Joey – In the Beginning

Joey is a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix that I rescued six or seven years ago.  He is in the geriatric phase of life now, so he spends a lot of time sleeping.  Joey is still happy, outgoing dog, and loves to play; however, he gets tired much faster and needs a longer time to recover.

Joey’s life story is filled with humor and I think you will enjoy reading about him.  I decided to do a short blog series to tell the story of Joey.

The story starts with my previous dog Brownie.  He had cancer and passed away one month shy of his 14th birthday.

I lived alone at the time, so without Browine the house felt empty.  A friend recommended the PetFinder website.  I scrolled through the pictures of homeless dogs, but my heart was broken and I was not interested in any of the dogs.

The next day, I was stumbled upon a picture of a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix.  He was at the pound in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  He had a goofy grin on his face.  He looked happy, even though his living situation was not that great.  I could tell from the picture this dog has a good heart.

I called the shelter and asked about the dog.  The poor boy had already been there a month.  I left work early that day and drove two hours to get my new dog.

When I arrived, I told a shelter worker which dog I wanted to adopt.  I was taken to a yard and the dog was brought out, so we could get acquainted with each other.

As soon as the dog saw me, he ran and leaped upward at me.  His massive frame slammed into me and just about knocked me off my feet.  His tail was wagging at break neck speed and he was drooling all over the place.  I smiled and told the worker, I wanted to adopt the dog.

We went into the office and I started filling out the paperwork, while the worker was sitting in the waiting room with the dog.  There was a young boy also sitting in the waiting room and he started petting my new dog and then he decided to drape his whole body across my dog’s back.  The dog just looked at the boy and wagged his tail.

I felt reassured that this dog had a great personality and would make a great pet.  I finished my paperwork, loaded the dog into my SUV, and we drove home.

I got home and started thinking about what to name the dog.  I watched as he explored his new home.  He was running around and having such a great time.  He was also jumping a lot.  He was jumping side to side, jumping forward, jumping backward, and jumping just to be jumping.  I decided to name him Joey (like a baby kangaroo).

I had no idea what kind of havoc Joey was about to bring into my world.


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