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From: bren
Date: 04-18-2004, 07:16 AM (1 of 2)
This is one of the neatest stories I've ever heard. You
know precisely what this little girl is talking about at the end!

"Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've
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.
"Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's

"I know...we have seen most of them," the mom said in

Just then Danielle came walking into the office.

"Well, did you find one?" asked her mom. "No, not this
Danielle said with sadness in her voice. "Can we come back on theweekend?"

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and

"You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately,
there's always a supply," the volunteer said.

Danielle 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
with her. They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this
or we're not looking any more," Dad finally said in frustration. "We
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 Danielle 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. Danielle walked slowly
cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one
dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said,
you're not the one."
It was the last cage on this last day in search of the
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 size!"

"But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held
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 the child, she
did a little of both.

"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy
home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find
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. I not only find it in the arms of my 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. Take
time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. "Life
not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our
breath away."
Don't let anyone ...Live Rent Free In Your Head
User: bren
Member since: 11-30-2002
Total posts: 489
From: sewingrandma
Date: 04-19-2004, 09:57 AM (2 of 2)
bren, that makes me want to go right out and start listening for puppy sighs. I miss my dog terribly, but do to circumstances we aren't looking right now. Dusty had the sighs and the cow eyes to go with them.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
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