This photo essay begins with my parents. Fritz was their shelter dog who was “supposed to be” a small mixed breed, but his body grew to match his personality. Before his Alzheimer’s, Dad used to say, “Let’s talk, Fritz,” and they did.
Maggie was our first rescued dog. For 13 years she was Jim’s hiking buddy, my cuddle pal, and a treasured member of our entire family. She was included in all travels, every hike, holiday and event. She was also Scout’s “angel” who made our hearts ready for the last puppy in her litter, waiting for us to find her at the Humane Society.
From the first hour, Scout got plenty of hugs, love…and also a lot of patience. (Chewing has been her favorite sport, as seen in top picture.)
This is Scout with “Squeak,” her first chew toy and still her favorite little friend. Like a baby with a favorite blanket, Scout can’t go to sleep at night unless she has Squeak.
Dogs bring their own new friends into the family. Here, Scout rests with her friend Kodi, a chocolate poodle, after a busy play date. Kodi’s parents Jeff and Karen, have coffee on the deck with us, Scout’s parents. Kodi is now in training to be a Companion Dog. We miss her.
On previous posts, I’ve shared our daughter’s family pets: Munchkin, the kitten adopted from a farm family; and Duchess, the gorgeous all-black German Shepherd who was adopted from a soldier being deployed from Ft. Riley. All of our pets have made our family bigger, better, more patient, and also pet-happy and very fur-friendly.
OCTOBER IS “ADOPT A SHELTER DOG MONTH” Shelters are always looking for good adoptive “parents” and are also in need of donations to continue providing for homeless animals.