Who Rescued Whom?
Mr. Bean and I first laid eyes on each other in a busy, Ft. Lauderdale parking lot. When I first saw him, he was 12 or 13 years old, had a broken leg, ulcers on his eyes, and weighed about 4 pounds. I honestly didn’t think he had a day left, much less a month. When Mr. Bean first saw me, I was sad and lonely, a little lost and very tired. And it’s quite possible that maybe he didn’t think I had much time left either. When we found each other though, there was a turning point that happened in our lives. Honestly, the very first thing I said to him was “How did the two of us end up in a place like this? It took about an hour before I looked at him and made perhaps one of the biggest promises of my life. I said, “You are very sick. It’s not going to be easy and it will take some time, but if you have it in you to trust in me, you will heal and live a happy life.” Then I think Mr. Bean turned at me and said, “You also don’t feel well. It’s not going to be easy and it will take some time, but if you have it in you to trust in me, we will heal and live a happy life together.” And so we began. I fed him little bits 6 times a day and he sat with me while I made our plane reservations. We came back to Colorado, and every day since, (3 1/2 years), has been filled with love, joy and lots of laughter. If there’s one thing about Mr. Bean, he could make you laugh and the more you’d laugh the more he’d try to make you. He quickly became the center of our family, and if there’s one thing for sure, he was really comfortable with that.
I don’t think it’s common, but once in a while, an individual comes into your life that changes everything. You are born into your family and you pick your friends, but there are those in both that you are connected to forever and ever. Well, Beans was one of those “forever connections” for me. He is my baby and my everything. Everyday I’d tell him, “God touched me the day that I met you.” There is no truer statement than that. I wish I’d met him sooner, or could have held on to him longer. But, I am grateful and feel truly blessed that I got to meet him at all. I’ll remember him and keep him in my heart … always. My Baby Beans, I love you. You’ll always be my puppy.