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#367: Home of the Stray Doggies

Saturday, July 03, 2010

"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 emoticon emoticon emoticon 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.

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  • no profile photo CD5178852
    Four legged examples of being 'lost but now are found!'. Ours is a spiritual wandering away... but these guys are a reminder to me that we are LOVED, LOVED, LOVED!
    3888 days ago
  • THEADMIRAL
    What sweet puppy dogs! Thanks for sharing their stories with us, you soft touch you! emoticon emoticon Vikki
    3892 days ago
  • NOTFATCAT
    You are very fortunate to have these great animals appear in your life, and it sounds like you have done right by them.

    3892 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    I think that is awesome! Thank you for sharing their pictures with us!
    3892 days ago
  • PENNYAN45
    You are a real sweetheart for taking in these animals and loving them as you do.
    Not everyone would do that.

    They are lucky to have you for their owner!

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    3892 days ago
  • MALEXANDER4
    Oh lou, how I can relate.....three strays and 16 puppies (who go to their new homes in one week) later, I know the love you feel. The joy and the comfort of dog or cat ownership knows no bounds. I think the lord knows what he is doing when he gives us "strays".
    3892 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Awwwwwww thank you for sharing your furry babies with us. What beauties! It says so much about your heart to see how you have embraced them. It's much the same way you embrace those of us who literally don't FIT into this world. Thank you, Lou, for who you are. You are such a special man.
    3893 days ago
  • SHERRYTOO
    Great story! You saved them, and they entertain, love, protect, and worship you. I can't imagine not having dogs (and I also have two cats), There are days when there is dog hair rolling though the house like tumbleweeds, but it all works out!
    3893 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    Oh, what a nice story! So glad that you rescued them. They are beautiful and healthy looking pups.
    3893 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Awwwwwww... they are SO CUTE! I'm glad they found you and are happy now. Have an awesome weekend.

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    BTW, Jack has been cowering in the bathtub since last night. He won't even eat, poor thing.
    3893 days ago
  • SIERRASAGE
    Aww...that is so wonderful! So heart-warming. And look at how adorable they are! emoticon Hugs to them--and the kitties too. :) i have been feeding 3 strays cats & 3 ferals. The strays are super adorable, they act just like pets. :) Only difference is their "home" is outdoors in the neighborhood. Big "pat on the back" for all of us who take in strays. They definitely enrich our lives!
    3893 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5078271
    Beautiful! In the last two months I have "lost" 2 of my dogs, leaving me with 2 and saying "NO more"! But, last Monday, on my birthday, I found a little boxer who had apparently been abandoned and she has now taken over my home (as well as my heart!) God truly blesses us in wonderful ways!
    3893 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    emoticon They look so sweet! I would like to see a picture of your cats too. emoticon Thank you for sharing with us. Happy Anniversary Blessed Pets! Hugs, Joy
    3893 days ago
  • TINKERBELL200
    That' s so awesome Lou! It wasn't a coincidence they showed up in your yard! God knew you would take good care of them as well as enriching your life! He always knows what we need, before we do! Thanks for sharing this. It really blessed me! We once had 3 dogs and 13 cats, who we had accumulated as strays. I was pregnant and by the time I delivered we just had our 5 adult cats left. We found them all good homes. It was just a little too much to take care of with a new baby!! But again God knew where to send them!
    Have a wonderful 4th!
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    Lynne
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    3893 days ago
  • MARYANNSQUEST
    Lou, what a wonderful man you are, I too believe that God sent them to you knowing that they would be taken care of unconditionally. They all sound so precious,Thank you for sharing their anniversary with us.

    emoticon Happy Anniversary Thumper, Baby and those 3 adorable kitty cats! emoticon
    3893 days ago
  • DEBRITA01
    emoticon God sent them to you for a reason...They may have needed you but, you reap the benefit of the unconditional love and devotion that dogs so willingly provide. Sounds like a win-win situation...the dogs couldn't have found a more perfect home! Thanks for sharing their story.
    3893 days ago
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