Heartwarming and A Little Spooky…..

Hmm, “spooky” might not be the correct term – I’ll let you decide. The White Lion Café in Homestead is a regular lunch spot for me. A friend suggested we go there on Friday which was fine. One of the things about “The Lion” is LoryAnn Swank, Chef/Owner and her family are well known within the animal lover/rescue community. Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets to the outdoor area and there are multiple “Fundraising” events each year for different rescue groups. The “house cats” will stroll over to see what you’re up to when you’re dining outside and every so often when you’re inside, LoryAnn will stroll around with an animal who needs a new home. On Friday, there were three women sitting at a table next to us. Sure enough, LoryAnn came in with a Chihuahua. “She was just rescued this morning and needs a new home.” She went on to explain a friend of hers had been at the vet’s and realized a woman had literally dropped the dog in the parking lot and run her off before driving away. (I won’t even get into how I feel about that, but at least it wasn’t in the middle of Redland). The friend scooped the dog up, took her into the vet’s and called LoryAnn.

I was on the verge of saying, “So cute, but….”, when one of the women at the other table said something like, “I am looking for a new dog.” She had lost her Pomeranian (I think it was) a few years ago and had said to her husband she thought she was finally ready and they should go to the shelter to take in a rescue. The moment she embraced the abandoned pet, it was apparent the dog sensed her own safety. As the women prepared to leave, LoryAnn gave her a card in case she decided it was an inappropriate impulse. Later, as I remarked on the coincidence and said I was going to do a post about it, LoryAnn passed on the woman’s parting remarks. She said she had just had a feeling the White Lion was the right place to go that day because she felt as if something special was going to happen. Who knows? Maybe it was after all, no more than a couple of coincidences merging in the universe.

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