To the original caretaker of Joy the Puppy,

Thank you for the gift of Joy. We sure love her. She is warm and fed. I pray that you are too. I will keep an eye out for you and try to make sure that you are.

If you had been in a different season of life, would you have kept her? If there is room in your life for a puppy again, I will do everything I can to help make that happen.

Forgive me for being so angry initially that she was such a skinny thing. I know that when you ran out of puppy food, you shared your own food with her. I would have held on to her until the last possible moment too.  I will remember that before I judge someone who is probably doing the best they can.

Be proud of your dog. She turned out great. If you hadn’t protected her from the streets of Omaha in those first bitterly cold weeks, she would not have survived. If you hadn’t taught her love from the start, it would have taken us years. If this does not reach you directly, I will try to thank you indirectly every way that I can.