tandem, both prancing along. There was no tension, just instant bonding. That same day, Roxy went to live at Gigi’s home.

The two dogs continued to bond and became inseparable. They did everything together and it was clear Roxy adored Gigi. For seven years all was well. Then, Gigi’s health started to fail. By now they were both seniors. In time, Gigi transitioned. Roxy was lost without him. Around that time, she was diagnosed with cancer in one of her shoulders. With treatment and love, she was hanging on. When I visited to see how she was doing, it was clear she too wanted to transition. She said that although she loved her caregivers, she loved Gigi more and wanted to join him. Within a few days, Darlene and Jake helped Roxy transition.

Since then, Darlene and Jake have continued to rescue older canines, offering them a loving home for the duration of their life. Although they always have two dogs — and have had some significant pairs — none have had such a strong bond as Gigi and Roxy. Truly, they were a match made in heaven.

Camille is a regular contributor to the Aquarian. She has communicated with animals for over 30 years, with the focus of her gift directed at strengthening communication between the animal and caregiver. As a channeller and Reiki Master, she offers healing sessions and channelled guidance to her human clients. 

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