Lisa Borucki tells us about her soul experiences with her beautiful Briards.

How did you meet, and how did you know this animal was special? I had to have my first Briard, Natasha, put down after 12 1/2 years together. It just about destroyed me. My grief was all-consuming. Tash was my first furry child. She was with me until she knew I was safe and cared for. Then it was her time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. It was the most heart-wrenching decision, and the week it happened was horrible. Afterwards, I kept her bed beside mine on the floor for several weeks. Eventually, my heart stopped hurting all of the time. Eventually, I was able to make it through the day without breaking down into sobs. Eventually, I was able to move on.

My then-husband and I decided several months later that we wanted to get a Briard puppy after I finished my bachelor’s degree, about 12 months down the road. We joined the Michigan Briard Club and went to a Briard Specialty, even though we were “dogless.”  I love how God works in our lives. At this Specialty, we met Shirley, a Briard breeder from Canada. We shared a love not only for the breed, but for NHL hockey. I was a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan, she a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan. She invited us to come up and attend a game when the Wings and Leafs next met on the ice in Toronto. During one email exchange, Shirley said it was too bad we wanted to wait for a puppy as she had a 15-month-old female she wanted to place in her forever home. My then-husband said, “Let’s go meet her.” He told me that I wasn’t the same person since I had lost my beloved Tash, and he wanted us to get another dog. We made the trip to Canada to meet Roady. The rest is history. We added Ringo to our family a year and a half later.  He brings his own unique personality into my world.

Do you feel that you and your pet have a spiritual connection? Roady and I definitely have a spiritual connection. I call her my “heart” dog, as I believe she brought my heart back to life after I lost Tash. She gently wormed her way into my heart, wrapped herself around it, and simply loved me. As I very much wanted but was unable to have human children, she has filled that void. She is my child—fur and all! She knows when I need her love. She will sit at my feet and raise her paw to me, her way of saying, “Hey. I am here and I love you.”

What special things do you do together? Roady has a routine after she eats that makes me smile every time. I call it “napkin dog.” She will rub her face along the wall or the edge of the bed. Then she will drop her head to the floor, leaving her “wiggle butt” in the air, tail wagging happily, at warp speed. I am required to give her a “butt rub” until she’s had enough and lies down on the floor, rolling onto her back, ready for her belly rub.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the deep connection you and your pet have? I am not sure who said it, but I truly believe the following quote: “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.” My ex-husband can confirm this to be true, at least in my life. I am not the same without the love of a dog in my life. There is something missing; a void. Roady and Ringo are constant reminders to me about unconditional love. No matter how long I am gone, when I return the greeting is always the same: wagging tails and smiling dog faces.