Her soft, gentle eyes drew me instantly to her. All black, German Shepherd, 10 little white hairs sticking out her chest, Jezebel's little roly-poly body played with a plastic water bottle while I signed the paperwork.
Pets are one of the greatest examples of vulnerability. In most cases, they will die before their masters, yet dog owners fall in love with their dogs and have a deep sense of protectiveness for their canines.
Taking care of Jezebel became the way I learned how to take care of myself. Everyday she had to eat three meals. Everyday we sat down together and ate our meals. I learned patience with her, which turned into patience with myself. For all the times it seemed as though she and I were not moving forward in training, in eating, in housebreaking, and in exercising, there came occasional breakthroughs for the two of us that showed the light at the end.