Across the United States, the third Saturday in July recognizes Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day. In short, don’t go through life with regrets.

I wrote this earlier this year and it seems appropriate to post an edited version today.

In the year I’ve been writing bios I have never seen this many amazing dogs together in one place. The bad news is that we have a long way to go in our efforts to spay or neuter dogs down south. The good news is that we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds, personalities and more.

Please come and see these amazing doges because they need homes and you need love.

When we were thinking of getting a dog and then adding a second one to the mix all I could think of was what could go wrong. I had had some not great dog experiences. I was worried about affording the extra costs and how in the world I would train them. I talked myself out of a dog for the first two years of my brain injury because all I could think of were all the things that could go wrong.

Playing the woulda, coulda, shoulda game is easy. A huge part of me wishes that I had not been so afraid of getting a dog when I so desperately needed one. I know that now. But had I said yes to a dog I would not have Coconut who is, sorry to tell you, people, the best dog in the history of dogs.

I would not be using my limited gifts to write about dogs and I would not be taking such an active role in changing lives.

Things work out when we stop being afraid of all the things that could go wrong and we focus on what could go right. The storm has passed, the weather is not so hot, and today looks like a dog day!

We are open today until 4:45 and Sunday from 9:00 – 3:45. I hope that many of you will focus on now the fact that now is the perfect time to bring a dog into your homes and your heart.