August 7, 2020 is a day I will never forget.  I was a Facebook member of Central Texas Lost and Found Pets, which helps reunite lost dogs, and while I was scrolling, a post came up about 5 puppies that were found abandoned in Mexia and they were going to be taken to a local rescue that I’d never heard of, Pearl’s Place.  They were asking for donations of money, towels, food etc to help with the care of these precious babies.  I immediately reached out to see if I could drop off some towels for them, never knowing that that day would change my view on dogs, animal rescue and make a fantastic friend in the meantime! 

To give you a little background of me, I’ve not always had dogs in my life, but in 2004 my daughter, husband and I got a black lab, Archie.  He was truly a blessing to us and completely changed each of our lives for the better.  He went to work with my husband every single day and we treated him like a member of our family, as all pets should be treated.  He loved each of us differently, as we each loved him differently.  He showed me how to love a dog and he also showed me how much love a dog can give without us even noticing.  Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly on September 29, 2013 and it was hardest day for us to get through and we still mourn that big guy.  He truly was a blessing to all who met him, and we will be eternally grateful that God gave him to us, even it was for such a short time.  

When I reached out to Lisa to ask if it was ok to drop off towels, I didn’t think for a minute she would let me go back and see the puppies; later to be known as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  You would’ve thought she asked me if I wanted a million dollars!  I felt so honored that she would open her rescue to a stranger that brought her a pile of towels!  I mean, come on, it’s not like I had given her a couple hundred dollars, they were towels!  We went back into the “doghouse” and there, curled up in tiny balls, were five very naked dogs that were a lot smaller than I thought they would be.  Their poor little skin was so covered in scabs, their eyes were lifeless, and you could see they were absolutely exhausted and yet thankful they had a place to rest their heads and begin to heal.  Lisa introduced me to all the other dogs in the doghouse and I left there with a sense of peace and gratefulness that I hadn’t felt in a while.   

While I could go on for hours about all the things Lisa taught me, I will leave that for another time because there have been so many things!!  I truly am blessed to have Lisa in my life and everyday I’m grateful to have seen the Mexia 5 on that day; it really has changed my life.