Helzberg - Kismet - Wellesley, MA

Jen and Barnett Helzberg. Wellesley MA
Kismet – Rescued through Nashoba Valley Bernese Rescue
Bernergarde # 84430

Kismet (Kizzy) literally fell into our laps when we least expected it – and just when we needed her most. Her timing was flawless and the chance of her finding her way to us was truly Kismet (meaning: Fate; Good Karma returned).

On December 10th, 2011 we lost our beautiful, beloved thirteen year-old Berner, Colby. Her temperament was everything a Berner should be – sweet, gentle, and so eager to please (she was also a certified pet therapy dog). If you searched for “unconditional love” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Colby: head tilted, listening intently and smiling from ear to ear. She was extraordinary in every sense and when she died - we found ourselves in deep, inconsolable sadness.

During this time, I received an email from Anya Wittenborg, the Chair for BMDNV Rescue. Tragically, she lost her beloved Berner boy the very same night — also at Angell Animal Hospital. Anya wanted to let us know — that while we were probably not ready yet – also on December 10, 2011, (the very same night that Colby passed) — NINE puppies were born to a rescue Berner, named Bailey.

I mean, what are the chances? How many stars had to align? That’s Kismet. Slowly, that heartbreaking December day felt a little lighter and I found myself smiling each time I thought of those precious puppies being born on the same night. Anya’s email felt like a glimmer of hope and a reminder about the circle of life. I couldn’t help but think of the lyrics to Sara Bareilles’ “Winter Song”:

“I still believe in summer days.
The seasons always change
And life will find a way.
I’ll be your harvester of light
And send it out tonight.
So we can start again
Is love alive?”

Just when you think you can never open up to that kind of pure, unconditional love again - an email drops into your inbox…with a puppy. Kismet.

Is love alive? Over time, our rescue puppy unlocked our hearts and helped us heal in unimaginable ways. This picture was taken the day Kismet came home. With a gleam in her eyes, her daily antics are comic relief. Our bouncy girl is so full of life and I tell people she is the gift that keeps on giving. With a big “swiss kiss” on her neck, Kismet is the greatest reminder that love and laughter are infinitely alive!

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