Why I Admire Dogs

I was watching my dogs play and thinking about how they were rescued.

Norton was living behind a dumpster.  Buddy was found as a puppy in a box with his siblings and they had been abandoned.  Joey and Blue were both strays found on the side of the road.  Most of them exhibited signs of abuse.

With time, each dog discovered this would be their forever home.  They would always be loved and have plenty of food.  As they relaxed and grew comfortable in their new home, their true personalities began to shine through.

They all live in the moment and never dwell on their past.  They are happy and care free.  I admire them for that ability.

Happy Birthday Buddy

Buddy and his siblings had been abandoned as new born puppies.  They were taken to a veterinarian hospital in Mobile, Alabama.  The puppies received medical treatment and care until they were old enough to be adopted.

Gwen’s dog T-Bone had recently passed away and she missed having a canine companion.  Arrangements were made for Buddy to be transported to Huntsville, Alabama.

Buddy has become a wonderful friend and companion to Gwen.  He also gets along great with the other Thaler dogs.  Buddy is friendly, caring, energetic, and intelligent.  He is a wonderful dog and is loved by everyone.

Today, Buddy turns 3 years old.  Of course we had a special doggy birthday cake and all of the dogs got a new toy.

Happy Birthday Buddy

Congratulations Little Boy Blue

Today is Little Boy Blue’s third adoption anniversary.  Blue is an amazing dog.  He excels in all his training classes.  He is a great traveling companion.  He has a strong nurturing instinct, which drives him to look after and protect his brothers.  He is loyal, friendly, and loves to play.

Happy Adoption Anniversary Little Boy Blue

Rescuing a Bee

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Various flying insects land in the puppy pool and since they can’t get out, they drown.  If I find one that is still alive, I will rescue the poor soul.

The other day, I found a bee in the pool.  It was desperately trying to get out of the water.  I put my hand in the pool, slowly moved under the bee, and lifted it out of the water.  Then I took the bee to a safe place for it to dry off and rest, while it recovered from the ordeal.

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This wasn’t my first bee rescue and if you are wondering do I ever get stung.  The answer is yes.  However, I don’t blame the bee and I continue to rescue them.

I am the Bee Rescuer.  🙂

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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Forever Dog – Forever Home

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Joey is 8 or 9 years old, because of his size he is considered geriatric.  When I look in his eyes, I can see the age.  Joey suffers from arthritis, is more prone to getting sick, requires more trips to the vet than he did as a younger dog, and sleeps twice as much as our other dogs.

Physically the years are taking a toll on Joey; however, he still has that awesome playful and loving personality that made him so popular at the dog park.

When I see post about a senior dog being abandoned at a shelter, it breaks my heart.  I brought Joey home almost 6 years ago and I made a promise to him that day.   I promised to take care of him and give him a home for the rest of his life.  Joey loves me and he trusts me to do just that.

Joey is a forever dog and this is his forever home.