The way I imagine it happened:
G*d had His weekly Friday meeting before Shabbat. Gathered in a serene place that I can only dream about, He requested the presence of all the doggie souls.
And it goes like this.....
"I have a very serious position open on earth. The placement, though one of the toughest I have ever assigned, is really quite rewarding - should you decide to take it."
Standing amidst all His canine creations, G*d spoke and the doggie souls listened attentively, their ears perched high.
"A woman on earth has been through more than what I had ever wished for one of my children. Your job will be to help her heal."
"She had a childhood of things - not love. Of material gifts, not hugs or kisses. But her then adult years are what is most troubling to Me. And the earth almost lost her."
"She was a victim of extreme abuse. Violence, emotional and psychological abuse, and has had so much pain in her life. She was raped, beaten, and almost destroyed by someone close to her. A man. I am ashamed to say this man is of my own creation. I cannot control what free will those humans have so I had to watch this and wait...."
"This woman is no longer in that abusive relationship. The awful man keeps at her in court with legal and financial abuse, but she is hanging in there. Thank goodness she left him, but she did not leave unscarred. This man hurt her with all the vengeful ways a human is capable and in the worst way - he took her children, brainwashed them and taught them to hate."
G*d paused. Even G*d gets choked up sometimes. Wetness rolled down His cheek, as sadness leaked from His eye.
"So, this woman who made her children her life....well, her children were ripped out of her life when they were 14 and 17 years of age. And you can only imagine the hole that has left in her heart."
"Your job is to fill that hole with every ounce of love, hope, trust, and kindness that I have created you with. You will be a blessing to this woman. You will help her heal."
"You will teach her to trust, where there was only disillusion. You will teach her to love, with every ounce of her being. You will teach her that she will be okay. That there is life after abuse. And it can be wonderful."
"It's certainly not going to be easy for whoever decides to take on this huge mitzvah. You will have help, though. I will be with you every bit of the way. And I have already put many of my best people in her life's path. Oh, and she has a special person in her life that you will have to share some attention with. But that will be fine - you can have some learning time, too - everyone should learn how to share."
"She has severe PTSD from all she has been through. You will have to be very protective of her. She truly needs you. She is sometimes afraid to go out in the dark, afraid of noises outside the house, and a bit cautious of strangers. When you hear the slightest sound or disturbance on the property - you will have to alert her and bark like crazy. She needs to know you are her safety net. When she takes you places, you must check out the people around you with your extra senses - if they seem a bit off or dangerous, you must let this human know and guard her."
"You must bring her joy. Every morning when she awakens, you must let her know that she is so very special and the center of your own universe. But also make room for that other special human in her life - and be kind to that man,too. His name is Steve."
"Make her laugh. Make her smile. Other dog souls may enter your family with her - but know you are the blessing she so needed. You know what? Let your tongue hang out - it will make you more unique and she'll smile a little more."
"This woman is called Julie - but she will refer to herself as your Mommy. She is one of my strongest survivors. And she is doing her best now to spread My work of repairing the world and helping others. I pray her past will not become someone else's future."
A doggie soul stepped forward. G*d smiled with pride.
"You will not be sorry, little guy. For she has more love in her heart than most. And she is going to love you more than you can imagine!"
"And you will be named - Asher. A true blessing for healing and all wonderful things in My world. Wait, she is a bit of an unusual one....let's change that spelling. For you, too, will be unique. Ascher with a c."
"Thank you, Ascher with a c. Now get to work down there on earth. Love and be loved. And know G*d is with you."
Ascher - a blessing in my life for 6 years now.....