Dogs, dogs, dogs

Shiner and Jackie

Shiner and Jackie

It is with mixed emotions that I write this blog post. Sadly, on January 11, 2014, Shiner passed away. Without going into a lot of detail, he had a large mass in his abdomen that was about the size of a basketball.

Shiner’s passing left Jackie without her lifelong companion. We got Jackie when she was 7 weeks old, so for over 4 years, she had never been without him. It wasn’t even 24-hours after Shiner had passed that the girls asked when we were going to get another dog. I wasn’t even close to ready yet, but knew Jackie would need a companion very soon.

A couple of weeks later we started looking at some of the dogs on the animal shelter’s web site because I wanted to get a rescue or shelter dog. On February 1st the girls and I took a preliminary trip to the animal shelter to see what was available. There were several adult dogs and puppies the girls liked, but anything we got had to get “daddy” approval & pass a Jackie meet & greet. On February 8th, JR had the day off, so we took Jackie with us up to the shelter to make a decision on a companion for her.

Sydney

Sydney

The girls had fallen in love with two different puppies, and JR approved of both. Somehow I got talked into BOTH of the puppies, instead of making a decision on just one of them. Yes, sometimes I think I’m certifiably insane. However, neither of them were “ready” for adoption yet because they hadn’t completed their deworming and 2nd round of vaccinations. So, we had to wait.

Pacer

Pacer

Even though Sydney (a boy) is estimated to be about 3 days younger than Pacer (also a boy), Sydney had been at the shelter longer than Pacer and would be ready to go first. So, we picked Sydney up on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th. After a weekend of getting used to having a puppy in the house, we picked Pacer up on Tuesday, February 18th.

I will do another blog post about how the first few days have gone.

Comments

  1. Paula M Boney says:

    Oh, I am so gonna love this! We lost Isis shortly after you did Shiner. Extremely hard. I have asked Sean about fostering and he says no. I really can’t blame him. So this will be my “puppy fix”. Thank you Sherra for sharing with us.

    • Sherra Scott says:

      Thanks Paula. I figure this is better for the long, boring details than Facebook. I’ll post a link to the blog posts there & if they want to read more they can. If not, no skin off my nose.

  2. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. We recently had to have Angel (Lab) put to sleep and it is tough. We will not be replacing her. Ok, well, Willow is an addition to the family that we got last May so perhaps SHE is the replacement dog. Not that Angel will be “replaced” emotionally. Now we are down to two dogs and 3 cats. I am sad we lost Angel but I am happy we are down to two dogs. I cant wait for my daughter to venture out onto her own and take Frodo with her. Then we will only have ONE DOG. LOL Love your puppy photos. They are adorable.

    • Sherra Scott says:

      True, they can never be “replaced”, but I totally understand what you mean. Yeah, they’re really cute…until they pee on your carpet! LOL

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