12.01.2011

I'm The Lucky One

I may just be the luckiest chick in the world. I get to spend every single day of my life with an animal shelter full of the most incredible, loving, devoted rescue dogs.

The Lucky Dogs.

Each day, when I walk through that Lucky Dog door... I'm home. In all honesty, there's no other place I'd rather be. And every single morning, I'm showered with love... just for showing up.

Every. Single. Day.

In their eyes, I can do no wrong. No matter what happens that day --or any day-- I never disappoint them. I could screw-up a million times an hour... and I'd still be their hero. The entire world could hate me... and I'd still have their love.

Maybe my job isn't always easy, but here's why it's awesome...

I can fall down while walking, and say f*** while I'm falling. I can mess-up my words, or just choose to quit talking. I can laugh for no reason, or give reasons for laughing. I can cry like a baby, or get pissed at distractions.

I can sing; I can dance; I can act like an idiot. I can fall on my ass, and they don't even give a s***. I can make a huge mess; I can be a disgrace. I can try to look cool, or have dirt on my face.

I can tell stupid jokes; they think I'm hilarious. I can cuss like a sailor; they don't take me serious. I can look like pure crap; they claim I'm a model. I can need a stiff drink; they'll pass me the bottle. 

I can run; I can play; I can be such a moron. I can throw like a girl, and they'll tell me I'm awesome. I can roll in the mud, or wear a cute dress. I can have bad ideas, they'll say "So genius!"

I can feel way too-fat, and they'll tell me I'm skinny. I can look way too-skinny, and they'll tell me I'm pretty. I can go without makeup; they'll say, "You don't need it." I can wear crappy clothes, and they actually prefer it.

I can cry; I can scream; I can hate every person. I can think I'm so worthless, and they promise, "You're worth it." I can make huge mistakes, and they never once judge. I can feel so alone, and they say, "You have us."
*****
You know them as... the Lucky Dogs. And that's just what they are. But have no doubt: on any given day... the luckiest one here... is me.

You get one life. That's it. Always follow your heart. I did.

33 comments:

  1. there should be more people in the world like you i can only save three at a time but they are my best friendS like you said NO MATTER WHAT YOU look like they will always love you back thank you for all you do

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  2. You are super inspiring! Thanks for all you do!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE it, love you, love Lucky Dogs!

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  4. I love this, and it's so true! the most amazing,loyal and beautiful creatures. Ashley, you are also amazing and inspiring.

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  5. Thanks for putting a smile back on my face! You are the greatest & the dogs/cats & all of us know it!!! You do what I'd love to do but can't at this point in time, just in a small way w/9 cats outside that were dumped & then I've got about 9 inside that I rescued thru the years. You give me hope & inspiration so thank you very much!! Keep up the good work Ashley!!!
    Thanks, Diane

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  6. Can't love you and all the lucky Dogs rescue enough!!! You guys rock my world!!!

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  7. All of you are lucky..........Mom and I did a transport with 4 beagles today. Best feeling ever. They went to a vet and then are going to be fostered until adopted with a family that has 13 beagles. I feel so lucky. I wore old crappy clothes and they just wanted to get in the front seat and be loved. So precious. So want to do more..........God Bless you Ashley!!!!

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  8. Ashley, I just started volunteering at an animal shelter in my town. I now know the feeling that you are talking about. It is the greatest feeling in the world to be helping these poor animals. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your blogs. The animals are lucky to have you.

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  9. Your are one special lady, and thank you for all that you do. If you have anything out in Northern CA., and need my help in the bay area-please let me know. I adore dogs, and help cats around the area where I live. They are wonderful, and alot of them have rough breaks. Who is no better to help, then people with big hearts. (that's you Ashley) You are terrific!!

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  10. Ashley, you are an angel on earth !!!

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  11. You're amazing for all that you do. You are an inspiration to me. I too love animals and hope someday soon to do something similar.. Thank you for all you do for these animals....

