"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." Samuel Butler
As with many of you, I have had the joy of being a pet owner for many years. When my last dog, Tutu the Yorkie Terrier, died, I said I would not own another pet. But fate plays tricks on us. In August of 2005 Baby the Boxer came into the back yard wearing a collar but no tag. When I clapped my hands and called her to come to me she began wriggling her back end like she wanted to play. It was so funny.
There was no response to signs or ads. She had no micro-chip and when I drove her to different neighborhoods, no one recognized her. So, I became a pet owner once more. Here is my Baby that everyone loves:
Then, on the evening of July 4th, 2008, Thumper came running around the corner of the house next door, wet, dirty and scared of the loud fireworks being shot off in the neighborhood. She also had a collar with no tag, no micro-chip and no one recognized her or answered my fliers and ads. I figured she had been on her own a while because her nails were worn down to nubs. She also had an infection on one leg. Long story short, I became a two-time dog owner. I named her Thumper because she is a Shepherd and has a looong tail that she thumps against things when she is excited. She and Baby have become best play friends. Here is shy Thumper:
What is also nice is that during this time I also took in three stray cats and all five animals get along fine with each other. Baby kisses the three cats
and Thumper likes to lick them. Of course, with her long tongue, that turns into a near-bath for the cats.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." Josh Billings
So, in honor of their anniversaries, I wanted to share their stories with you. They are dear companions now. I think they know they are loved and no longer lost or abandoned. As much as I have been able to improve their lives, they have enriched mine even more.