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On 1/27/2007 everything conspired to make me late on my way to work. I was job-hunting and considering several that required weekly travel. I turned a few corners around the mostly empty research park, across from half-built apartments and condos neglected by the builders for months, by one of the few landscaped areas with a few palm trees, bushes, and a retaining pond with fresh water. Out of the bushes came a little yellow dog, who practically walked into the car, as if expecting a friend to be inside.

I stopped. The dog had no collar. Most likely, it had been dumped.

It was a little timid, but friendly. I put it in my car. Now what? I would be late to work if I turned around to leave the dog back at home. It was a cool for Miami morning, so I could leave the dog in the car while I made some phone calls to shelters.

When I went back to the car to take her, I saw she was probably pregnant. I put my name on the list to adopt her, even though I didn't think I could keep her. On 1/31 she was available for adoption, but they told me a pregnant dog was not adoptable and that a rescue organization was being sought. Good, by the time her pups were born, I'd know my job situation and could adopt her.

Imagine my shock when on 2/3, I called to find which rescue had claimed her, and instead they told me she had an abortion, was spayed, and this was going to be her last day alive. I went first thing the next day, hoping it was not too late.

Veterinary Care and Human Services ( had tagged her for Monday pickup. Carol met me that Sunday and helped me get Destine (des-teen) on 2/4. Six years later I have taken the traveling job and Destine, but managed with the help of pet-sitters. Destine is smart, sweet, obedient, affectionate, mostly content, a little sad. We both feel blessed that our destiny was to find each other.

Doral, FL

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