Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dog Days Diary

"And suddenly you know:
 it's time to start something new
and trust in the magic of beginnings."
    -- Meister Eckhart

February - March 2017
All journeys have a beginning. After two years of mourning, I was finally ready to share my life with a four-legged companion. I adore all breeds, but the terrier group is my favorite--I'm enchanted by their pluck, vibrant personalities, and comical expressions. 
But finding one wouldn't be easy. The dog world had changed, with breeders advertising "teacup Yorkies" and "micro" Yorkies. A cottage industry had sprung up around teeny, tiny dogs, along with designer breeds of all sizes. As best I could, I narrowed my list. First, I began with a mid-state breeder. Most of the puppies were reserved before they were born. I emailed for information, and in a few hours, the breeder replied with photos: she had two newborn puppies, a girl and a boy. Cuteness! My journey was over. The lady answered my questions about the sire and dam's health and temperaments. But something stopped me from sending a deposit.



"Just do it," my husband said.
 "No, let her be," Bandwidth said. "She's got one of her feelings."
After making a few calls, I discovered that my instincts had been correct. It was best to keep looking. 
The next breeder was a sweet lady, but a family illness had caused her to take a leave of absence. She told me to check back in the fall. In the meantime, I narrowly missed the chance to adopt two rescue terriers. I felt sad. It had taken me so long to reach the point where I could look at pictures of dogs, much less look for a companion. But finding a puppy, older dog, or rescue is beyond our control. So much depends on luck and timing--and maybe a little magic, too.
 Breeder number three showed her dogs at AKC events, and she was knowledgeable about breed-specific illnesses. One of her terriers had just delivered a litter of healthy puppies, but they'd all been spoken for. In the show world, this is common. Promising puppies are kept -- any pup can be the next Grand Champion. People wait months, even years, on waiting lists. The breeder was waiting to see if another bitch (the correct term) was expecting; she should know in a week. Like many responsible hobby breeders, she was interested in building relationships, not selling puppies. She told me to email her (which I did). She also invited me to stop by a dog show so we could meet. 





"Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.'
-- Dean Koontz, American Author

In the meantime, I discovered that I love taking pictures of dogs. By going to shows, I was getting an up-close education about different breeds; and every single dog wanted to be my best buddy. 

For now, that's enough.



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34 comments:

  1. Have you considered a rescue dog? Wire Fox Terrier Midwest is an amazing organization. Check out their Facebook or website.

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    1. Oh, yes, indeed. My timing has been off with rescues, but I've got a call into a lady who is involved with rescue. Love Wire Fox Terriers. I saw two at a show last weekend, and I sat on the grass beside their X-pen and watched them play.

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  2. I definitely know how you feel. When we wanted to add another dog to our family, we knew we wanted another long-haired chihuahua. However, we didn't want to buy from a breeder. So I started following a chihuahua rescue group on FaceBook. There were at least 5 or 6 dogs that I applied for that I never heard another word from. Not even an email or anything. But then along came Mariota. I heard from the shelter within 15 minutes of applying for him! I was approved to come pick him up the next day. When the right dog came along, everything fell into place like Dominoes. I'm a firm believer that everything works out the way it should, so I just know you'll find the perfect member for your family :-)

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    1. So true, Jessica! The journey unfolds at its own pace. Loved hearing your story about Mariota.

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  3. Aww I thought this story was gonna have a happy ending!! Its just a matter of time, right? Just like us. Our puppy came at the right time, now it's all about our Oliver. Love this post!

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    1. I thought it would be a happy ending, too, but it just wasn't to be--at that time. I know it will, though. :-)

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  4. I too am partial to terrier breeds. We have had some kind of a terrier or mixed terrier in our lives since we married nearly 30 years now. We currently have a rat terrier - we love her. Her mama was our first rat, we let her have 2 liters of pups and then we had her spayed. This is one of her daughters. Looking at all the cute dogs and puppies in your pictures - I love the 2 fox? terriers in the cage! Adorable! Good luck with your search - yes, things happen when they happen the way they are supposed to happen.

