The young girl was star-struck by Nova, a fluffy white rescue dog, the moment they spotted each other.
I just looked into her eyes, 12-year old Sapphire remembers of their first face-to-face meeting, and she looked into mine and I just knew.
It was love at first sight for the pre-teen and the 11-month old Great Pyrenees who romped together in the park in a get-acquainted meeting. Nearby her mom, Sue McDonald, chatted with the dogs foster mom and Kat Shaddix who heads CARE (Columbia Animal Rescue Effort).
But even though there was a spark between the West Richland middle school student and the bright-eyed dog, there would need to be a heart-to-heart talk between mother and daughter first.
A very short talk.
My mom looked at me in the car and said, This is our dog, Sapphire smiles at the happy memory of a year ago.
Theyd had one dog, Cloud, when Sapphire was age two and then a husky, Star, who had died a short time ago. So after a Petfinder.com search showed a gorgeous Pyrenees named Nova, Sue was already taken with the canine.
I love coincidences, Sue says about all the names referring to heavenly bodies, and it felt like it was meant to be.
Within a few days of the initial visit, Sapphire (named after the Sapphire Mountains in Montana) and Nova were playing and snuggling at home.
What I love so much about her is that shes my best friend, the only-child of divorced parents says quietly. Ive had days when Ive come crying home to Nova (after school) and I would spill it all out.
Thats when Novas head tilts and it licks away a tear. The sweet bond between them is one reason why this petite brunette has such a heart for abandoned animals dogs and cats that need help.
I was playing ball with Nova in the backyard, the sixth-grader remembers, and boom! there it was to give back to the people who gave me my friend and sister.
So grateful was Sapphire that she threw a birthday party recently, asking her six guests to bring money to donate to the charity rather than gifts for her. The total, including her own, was $150 to be given to the nonprofit rescue group CARE.
My puffball Nova has taught me that not only did I rescue her, Sapphire says thoughtfully, but that she recued me. And then she adds, It was very fateful when I got Nova. I felt like God gave me the match.
Together, a gem-of-a-girl and a loveable dog that brightens her day. Its a match made in heaven.
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