Rescue dog, a new friend? Everything happens for a reason,.

You guys know we lost our furry child Dakota back last November. I did exactly what I did when we lost our furry child Major (my soul mate in fur). I said no more dogs, the pain is to great when they have to leave. I can't do it again. I then cry a lot for several months. I miss them horribly. You see I am with our furry friends pretty much 24/7.  My honeyman is a hard working man who has a good job that he enjoys (most of the time) but it requires many hours from him and some travel.  I am a busy person. I do many things. I am a home body umm bordering on hermit LOL.  I am not an overly social person. I enjoy my own company and I have no problem staying busy.  Our doggy becomes a huge part of my life. I do love animals very much. Our dogs become constant companions to me. As well as a sense of protection.

Ok so lets go back many years ago. Many, many years ago when I was single and lived by myself. I came home to find a person (man) in my apartment. My senses were telling me something wasn't right. I pushed the door open and saw the figure of a man in my apartment. I ran!!! I went to get help. By the time we got back my apartment was closed up and locked up, dead bolt and all. Oh ya lets think now who in a apartment complex would have a key to your apartment? I moved out the next day! My point here is I know all to well don't get to thinking it won't happen to you. I am not trying to be scary or anything but the world isn't always a kind place.

Okay back to present time. I swore after loosing Kota (our furry boxer boy), that was it, I couldn't take loosing another furry friend. As I say they are with me non stop. They follow me like a shadow. I don't even like boarding them when we go somewhere as I have not be overly pleased with my experience of what boarding places feel is adequate care. That is a whole other post.........

So lately I have been "just looking" at petfinder.com at  rescue group dogs.  The last two doggies we have had were rescue doggies and I am big on this if its possible. I realize its not always possible for everyone. I will also say to some degree some of this is due to the rescue groups, I think most mean well, but I have contacted two that were down right rude.  I was actually quite taken back by one of them quite a bit actually..... Anyway we were thinking we might be ready to adopt again. We were thinking smallish in size this time, easy to travel with etc....or so we were thinking.......  I even contacted a Boston Terrier rescue group about a dog.  He was adopted already so we of course didn't get him. I was disappointed as he was so darn cute. But I knew the right doggy would find us/we would find him.

Well after today small is not what we are thinking. I had a scary thing happen to me that just showed me just how much I want a bigger dog again. Its a bit of a long story so I am not going to type it,  all is fine no worries. Turns out I was not in any danger, though at the time I didn't know that... I just know now that I want a bigger dog again that can be of some protection should I need it. Yes I live in Texas and you betcha we own guns and know how to use them, but if your not near where your gun is,  say your outside then what? Not like we all go around with a holster strapped on....  You know we get complacent where we live, we start to get sloppy with locking doors and thinking no one will come on our property or we live in the country so its safer right...anyway..........

So we are now looking at BIG doggies in rescue. I am talking mighty big. I filled out the adoption form. Sent it in. I have no idea if this will pan out or not. But its a start. I have always loved huge dogs.  Kota was not huge :O) he was a medium sized 56 lb fella :O)... Before him Major was a pretty good sized fella of  100 lb Boxer/Mastiff that could actually say Mama :O) and he was all about his Mama, don't mess with her!. I had a Great Dane a million years ago but sadly he only lived to be a little over a year old, but was huge never the less. Point being I do love a big old dog. So today I looked at St Bernard and St Bernard Great Pyrenees mix. You see a lot of Great Pyrenees here in Texas. I will be keeping what ever dog I get inside with me as my companion. That is what his job will be, stay with me, help me, follow me all over the farm. This dog won't be a running partner but he can certainly enjoy a walk with me or he can lay at the gate while I run back and forth up and down our road :O).   I found a rescue group not to far from us. About an hour and half. We always get male dogs. Why, I don't know we just do. So anyway I found one fella in particular I am very interested in. Again will this work out, I have no idea. You never know,  has he been adopted already and they haven't updated the site, does he have a adoption pending and it doesn't say that. Will they approve us to adopt, hey I know it sounds crazy but they get pretty picky and I can understand to some degree why.  These dogs have been through a lot usually and that is how they wound up in rescue to start with. They are hoping to place these dogs in forever homes.

Either way the hunt is on. We are now officially looking for our next big furry child. :O)... Believe me my heart is screaming DON'T do this to me again and at the same time its reeving up all the love its got to give to a new furry friend!

