"You saved me, Penelope."

Penelope, my littlest love. How I waited, and waited, and waited for you. I was going through a hard time when I met you, I lost something very precious to me. But you came to me at the right time. December 12, 2016 was the day I met my soul mate. You saved me, Penelope. You saved me from myself.

So what does this photo mean to me?

Our story starts when I saw you - when I saw your little face and I fell in love with you. I knew I had to have you. you weren't the only one to be brought into the world on the 01/10/2016, you had brothers and sisters waiting to find their forever home. But you my Penelope, You had my heart.

The hardest wait of my life was waiting to meet you. I planned my life around you and I nested. And, I made a promise to you: although work would take me away from you, at every other time you would always be by my side.

So I booked your flights, and planned your journey to me. I waited, waited, and waited. it felt like a lifetime. But then, the day came. Your plane was late and I had butterflies, but then we met. You looked at me as the cage door opened and leaped into my arms. My heart had never been so full. You licked up the tears I let out because you were here, and you were mine. and I, yours. And in that moment, I knew I had met my soulmate, my Penelope ❤️."

- Luka Waugh, Puppy Mama in Brisbane, Australia