I call Amy my panda bear. I'm not sure why because, so far, no one else seems to think she looks like one. We can all agree that she's one of the most beautiful dogs we've ever seen, inside and out.
Amy has soft brown eyes that seem to reflect her whole world. All of her wisdom, love, and gentle nature are there as is whatever she's feeling at the moment. If she's out for a walk on a beautiful day, her eyes show her happiness. If she's cuddled up with one of her people, they show how content and relaxed she's feeling. Sometimes, they show sadness as she watches the dogs around her getting adopted day after day.
When Amy first came to us, she was very, very pregnant and had been living as a stray before landing on the euthanasia list at TLAC. She gave birth to a litter of the cutest little puppies you ever did see on Thanksgiving Day and was an amazing, loving mother to them. All of her puppies were adopted several weeks ago and Amy's still waiting for her chance.
I met her the first day she came out to an adoption site from her foster home and I thought she'd find her forever home within hours. She was so beautiful, so attentive to the people around her, and so smart, gentle, and loving. I was sure it was the one and only time I'd get to take her for a walk or snuggle with her in the grass. But weeks have gone by and Amy is still waiting for her home. I don't want to see my sweet panda bear give up hope that the perfect person is going to take her home and love her.
Amy is about three and a half years old and is a calm, intelligent dog who is grateful for the little things in life like a warm bed or a ray of sunshine washing over her spot on the floor. You can tell her all your secrets and know instinctively that she'd never tell, even if she could. Amy's the kind of dog who can cheer you up after a rough day and melt your stress away just by snuggling up next to you.
She has that intangible something that dogs who have been through a tough time with their goodness intact get. That mix of wisdom, gentle spirit, and sense of thankfulness and hope. My hope for Amy is that someone special will recognize that intangible something and give her the love she so very much deserves.