One of the things I have missed during lockdown is going to the movies. It’s not that we don’t watch movies, we have Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Firestick so we can pretty much any movie we choose, but I miss being in the dark theater surrounded by the popcorn smell and the anticipation of what is to come.

A few years ago we watched a movie called set in India called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The sequel was worth missing, but the first one was simply magical. One of the Indian characters having a conversation with a British woman said, “Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end.”

For those searching seemingly in vain for a dog to be your best friend, I want to tell you that everything will be all right in the end. Do you know how I know? I know now is the right time to adopt a dog and you are willing to do the hard work of searching and not stressing that tells me it’s not the end, yet. And when it all comes together and you and your dog are finally on your way home it will be all right and it will be the end.

I can hear exactly what you’re saying. But we’ve followed you on Facebook, we’ve looked at other rescues and found dogs on Pet Finder, we go to your site every day, no matter what, we fail.

It does feel that way because you are still looking and you still don’t have that dog to take to the dog park or to cuddle when you’re streaming a movie. But there’s another quote I love in this same movie.

“The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with the disappointment, as we all must.”

You’re trying and that means you are not failing. Isn’t that a great way of looking at it? I can’t tell you how many times people have finally found a dog to call their own only to admit how grateful they are that the dog they thought was a fit got adopted by someone else first.

The overwhelming majority of people looking to adopt are beyond gracious when they lose out. I hear over and over that will they are disappointed for themselves they are thrilled that these dogs are finding such great homes. Sadly, we do have those who are absolute failures when it comes to how they cope with disappointment but we choose to focus on those who we know will search and wait for the right dog whether it’s from NEW PAWSibilities or another shelter.

This will be an off week for us because we have no dogs coming in. We are hopeful that as more states move into the next phase of their reopening process there will be more adoptable dogs. And as you search and pray and discuss what to do please remember that “Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end.”