Kira's Puppy Mill Journey

Kira, a rescued puppy mill collie, on her road to recovery.

A Valentine for Kira & Friends


Kira found her favorite Valentine heart…the one that says home!



This week on Patricia McConnell’s blog, The Other End of the Leash, she wrote a Valentine to each of her dogs and invited her readers to do the same.    I invite you to write your own, either here, or on her page, or on your own blog!    Here are mine:

To My Dear Sweet Kira, My Fuzzy Collie Valentine:  “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?  Thou art more lovely and more temperate….”     More lovely, Kira, than all the days of summer.  In your moments of joy you shine like the sun, pure radiance that warms my heart and touches my soul.   You came to us so damaged and so afraid and withdrawn, but so lovely even then.  When the light came back into your eyes, when you began to venture out, it was with such tenderness that you approached life; the tiniest touch, a feather soft lick, a tentative head laid next to my leg.  You are so brave to face a world that has hurt you so much and so courageous to trust.   You sparkle and shine with the beauty and grace of a 1,000 summer days.  You are a miracle.   Thank you, Kira, for coming to us and for letting us love you.  I can’t imagine our home without your sweet, tender, softness.


To Obi, O-man, Obi-Wan, My sweet, silly big guy:   You are a strange boy, with your fear of stink bugs and ceiling fans and the crack between the bed and the wall,  your far off gaze and often bewildered expression, and your quiet, stubborn insistence that things must always be “just so.”   But you are the sweetest dog on earth and your tender, gentle spirit seems almost divine at times.  From quiet, shy little puppy to endlessly patient therapy dog, you have grown up!  You have taught me so much along the way.  You are my velvet soft lovey buddy, my best walking companion, my comforter in sadness, my calm in life’s storms (though not in actual, real storms during which you are terrified), and the source of a deep, abiding happiness.   I love you with all of my heart big guy!

Obi and Mocha

Obi and Mocha

Mocha vdayTo Mocha, Little Dog, Lil D, Gremlin  You are my funny little Valentine. Your crazy hair tufts sticking out all over your tiny body, huge expressive eyes, endearing under bite, and the grunting pig noises when you are perturbed.  The way you dance on your back legs like a circus dog and will chew only the biggest dog bones, the ones that are almost the size of your body and that you can barely drag to your bed.  From the first day we met, we have been in love, you and I.  You are small and tough, smart and captivating, loving and tremendously loveable.   Your enthusiasm is infectious and you make me laugh every single day.  Happy Valentine’s Day, small one!

roxy heart

And To Roxy, my best friend, my Forever Valentine.  You are so much a part of my heart, that I take you with me wherever I go, always.  I miss you.

Happy Valentines Day to you and your furry Valentines!!

pet parade 2

Click to view other pages in this week’s Pet Parade!

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Author: repoleon

I have been so fortunate to share my life with so many amazing dogs. I hope that by sharing the story of one of those dogs - Kira - I can raise awareness about the issue of puppy mills.

7 thoughts on “A Valentine for Kira & Friends

  1. What a great idea. I’ll have to do this for my little monsters 😄

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  2. Hi Y’all!

    Those are such beautiful Valentine thoughts.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  3. Very sweet Valentine’s. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing on the hop!

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  4. This is so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for adding it to the blog hop!

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  5. hi Lori, thank you for the valentines to KIRA and your other two loves. I love reading Kira’s road to recovery. gayle chalker


  6. Those were so sweet and I am sitting here with tears running down my face. Have a wonderful Valentines with your furry family! ♥


  7. She certainly is lovely! And ‘home’ is the perfect heart for her! ~Rascal and Rocco


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