The “Rescue” dog (s)- life -lines- love

November 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm 11 comments

In the 1995 Sheena came into our lives as a rescue puppy. We had had some issues with neighborhood children climbing over the back wall into our garden. The day they put soap in the pond and killed the fish was the day I went to the animal shelter for a dog. I am not a great dog fancier- truth be known they scare me – but enough was enough time to scare someone else!

Sheena, was among a litter of 8 – half labs half shepherd- pups. Nikki and Chris each picked one out and were saying

“please please please this is the one”

but my eye caught a solitary pup in the “meeting area”. She was being looked at by a mother and father and a little one- she sat there so patient ( especially for a puppy) whilst the little one hugged and pulled at her .

Oh she’s the one I want , please don’t you adopt her , she belongs with me.

Luckily they didn’t and we did! Sheena grew and became a member of this family. Sheena would spend her evenings with my husband as they “walked and talked ” in the garden . She slept at his feet . I saw such intelligence in Sheena eyes, she knew exactly what you were saying . She took great delight in “snow play” with Chris

Oh! when she was a pup she dragged every piece of firewood from the pile onto the grass- ate off all the heads of the gnomes in the garden and would wait by the front door for the Nikki and Chris to come home from school to show with great pride the decapitated gnomes.

Fast forward to 2007 when my daughter came in from Toledo – her neighbors were moving and couldn’t take their 10 month old Lab with them. Nikki was looking for a home for the dog. She stopped off here and this tail wagging apparition with green eyes and dusky pink nose ended up at the back door and winning my son’s heart in the process. Just what I needed! Misty also had penchant for Gardens Gnomes

Oh poor Sheena, in her dotage, she was having to put up with Misty- it was bad enough when Tetley, my mum’s Pekingese, would come for a couple of days

but this “daft dog ”
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was not going away. As always Sheena accepted everyone and everything with a grace born of a champion.
However, within a few months at the age of 13 Sheena had to leave us. My husband was heartbroken, as were we all, but Misty , well Misty with her dino personality and demands to play and have her way kept us “awake” to her needs and rescued us from unhappiness .

When Chris, our son, died
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and our grief was and is so crushing, it was Misty who became our rescue dog- she rescued us every day- she walked the path of grief every day with my husband , she oozed love and compassion, she “knew” when and what he needed- warmth, love ,affection, someone to listen, companionship and she gave it to him and to us unconditionally but it was to my husband she gave the greatest help. She truly was his rescuer from gutting grief that chokes. She instinctively knew what he needed. To lose Misty was just another blow to hearts already broken with loss. https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/misty-morn-no-more-squirrels-and-pussycats-chris-dog/

Oh there is Tetley- Oh dear Tetley – my husband and Tetley have a mutual “toleration of each other”. But in his own way Tetley has become his own brand of rescue dog, his “excuse me but what about me” personality has kept my mum going after the trauma of having her home taken away in such a selfish manner-
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Tetley has been there to cuddle and talk to – he saw her through too.

I watched as the loss of Misty added yet another burden on a heart already over burdened.

She is “Shadow”- not exactly a “rescue dog in the true sense of the word” but one who is rescuing – She has the demands of a puppy- I had forgotten razor-sharp teeth, the need to be taken outside to do her business – no matter the cold- the need to play, run and chew and yes she too has discovered the Gnomes in the back garden – they too are no longer safe 🙂

She demands and has bonded with my husband to such a degree she is his shadow, hence the name.

Teltey is far from amused –

his tail held high as well as his nose is ignoring the situation, as much as he is able – in the hopes the “intruder” will leave. However, Tetley is also missing Misty and waits by the door to the bedroom ( Misty’s domain) every morning hoping she will come out I am sure to search for squirrels and pussycats once more

The Rescue Dogs- they come in all shapes and sizes and breeds – they have rescued US and continue to do so !!!

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tony  |  November 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Lovely looking pup and am sure she will turn out like the others

  • 2. Becky Smith  |  November 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Your hearts will be filled with the unconditional love of your new shadow!!! God bless you for your rescue efforts and enjoy the fun of a new baby!!!

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    It was plain to see that my husband needed something to keep him from himself – something who would ease the pain by even just keeping him busy and too tired to think- Shadow is managing to do both admirably well 😉

  • 4. Mark Teleha  |  November 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Shadow’s adorable! May you and Ritchie and Shadow all be each other’s rescuers!

  • 5. muley  |  November 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I’m a firm believer that when you lose a beloved pet, you go out and get another…..lessen the amount of time grieving.

  • 6. Dave  |  November 27, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I was sad to hear about Misty. Hopefully Shadow will more than fill the void.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    thank you everyone – she is fulfilling her position very nicely- but who is going to rescue me from her- she is a baby who demands everyones attention………..

  • 8. Anne & Paul  |  November 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Had missed the blog re Misty as away at the time. Am glad you have got another ‘carer’. Shadow looks as if she is going to be a BIG dog!!!
    Hope Ritchie still has plenty of energy for the walks.

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    well he is at least too tired to think 🙂

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