    Ruth Simula

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  12. YOU R ONE AMAZING YOUNG LADY THE LOVE AND DEVOTION U HAVE IS RARE SO THAT MAKES EXTREMELY RARE AND U R SO RITE ABOUT OUR FURRY FRIENDS THEY DONT CARE WHAT WE LOOK LIKE OR ANY OTHER THING THAT MAY BOTHER A HUMAN,bUT IN MY EYES AND MY HEART OUR FURRY FRIENDS R HUMAN IN THEIR OEN WAY THEY WILL NEVER TURN THEIR BACKS ON U AND THEIR LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL MAY U ALWAYS HV THE STRENGTH AND SUPPORT TO KEEP DOING WHAT U R DOING GOD BLESS U ALWAYS.I LV ANIMALS AND DO WHAT I CAN FOR THEM.

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  13. You are someone I admire and I love what u do . It's awesome. Your awesome

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  14. YOU ARE AN AWSOME LADY ASHLEY...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!! YOU ARE "LUCKY" TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE THAT!

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  15. Great post and sooooooooo true:) Thanks for being who you are and helping all these dogs. Too bad that all the people in the world are not as you!

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  16. They Love us unconditionally...and they are as close to heaven as I Will ever be......

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  17. Beautifully said. And when you get to heaven Jesus will tell you "Well Done". Those who take care of God's animals will be blessed.

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  18. I wish I could do more to help. May God bless you for all of the work you do to rescue our furry family members!!

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  19. Ashley,
    Once again your words are beautiful, but not as beautiful as you. I've always wanted to do what your doing with animals and maybe somedzy if I work hard enough I'll make it. You are an inspiration, never stop! You will always be loved, not only by the Lucky Dogs, but by all of us that follow you along your journey.

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  20. Thank you for doing what you do.

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  21. Ashley - YOU are amazing!!!! I couldn't have said it better. I don't know what I'd do without my dogs. If humans could only be as compassionate, loving, loyal, forgiving, accepting and appreciative as dogs... the world would be a better place! God bless you for your dedication and unconditional love for these animals <3

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  22. I love it! How true! I feel the same way about my best friend, Simba. He always stands with me know matter what. He loves every one he meets unconditionally. Dogs Rule! We could learn alot about love if more people read these blogs and followed our four legged friends lead. Keep up the great work. You are truly an Angel.

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  23. UR THE MOST AMAZING AND KINDEST PERSON I KNOW

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  24. super sweet - and true for each and every pet owner in this world! as long as we have our best friend(s) by our side, we are in deed luck!

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  25. I just happen to run across one of your blogs the other day and started following you. Ashley, you have made me cry, laugh, and rethink my life! Thank-you for all the things you do to help the animals! What a sweet,kind person............
    Love to you and the dogs.
    You MAKE a BIG Difference in places you are not even aware...........

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  26. So cute, and so true! Dogs don't give a rat's rear end, they just love you!

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  27. Wow. Y'all are amazing! These comments have touched my heart so deeply! I wish you could know! Thank you!!!

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  28. Thanks for posting this Ashley. It will make me love & appreciate my 4 dogs & 5 cats even more than I already do! You are awesome!:-)

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  29. I can fall down while walking, and say f*** while I'm falling. I can mess-up my words, or just choose to quit talking. I can laugh for no reason, or give reasons for laughing. I can cry like a baby, or get pissed at distractions.

    I can sing; I can dance; I can act like an idiot. I can fall on my ass, and they don't even give a s***. I can make a huge mess; I can be a disgrace. I can try to look cool, or have dirt on my face.

    I can tell stupid jokes; they think I'm hilarious. I can cuss like a sailor; they don't take me serious. I can look like pure crap; they claim I'm a model. I can need a stiff drink; they'll pass me the bottle.

    I can run; I can play; I can be such a moron. I can throw like a girl, and they'll tell me I'm awesome. I can roll in the mud, or wear a cute dress. I can have bad ideas, they'll say "So genius!"

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