Meet Dharma, a one-year-old stray (possibly a mix of schnauzer/poodle, maybe terrier) from the streets of Louisiana. When Animal control found her, she was scared, severely matted, and infested with fleas. And like most strays in LA, she immediately went to a high kill shelter where hundreds of dogs are euthanized if they are not claimed within five days.

In the 11th hour, Puppy Love, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to rescue dogs from Louisiana and place them in homes in Maine was able to give Dharma a second chance at life...and me the opportunity to be a dog dad again. It's been an amazing experience for both of us and to say I'm in love would be a vast understatement.

Dharma, like most rescue dogs, is the essence of resilience. Despite going through hell and being placed on death row, this sweet little girl chooses only to greet everyone with love and tenderness. No signs of resentment whatsoever. Only joy and a tail that wags with gratitude. Perhaps a lesson for us all: Even when things appear to be at their very worst...there is always hope. Simply stated, sometimes just one day can be the difference between tragic and magic.

Dharma's training is off to a great start. Step one is passing the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, followed by more advanced training, leading up to her becoming a therapy/service dog. My goal is to have her working with me this year, helping kids and adults that are struggling with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I couldn't be prouder of this sweet little dog and I know she will make a positive impact in many people's lives.

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