Three years ago our rescue partner and head behavioralist, Harriet, while volunteering for another local shelter met Calypso, a young male German Shepard who was scheduled to be put to sleep, considered literally unadoptable because of his severe behavior issues. He was obviously abused, he was afraid of men, and some women, he was fear aggressive, insecure and very unpredictable. One of many dogs abandoned and left to die.
Harriet saw something more ... she saw beyond his pain and fear, she looked into his eyes and saw his soul!
Needless to say, she brought him home and over the past 3 years, she, with the help of her husband John, worked with him diligently, every day helping to rebuild his confidence. They taught him with love and patience how to overcome his emotional scars.
It was not an easy road for them or for Calypso. His scars were deep, his challenges great! But with perseverance and a blind faith they showed him a better way.
Calypso quickly became a beloved member of the family and made strong bonds with Harriet, her husband John, their 18 month old daughter Rosella and their other German Shepard Kiba. Harriet and John found the patience necessary to give Calypso a second chance at life, showing Calypso each day what it felt like to be loved, to be part of a pack and a family. Something he had never known before ...Unconditional Love !
Sadly, last night (1/8/09), Clyppy's journey on this earth was cut short, unexpectedly Calypso dashed out into the road and was struck and killed by a passing car. He was rushed, with a police escort, to a local emergency clinic but it was too late. Calypso was already gone.
Today, our hearts ache as we mourn Calypso and even more for our dear friends Harriet and John and their daughter Rosella. Please help us to send them healing energy and much strength in the coming days!!!
Calypso has left us all with a very valuable lesson, no matter what you have been through, and no matter how badly you've been hurt, unconditional love and "blind faith" together can overcome any challenges that life has to offer and we can always learn to live and love again.
Calypso is still here with us, watching over his people, with gratitude, helping us have the faith to save more like him!!
Calypso ..... Guide us well !
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when ONE suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet again, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....