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TAILS FROM THE HEART by Donna S. Elliott Everybody needs a Reason


You never know which relationship is going to change your life. Certainly, you might never expect that it will be the one you have with your dog.


When I was in my late 20s, I was clinically depressed. There were many days I didn’t get out of bed, not even to go to work. My marriage fell apart. Nothing seemed to matter, and I couldn’t pull myself out of my own darkness.


I found myself wanting a dog. In a desperate attempt to save myself, I set out to find a dog to love. I traveled to a farm in Efland.


A bundle of brown puppies greeted me in a barn. I sat down. All of the little puppies were running and jumping around me, except one, who sat quietly, hesitantly over in a corner. Her timid eyes reached out to me. I knew in that moment that we needed each other.


I had her for almost two weeks before I named her. I fretted over what to call her. I searched for something smart, like maybe the name of a favorite author, a name


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that would say something important about my dog and what she would mean to me. I asked my sister how she came up with a name for her cat. Her suggestion was to pick a name that had meaning in my life right then. I thought long and hard. What did I most need in my life?


It came to me. My little brown dog was going to be my Reason. And she was, for almost 15 years.


Reason rescued me. Her sweet, happy soul pulled me out of my darkness and into her world of enjoying every moment. Whether it was rolling in the warm grass, chewing on sticks or digging up rocks, Reason showed me how to live with a happy heart and be grateful for every smile.


I’d be lying in bed, and she’d look at me with those eyes begging me to get up and embrace life. It started with sitting on the porch steps and slowly moved to short walks in the woods and eventually found us hiking in places like Linville Gorge and the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.


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