Update: One week after Beau spontaneously came into our lives, he was adopted by a family who connected with him. Everyone benefited, and Kati, Aura and I are back to a pack of three.
This story is also a request made to 'the universe.'
Aura came unexpectedly into our lives about two years ago. A purebred reddish blonde Siberian Husky with startling blue eyes, she was an unusual rescue offered by the SPCA. Love at first sight overcame our practical objections and Kati, Aura and I became a pack of three.
We stayed the course, but there were times of overwhelm when we acted to re-home Aura despite our love for her. For one thing, her constant need for companionship meant we were together 24/7. Otherwise, she would escape from our fenced oasis while we were gone. In our yurt dome light footprint lifestyle, there have been no barriers.
We made several re-homing attempts, but in almost every case Aura escaped and it was too much for people with busy lives. In the other cases, we aborted the trial re-homing period when we saw the new home was not supportive for her well-being.
We have been consistently feeling In recent days that it is time to be in another setting. Considering the option of flying with her motivated us to make another push to re-home Aura, though the decision always brought pain to our hearts. Unless the new home can give her as much love, we know the pain would linger.
Last night (08.08.2017), Kati and I were awakened by noises outside the yurt. Upon investigating, we recognized the gray Husky as one from the neighborhood. On walks with Aura, I had felt sad each time we went past his house, to see him tied to a tree with a thick rope, and left in the hot sun. The day before, I said under my breath to the Malamute mix, 'I will help you if I can.'
Now he was outside our gate, in the middle of the night. We opened the gate and soon he and Aura were playing like lifelong friends. We'd not seen Aura, a more aloof Siberian, so engaged with another dog. They played together through most of the night, under a full moon.
In the morning I stopped by the neighbor not seen before, and learned the Husky was given by a friend to a friend, who gave him to our neighbor, who'd taken him because she 'didn't have a dog.' She had soon realized she did not have time for him. When I mentioned that Aura and her Husky had played so well together, her response was, 'you can keep him!'
For now, we are a pack of four. But, this is not sustainable. Where we live is hot and dry, with daily highs in the 100s over the summer. Winter is cold and wet, and our yurt is inadequately heated by stoking the fireplace through the night. Without the dogs, we would fly to a warmer climate. With them, we need to find at least adequate shelter and a place for them to run.
My request to the universe, which likely will be answered by a human, is a place for us. It can be a community, work exchange, land lease, or something else. All proposed solutions, in any location, will be considered and all possibilities can be explored.