chapter 5: the birthday wish
Every year on Butters’ birthday, Mommy made her special meals and gave her special treats. And sometimes, Mommy and her friends would gather in a park with other corgis and celebrate some corgi birthdays together. Butters knew that she was a lucky puppy to have so much. So many friends, so many treats, so much space and so much love.
But Butters also knew that there were many dogs that weren’t as lucky as she was. After all, she herself had been shuttled from home to home until Mommy found her just before her 5th birthday.
On the eve of her 9th birthday, Mommy came home late at night after having gone to a party. When Butters greeted her at the door, Mommy leaned down and said, “It’s after midnight — happy birthday, Butters! I hope you get everything you ever wished for!”
Butters thought for a moment. All she ever wished for was a family who loved her, and she had that! She had Mommy and Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Priya and Uncle Geoff and more friends than she could count on her dainty corgi paws. So Butters decided to wish really, really hard that all the pets in the world who weren’t as lucky as she was would find as much love as she had. She knew that they deserved nothing less than families and wonderlands of their own.
One of Butters’ favorite friends, Rugby James, is a self-described “throw-away dogger” — he was rehomed several times before finding his loving and patient mama, a dog trainer. Rugby’s mama told Butters and Mommy about a place called the Daisy Farm Sanctuary, where a wonderful lady named Robin rescues senior dogs and other unwanted pets. In the words of Rugby’s mama, “[r]ather than let them die in a shelter, [Robin] gives them a great home with lots of love and good care to finish out their days. If she can find them a better home, she does, but she takes in every dog with the mind-set that they are home for the rest of their days.”
In honor of Butters’ birthday, Butters and Mommy are buying some of the items on the Daisy Farm Sanctuary’s Amazon wishlist to help Miss Robin do her labor of love and are making a donation to help her continue care for these sweet animals. Please go to the Facebook page and give them a like!