Somehow when it’s snowy and sleeting and the sun doesn’t shine everything seems worse. And being stuck inside with all of your plans changed really isn’t fun.
 
One of my favorite movies is Shawshank Redemption. Did you know it was a short story written by Stephen King? For those who are not familiar with it, it came out in 1994 and starred Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. The story goes like this.
 
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in nineteen years.
 
I can promise you all that as much as it might feel like you’re in prison, it’s not going to last for nineteen years. What I love about this movie is the closeness of these two men who were so dissimilar when it started and what friends they became in their enforced time together. Even in prison, there was stimulating conversation, music, and a feeling of not being alone.
 
One of my favorite quotes from Shawshank Redemption came from Red. “Hope is a good thing, perhaps the best of things and good things never die.”
 
And hope is what we need. Many of you are losing jobs or at least seeing your income shrink. You are in uncharted territory homeschooling your kids, spending more time with your spouse or roommate than you have in years, or ever, and feeling disconnected from your normal. That’s the worse part, being disconnected from your normal.
 
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my dog that I love him, that I can’t imagine not having him during this time of self-isolation. As I read on the sofa with him sitting on my feet or we run and play in the yard, well, we did it one day when it was sunny and it was wonderful, and when I watched him do the zoomies and then collapse on the rug to catch whatever sun there is, I know that I am blessed. And I see hope.
 
We offer hope to dogs who are in a high-kill shelter in KY. We rescue them because without us they will die. The numbers are growing at rescues across the country during these times of uncertainty. But we also offer hope to you.
 
This is such a great time to get a dog because we all need hope and dogs are simply the best at giving us love and hope.
 
Please come and visit us to see if your hope is here. He or she will make all the difference in the world not only during this “prison” sentence but for years and years to come.