15 comments:

Lynda said...

Oh good for you!! We lost our precious Olive (a Welch terrier) 3 years ago...I still tear up when I think of her. I have just recently felt my heart has healed enough to think about getting another dog. I hope you have your furry friend soon.

Annie*s Granny said...

Good luck in your search. After losing my last best friend, it took me 12 years to heal enough to consider another dog. I made up for losing one big one by getting two small ones. My heart and my home are full of love once again.

TexWisGirl said...

i LOVE the great pyr's!!! there is one that lives down the road from me. his name is bear. he lives his entire existence harnessed to a zip line tethered between two trees. but at least he's no longer in the tiny kennel they had tried to keep him in. *SIGH*

i've wanted to 'steal' him for for years, but i knew i couldn't hide him on our property just 1/4 mile away. oh well...

TexWisGirl said...

(and it's about dang time, girlie!) :)

Terry said...

Texan, I am so glad to hear this! I am emailing you! xxx

DFW said...

Good luck. Adoption is the way to go unless they just find you somehow, as most all of our dogs have. We now have an adopted cat but I am near wanting another dog. We have had 5 over 30 years of marriage and it's heart wrenching when they leave us. But that unconditional love (& protection) they give is irreplacepable(sp?).

edenhills said...

I know exactly what you mean. It's so heartbreaking to lose them, but I can't imagine my life without animals. Hope you find the perfect furry child. :-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are a member of the family. I love Great Pyrenees - they are such gentle giants (and so good on farms). I hope you find just the right dog. I'm glad you've come to a place where you're ready to open your heart again.

RiverBend Farm said...

first of all, sorry to hear about your scary experiences. A big dog is always comforting and adds a sense of security. I raised Great Pyrenees years ago and they are awesome dogs. Good luck in your endeavors.

DebH said...

ah..so Happy for you! Great Pyrenees, well I sure have a soft spot for those! We also had St Bernards when I was a child. Very affectionate dogs. Now my several Pyrenees I have now are people person dogs, so all they do is intimidate people with their size until they slobber all over them. I did keep one of the pups who is extra wary of strangers and that I really really like. While I'm pretty sure she wouldn't go after someone..she will certainly make you nervous the way she might skulk around behind you. Yup..that I like alot!!

MushyWear said...

Awe, best wishes for just the right dog. My girl Freckles is so attached to me. I've had her less than two months and I am amazed at how protective she has become. Looking forward to working with a professional trainer, starting tomorrow, to help us develop proper obedience now.

Lana said...

I LOVE my Australian Shepherd, he keeps up with me, is athletic, able to take the Texas heat, is my helper with picking things up and retrieving and he is also considered a "guardian" dog. He has saved me in a couple of very scary situations. He earned my undying loyalty after those terrifying moments. These dogs are high energy, but so intelligent that they can actually be a helping companion.

Good luck with your choice. And I'm glad you are okay!

Lana

LindaG said...

Good luck!

Hilltop Homestead said...

We knew we were moving to the country when God brought us our Blackmouth Cur. Yes, they are hunting dog if trained however they are also guard dogs. So gentle and loving like a child. Ous has protected us by simply calmly putting herself between us and what she though could be a threat. Nothing violent. She just simply stood between us.

We did a lot of research before she came to us. She is a very expensive dog that we got for free because she is a rescue. That in itself is a story. Unfortunately ours was taught to hunt so if we let her out of the yard she will go hunting hog, squirrel, or even rabbit. She thinks it is great fun. If we put the shock collar on her then she stays with us. Yes, we do have one for her because she would take off and chase the neighbor's horses. I didn't want anyone to shoot her because of it. She just needed to learn who was boss and it wasn't her. She learned very quickly and we really only needed to us it once.

I'll post a picture on my blog so you can see her. We use to think she was a large dog until we got our G.P.s now she is rather small. It is amazing how small she can curl up to sleep. She is inside/outside. Trust me she is a real spoiled princess.

I look forward to hearing about your new family member. Almost all our animals come to us as rescues. There is nothing better then them coming to you saying "I want you to be my mommy." Works for me. - Genevieve

Pam said...

Blessings Texan and Honeyman for finding your next fur friend or shall I say she....;)will find you! xx