Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sunday Stills - Canine Companions

Our first Aussie; a rescue. Several trainers recommended that Austin be put down because he was aggressive towards humans. We adopted him (didn't have any visitors at the house for 6 months) and then learned that he suffered from epilepsy. Perhaps that is why he pretended to be so mean!  We had Austin with us for six years. We experienced many seizures, but loved his crazy antics. Sadly, Austin began bleeding internally one evening. We decided that we would not put him through exploratory surgery. We let Austin pass over the rainbow bridge in January, 2009. 



Here is Monty; another rescue. Monty and his brother, Carlo, were discovered thrown in the marsh in coastal South Carolina. We adopted Monty from a local shelter when he was 5 months old. Our 85 pound brindle was the biggest baby around. Here Monty is asking me to chase him, his favorite game. Monty developed lymphoma. He crossed the rainbow bridge last May. He was 11 years old. I still miss this gentle guy!


Monty really preferred to be an 'only' dog. After we lost Austin we decided that we would let Monty live out his life without competition from another canine. After losing him to lymphoma we felt the void. In June we found Tucker, an Aussie puppy. 


Tucker at 2 months


Tucker today - 11 months of pent-up energy!
 

To view other canine companions, check the Sunday Stills site.

17 comments:

  1. that's a moving entry - you bought a tear to my eye
    all of those dogs are beautiful & will never be forgotten

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  2. Sounds like you've been a safe haven for a number of dogs. That's very cool. Great pics and great stories

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  3. So nice that you adopted those dogs. I always wish we could do that, but are afraid of their treatment b/c we have little kids. If I didn't have littles, I'd def. adopt! I LOVE ausies: ours is half ausie and half red heeler. They are so beautiful and SMART! Ours is 12 years old and seems to be going downhill quickly. It's breaking my heart. I wish they could live much longer than they do! Thanks for the stories. Dogs are so wonderful!

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  4. Such wonderful dogs and a true testament to how our dogs are our part of us.

    Thank you for rescuing.

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  5. I love Aussies! Never had one, but I'm mystified by their eyes. I loved your stories and thanks for rescuing them. :)

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  6. All very beautiful dogs. Sorry for your recent loss, but Tucker looks like a great dog and I bet he keeps you too busy to be sad.

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  7. Beautiful pups! Love the blue eyes! I think life is empty without a dog--glad you found another to fill the void!

    Jennie

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  8. All heart dogs you can tell. I love the photo of Monty asking for play.

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  9. I LOVE the last picture. His expression says so much. "Are we there yet? Can I get out and run?"

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  10. What a nice tribute to your dogs, past and present. I love those blue eyes.

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  11. Oh your latest pup is a handsome guy..he could capture my heart in just a minute. Great photos..thanks for sharing your stories..I know there is sadness with dogs..but the happiness is worth it ! :)

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  12. Great pics. I would say those dogs got lucky and had a great life.Tucker was a gorgeous pup and has grown to be a beautiful dog betcha he keeps you on your toes.

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  13. Very heartwarming. Glad you found Tucker, his energetic face is too cute!

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  14. Tucker looks like he has enough energy to outlast all of us lol!!!

    Beautiful dogs, each and every one :)

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  15. Wonderful stories for all of your past and present companions. It's just so hard to loose them, but they enrich us 10 fold~

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