Friday, February 13, 2015

Behind Every Sane Woman is a Good Dog

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This Face Melts My Heart

Six years ago 
I dog sat someone's Pomeranian for three months. 
I loved that dog. 
She left a hole in my heart.  
So I went on Petfinder.com to find my own Pomeranian. 

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White Whiskers on the Right. 

Ever practical Mr. Engineer was not too thrilled with the idea. 
He said, "No more dogs." 
(We had one at the time.) 
I changed the ringtone for his calls to"The Grinch."

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Black Whiskers on the Left. 

But I perused Petfinder daily anyway.
I found a 4 month Pom puppy
that had been rescued from an Ohio Puppy Mill.
I made arrangements to bring him home.
Mr. Engineer was still saying no.
He didn't know about the arrangements.
Quite the quandary.

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"I Hear My Friend Mia Barking Over There."

A friend who knew my quandary talked to my husband,
I have no idea what she said,
but Mr. Engineer reluctantly relented
and I brought my puppy home.
I named him Nittany in honor of my husband's alma mater
and I changed the ringtone back.

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Basking in the Sun

The poor little thing was petrified of everything.
He had spent four months of his life in a crate in a barn
not even let out to do his business.
All he was good for to the breeder
was eventually breeding more puppies.

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A Random Burst of Energy 

Now he is a happy part of the family
who has just been inside and outside 5 or 6 times,
ate something disgusting
and now doesn't feel well.

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So, about that sane statement...
I'm reconsidering.






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31 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post and a handsome dog. Well done for giving him his forever home.

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  2. Mia is adorable! Love the shots, they are full of life and energy.

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  3. It's difficult for me to understand how anyone could operate a puppy mill. Mia is so lucky you adopted her!

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  4. beautiful story-our pets are so special. we had our Nikita for around 14 years before she passed two years ago-I had never been so sad it took me over a year to really deal with her loss-as she was so much a part of our family. at our age now I didn't want another furry family member and I just couldn't wrap my head around "replacing" her. so our outdoor kitty that we have had for over 10 years has now moved in with us-she is such a blessing too--so your story really touched my heart-hugs

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  5. i love the don't shop bone at the end. what a beautiful love story for the day before Valentine day. there are moments when we wonder why oh why we rescued Baby.. but they are short and gone in a flash... loved your story

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  6. A wonderful story of rescue. My daughter and significant other just adopted a bigger dog, part lab, and he is a loving and adorable pet. He is still a little skittish at times, and no one knows what he may have endured.

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  7. He's adorable! What a beautiful story... so glad you got him.

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  8. God bless our pups! Can't imagine my life without them :)

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  9. What a great story and beautiful photos! Neither of my dogs are fond of the camera, so it's tough for me to get them to pose.

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  10. She is sooooo cute and looks she had a lot of fun. So glad you got her out of the place. I get so angry when I hear of this puppy mills.

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  11. Very cute, and such a heartwarming story. My grandma used to have a pomeranian named Samantha. After my grandpa died, she would sit on top of his boots and growl at anyone who came near. She was really his dog.

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  12. Many years ago I took an apricot Pom puppy from a military family who was being sent overseas and could not take him with them and drove him over a thousand miles to my parents'. My mom had always wanted a Pom. My dad, who was a big burly fellow, huffed and puffed, but the puppy grew up to do lots of sitting in my dad's lap and gave them many years of joy!

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  13. I hate puppy mills.

    Nittany is gorgeous.

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  14. Awwww - I bet when Mr. Engineer finally came around your face resembled the one of your 'puppy basking in the sun'. I hope one day we will have a dog. And then it will be a rescue, too. But for now - we both work full time = not a place for a dog...
    p.s. I can't believe your Pom has got black and white whiskers - how cute is that?!

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  15. I'm not a dog owner but I think your pooch is the cat's meow!

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  16. Oh, Rebecca, he is beautiful and he looks like he knows he is loved. What more could any dog ask for? A true love story for valentine's day.

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  17. Oh my gosh, the fact that he lived in a crate in the barn for that long breaks my heart! I am so glad you rescued him! We had a Pomeranian growing up named Timmy.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. What an adorable little fellow.... I can totally see how he captured your heart

    mollyxxx

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  19. What a great story! Our little Bugsy is a puppy mill dog, having lived his first 2 years in a cage. He brought some baggage with him that after 7 years are still there but we have learned to handle. All in all he has been a wonderful companion and certainly deserving of a better life.

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  20. What gorgeous pic of your pup!! He is lucky to have found you!

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  21. Aw! There's a little tear in my eye....I LOVE this story - rescue dogs are the best. So glad you found each other and that you got to change your ring-tone back! :) Lol!

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  22. What a darling little dog. I'm so glad it now has a forever home and is loved the way it should be.

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  23. Bless you for rescuing this precious pup. He's beautiful and I can tell he is happy and loving all the attention you give him...What a happy ending to a sad beginning....

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  24. Hard to stay away from pets at my house. I have two rescues, and they are my entertainment many days of the week. It is fun to have someone join me when on a shoot until they wreck a perfect shot. While I hunt, they join me.

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  25. Love this post! How sweet! Glad the pup is doing well.

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  26. Yes, adopting is the best way with a dog or cat. So many need homes and are rewarding company.

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  27. Oh so beautiful and full of energy. So nice you have taken him under your wings so to speak. God bless your heart.

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