How Stastny Came to Us

      My husband and I were recently called to adopt a “puppy.”  Short story long: God gave me clear guidance to go to the Carson shelter in LA.  Let me just stop right here and say that if you are looking to adopt a dog, this is the place to go.  The shelter offers a large variety of beautiful dogs with wonderful personalities. These dogs are lucky if they last in this shelter for more than two weeks.  When I arrived to the shelter, I was greeted by the sound of painful and desperate howling.  The dogs would do anything to be free.  The kennels were small and there were at least 2 dogs per cage.  The floors of the cages were soaked with urine and covered with feces.  As I walked by each cage, my heart sank.  If only we had a bigger backyard, I could perhaps become the female version of Cesar Milan. Just when I thought it could not get any worse, one of the keepers rolled a dead dog passed me. The dog didn’t “make it.”
     Garrett and I prayed that God would bless us with a dog that we knew was meant to be ours.  At first, we were determined to get one of the cute puppies that everyone wanted.  All of that changed when I walked by her cage.  She immediately took to me and I regretfully smiled at her and said, “You are so cute, but you are 2 years old. I am sorry. We are looking for a puppy.”  We did happen to find a puppy who was way too hyper and did not really connect with us.  Fortunately, a man wanted to adopt her and our guilt was gone.  We spoke with a very caring shelter volunteer who had told me, “Sweetie, it’s the older dogs that have it the worst here.”  I told her about the older dog I had seen earlier and her face lit up with joy.  We walked over to her cage and took her out. The volunteer told me that she was her favorite dog and was by far the most submissive dog there.
     Garrett and I instantly bonded with her and felt God’s blessings.  Unfortunately, after signing the adoption papers, we were told that we could not take her home until she was spayed.  I pleaded with the shelter and their regulations would not permit a dog to be adopted without being spayed, meaning we couldn’t pick her up until Tuesday. Oh my!  It was only Saturday and Sunday they were closed. I came on Monday with a dear friend of mine to give our new dog some company and love.  We were informed that she had a terrible case of kennel cough could not be spayed until she was over her cold. They did however, allow us to take her home as long as I signed an agreement stating that I would have her spayed.
     I called Garrett immediately and told him that I was bringing her home!  He was very excited, especially since we had prayed over her and asked God to help us be the best dog owners the night before. I got off the phone, jumping up and down.  I couldn’t believe that we were going to take her home!
     When I went back to her cage, I looked at her and told her, “We are going home.”  After having to be carried from her cage to my car, and placed in the car, we were off.  Our grand adventure began.

4 thoughts on “How Stastny Came to Us

  1. Misa-
    Don’t give up hope on acclimating Stasny to other dogs. We took Snoop to the high school yesterday, where a dog his size was running off-leash after a model airplane that was flying above it. Snoop ran pell-mell after the dog (Who turned out to be a female) and the 2 ran after the plane, exhasuting themselves in the process, but getting along just fine. If Snoop can be okay with another dog, your sweet Stasny can too!


  2. Hi Michelle,

    What a touching and heartwarming story of how you found your baby…… She is so blessed, and likewise I am most assured. God did something similar for my husband and myself 6 years ago. Our family experienced a severe crises and the day after it occurred God brought a little rescued sheltie into our lives. She was 6 mos old at the time and only 6 lbs. We named her Princess Mignon Abbie at the time, because the meaning of Abbie is “Source of Joy”. God gave her to us when we had lost all our joy because of our family crises at that time. Abbie has continued to be our source of joy many days throughout the past years in our home. The Lord created our furry friends…….and so, I know He knows our hearts…and why we have such a love for one another. Again…….loved the share…and am so glad you have won the heart of this little doggie and she is now in your home. Blessings…~CC Catherine

  3. Dear Rochelle,
    Thanks you so much for taking the time to comment and encourage me. I am very grateful that God gave us the opportunity to meet and pray that God continues to radiate His light and love through you. I know He has big plans for you and that you are doing an amazing job of preparing for His call.
    God bless you

  4. Hi Michelle!

    Your story of your puppy is truly amazing and your puppy is also very beautiful. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity of meeting you and your puppy at the park. I know that the Lord has placed her into your life for a reason and I pray that the Lord will bless her in so many ways. So, just remember to keep your faith and love in God strong and I believe he will take care of everything for you and your husband.

    God Bless,

    Rochelle 🙂

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