Furbaby Friday: How Texas changed my way of Thinking

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It was May 2010 when this dog, Named Texas, would change my way of thinking.

Growing up a Dog Lover

I grew up being a dog lover. I had my first dog, Snoopy, at the age of 5.

But it wasn’t my first thought to ask “is he/she fixed”.

Puppies just came and went. Sure, I knew where they came from.. and how expensive they were to raise. It simply wasn’t a question that I asked, though.

Even after getting my first dog as an adult, I didn’t think about the idea of having him fixed. He was a boy dog. I didn’t have to worry about him having puppies.

Then Came Texas

May of 2010, a call came to me at work. They were asking to place an advertisement for free Chocolate lab puppies. My sons were at that time looking for a new fur companion, so I called the number and found myself some days later driving up way deep into the depths of an unpaved road in the mountains.. what we call “a hollar”.

I looked at a small fenced in area filled with not 2 or 3 babies, but 5 babies and their mom. The mom looked weary and malnourished.

I left that day with three chocolate labs bounding around in the back of my jeep. And a heart so heavy from what I saw, I choked down tears even in the midst of puppy kisses.

At home that night, I began to research about the health benefits of spaying and neutering, as well as the over abundance of dogs and cats in our shelters due to the lack of smart pet management. Of the estimated 6 to 8 MILLION pets that enter American animal shelters each year, 1/2 are euthanized (source: dogid ) .

Don’t get me wrong. I love puppies and kittens. I could look at pictures of them all the day long. But one litter is probably enough, if you really want to take on that responsibility.

Love your furry babies, and get them spayed/neutered. 

 

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Furbaby Friday: Sampson

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Sampson is a very interesting dog. My dad adopted Sampson from a shelter, and right away noticed that Sampson was eager to be taught. So, being a minister, my dad first taught Sampson to bless his food. When my dad feeds Sampson, Dad will say “Sampson, bless”. Sampson will fold one paw over the other and bow his head as if in prayer.

Now, yes, we all know that Sampson is not likely thanking the Lord for his food.

Do your furbabies know any unusual tricks?

 

Furbaby Friday: The story of Buffy

A few years back, I still was working in the Newspaper industry as a reporter. For a brief time, I got to live my dream of being a reporter for my hometown paper. I truly loved it.

One of the largest joys of working for my hometown paper was getting to work for Ed. Ed is more rare than a golden hens teeth. He is a lovable Christian man who is a master story teller and has a way of just making everyone around him smile. He is truly one of the most amazing men that I have been blessed to work with.

Just shortly after my dog Bishop passed on, Ed and I were engaged in one of our long conversations. Sometimes on press night, there would be segments of long waiting – waiting for a source to confirm, waiting for results of an election or waiting for many a reason. Ed asked me did I know someone who could give a home to a dog. Mind you, I had just gone through my divorce. I listened as Ed told me about Buffy.

Ed and his wife had found Buffy, wounded, near their home. Someone had somehow broken her rear leg, and she had lost a litter of puppies. Ed and his wife nursed dear Buffy back to health, but were surprised to find that Buffy’s troubles were not yet over.

Ed and his wife had (and still have) a beloved dog that has comforted them through a lot. That dog did not care for Buffy, and it was causing turmoil in their home.

I drove home from work that night, thinking about Buffy and only one thought came to mind- I want Buffy for my boys.

Buffy and “B”

I wasn’t able to take Buffy into my tiny subsity apartment. But I knew Buffy would do well, as an outdoor dog, for my sons at their Dad’s house. At that time, they were without a canine companion and my youngest son “B” had been asking for another dog.

I called the boys’ dad and talked to him about Buffy. I agreed to have Buffy checked by a Vet and vaccinated. A few days later, Buffy was taken on her triumphant journey to live with my sons.

And it was automatic love.

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(“B” and Buffy, March 2011)

“B” took to Buffy as if they had always been a part of one another’s lives. And Buffy took to him, protecting him but also playing with him.

Goodbye, sweet girl

October 2016, just one week before my sons would experience the passing of their Paternal grandfather, sweet Buffy died. She lived a long 8 years, far longer than she was expected to have lived.

Buffy’s story is much like mine. I was bruised and broken by the roadside in 2011. and CHRIST JESUS scooped me up, mended me, and cared for me. HE has given me a new story twice already since then. When my days are over, I hope someone will be able to say of me what “B” said of Buffy when she died:

“Momma, Buffy loved me most well.”

Furbaby Friday: Pets

Growing Up

The first pet that I can truly remember having was a dog. He was a collie-German Shepherd mix that I loving called Rambo. He was a golden tan. I fed and watered him daily and played with him sometimes. But all too often as an awkward 13 year old girl, I would have my attention pulled towards exploring and reading.

Over the Years

In July 1998, I found Bishop. There was an ad in the local newspaper for free Collie-German Shepherd pups. Bishop took one look at me and I was his. He was smart beyond words. He learned to shake hands, beg, and roll over rather quickly. But more smart was the loving way that he was automatically protective over my sons when they were born.

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In 2011, after a move and other life events, I thought I would give pet ownership a chance again. I lived in an upstairs city apartment, which would not accommodate a dog but would a cat. A lady that I knew was giving away a little grey kitten that she had found, so I took the kitten in. Her name: Beret.

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There were two problems: One, my oldest son seemed to be allergic to her. Secondly, she was feral. I ended up rehoming her and finding myself yet again petless.

And then, my life changing moment. The day Mr. Carson James adopted me. February 8, 2012

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Mr. Carson is a full-blood Basset Hound. All ears, and all love. From Day one, he loved me well. He could fetch, but that was about the extent of the tricks that he could learn. But he was (and is) and exceptional listener. He would lay on my feet daily while I told him my woes and joys. Due to life changing yet again, I would leave him with a family friend where he still lives today.

And Along comes Joel The Brave

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June 23, 2017, I became the human for Joel the Brave. His markings indicate that he is an American shorthair or perhaps a tuxedo cat (with only one white spot). He has been one of the best things that I have had happen to me so far this year (notice I didn’t say the best, though. More on that another time.)

So, there goes. The pets of my life thus far. Tell me about your pets.