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Ella and Lucy's Story or How I Ended Up With Two Dogs

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lucy is a black lab mix. My youngest son, Paul, rescued her from the animal shelter. He got her 1 month before he joined the Marines. He had just got married, and he didn't want his wife to be lonely. They lived in an apartment that was too small for Lucy, so she went to Paul's in law's house. They house trained her, but she liked to dig. They had a manicured lawn and didn't like Lucy's gardening expertise! So, Paul asked if Lucy could stay with me until he got stationed. I said alright. In the mean time Paul and his wife, Katie, were divorced. Paul was sent to Japan for 2 years, and I was stuck with Lucy. I say stuck, but she has become part of the family. Who could turn down those sad brown lab eyes?
Ella is a husky. Ella belonged to my oldest son & his wife, David & Angie. Angie saw her in a neighbors yard with some other puppies. Ella looked to be neglected and malnourished. Angie rescued her from this bad situation. Angie always had a soft spot for puppies, but when they grew up , she didn't want to fool with them. They have a miniature schnauzer, and when Ella grew up , she would fight with it. David wanted to keep Ella, so he asked if Ella could stay here until they found a good home for her. He said he would buy her dog food and take her to the vet. That was 1 year ago. He took her to the vet to have her fixed. (We had some unwelcome visitors). The past two months, he hasn't bought dog food for her. So we told him we would feed her Lucy's dog food. He agreed to buy every other month, but that didn't happen either.
My wife, who was against this idea from the beginning, has warmed up to them. She would make fun of me when I bought them dog toys and treats. Now she buys them dog toys and treats! It appears they have weaved us around their furry little tails.
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    I understand all of this completely! We weren't looking for a dog when we got Lexie either but she is so much a part of our lives now.
    1825 days ago
    They sure have a way of getting into our hearts. Good on you all for taking care of them.
    1826 days ago
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    1827 days ago
    They're lucky to have you. I spent most of the last 20 years volunteering in our local shelter and have heard so many excuses. Some had legitimate reasons. Some will haunt me to my dying day. I believe most shelters are doing their best to find homes for these animals, but the sad reality is many will never be lucky enough to have someone to buy them toys and treats. 🐱🐶
    1827 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/20/2013 3:20:22 AM
    I remember when I was in college and had a Collie and horse to care for on a students budget, working part time. Yeah well, I rented a room and a stall near college and we had an earthquake that scared Kelly out of the yard and nearly caused my horse to be buried alive in his stall but he ran out as it collapsed around him, giving him only minor cuts. Kelly was lost for 3 days when my parents got a call that someone had her and wanted to know if I really wanted her back. Keep in mind she had 7 ID, rabies and vet tags on her. No, i want my dog back please.

    Every time I had a crisis of money or space or whatever, my parents took my dogs and cats in and loved them like they belonged to them. I was blessed that way, with great parents.

    Those two dogs of YOURS are right where they should be. They are well cared for and loved and not moving from place to place. It is a huge commitment to take in a animal. Many young people go into it with their eyes not fully opened. It is parents like you that keep this kind of thing from becoming a horrible situation. As someone who rescues dogs and cats and sheep and well I will take in anything. I have seen some pretty horrible situations.

    God bless you for loving those two fur babies and your children enough to take over their oops when they got into pet ownership before they were really ready.

    BTW, both are adorable.

    Parents ROCK!!!!

    1827 days ago
    That is how we wound up with our current resident, Faith. She is a Sheltie that my daughter adopted from some friends in Michigan. She rode home in the car with us, two days and 1200 miles! Ever tried to find a motel to stay in with a dog? It isn't easy!

    Our other dog, the lab cross (pictures of both in my photos) was a rescue dog from a friend who moved to Washington state. They are both members of the family now! emoticon emoticon
    1827 days ago
    Thought that I should let you know that you are not alone. We already had two dogs and now we have our sons two, too! They do have a way of worming their way into your heart! You've got some cuties!
    1827 days ago
    What precious pups. They are little darlings.
    1827 days ago
    1828 days ago
    It's known as a parent's love. It's so hard to say no to our kids when it's not harmful.
    1828 days ago
    Cool! I love dogs! Rescue dogs are the best.
    1828 days ago
    It is wonderful that you took them in. Far too many would have shipped them off to the pounds to be "Put down" emoticon
    1828 days ago
    This sounds familiar. This is how I ended up with an "extra" cat. It doesn't take long for them to become part of the family, though.
    1828 days ago
    Yes, that is exactly how you get two dogs- or even more LOL
    1828 days ago
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