I've realized, once again, that beauty is not skin or fur-deep. Seeing beauty comes from the soul.
Of course, I cared for Shyla immediately and wanted to help her. However, that's different from having a deep bond with her.
Today I realized that I haven't compared Shyla and K even once in recent memory. I will miss K forever but this incredible young dog has stolen my heart. She has her own soul, mind, and personality - and our bond has grown to a level that I didn't think would ever be possible again.
She goes to my Physical Therapy appointments with me, and she has become a clinic favorite. Employees and patients both adore her for her sensitive and loving spirit. I even get asked to introduce her to specific patients who might enjoy having their appointments lightened up by meeting Shyla. She's still working on being comfortable with strangers so her "intuition" about what specific people need is not perfect yet. But, I can see that it will grow strong with time and more life experience.
P.S. My internet has been very erratic since our storms so I apologize in advance if I can't post or visit blogs.