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  5. I share your angst in your search for another to share your heart. It is so hard to do! I love your pictures, and hope that they help.

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    1. I was surprised and thrilled to discover how much I enjoyed meeting dogs of all breeds and ages.

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  6. Oh I don't know that I could ever live without a dog at all. But we've always had at least two dogs, sometimes three. Looking back I can see how that helped me through the loss of a dog...I always had at least one who grieved with me.

    Right now I only have one little dog inside & my husband has a large guard dog outside. With each dog I think I can never love the next one anything like the one before but somehow it happens!

    I considered a Yorkie. My son gave my daughter-in-law a Yorkie & for awhile early in their marriage we ended up keeping her because of problems with pets at their apartment. We so fell in love with her! So when they bought a house & took her home I knew I needed a small dog...all my previous dogs had been large breeds.

    In looking at dogs & talking to breeders, a breeder Yorkie breeder suggested I look at Morkies. Not AKC registered but she thought a Morkie would be a better fit for what I wanted. The more I researched them the more I fell in love. Our sweet Maggie has been with us almost 3 years now & I can barely leave her to run errands...she is the sweetest most fun dog we've ever had.

    As we've done in the past, as she ages I'll consider getting another Morkie puppy. We've done that & had great results. Yes, we have to kind of protect our older dog from the new kid but the benefits are worth it for us. The older dog teaches the new dog manners. It seems to bring fresh life back to an old dog & they both are never alone once the puppy learns how to behave well when we have to leave the house for a short while.

    That's my dog story! I've so enjoyed your dog pics & am very happy for you that you've decided you're ready to get another dog. I can't wait to meet him/her.

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    1. Enjoyed reading your story, Jenny. I love the notion of the older dog teaching the young one manners.

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  7. I know there's a special baby waiting for you, Michael and I believe it'll happen at just the right time. It's so hard to get another, after loving the ones before so much. When Shiloh died, I didn't think I'd ever love another dog as much as I did him, but one day, we came across a sign that said "one more Chihuahua left" and the minute I saw him, I knew. Probably not the smartest thing to do, since who knows what you're going to get, but at that moment, I didn't care one bit. I had found "the one".

    I hope you find your baby soon, my friend.

    love,
    rue

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    1. I love the relationship you have with your dogs, Rue. The story of Bubba is one of my favorites.

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  8. We have lost several dogs over the years. It never gets easier. Having multiple dogs of different ages, and always getting another younger rescue to learn from the senior. It works well, and eases our sorrow as well. There are so many wonderful dogs who need homes. Just when we thought we would stay with one dog rather than get another when one passed away, something would happen. Our 11yr old boxer came to us via our daughter, who baby sat her for a year. When the owner decided he didn't want her, we gladly kept her. That was 7yrs ago.
    The right one will find you, just keep your heart open! Marie

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  9. I clicked over to read about your mourning and I couldn't read the whole story, I started crying right away. I've lost pups, which has broken my heart, and the healing always went quicker when I adopted a new furbaby. Right now my old girl, Lily, is 14 1/2 and I don't know how much longer we'll be blessed with her. Her daughter, my little monkey, has never been alone...so I've started applying to adopt various dogs I see here and there on TV or online. They are always gone before I even get the application finished....and my heart is happy for them but sad for me. Finally I've been pre-approved at a local shelter, so I can pounce on any pup I think might be a good fit for our fur family! Wishing both of us luck on our search for our new babies!

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    1. You are so smart to get pre-approved. I'm going to look into that. Wishing you great luck in your search!

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  10. Take your time - you will know when you see the 'one'. My wonderful lab, Bo, has been gone for a few years now, and I'm just starting to think about another dog - they have so much love to give you it's a shame not to feel that, and I'm just starting to realize I can make room in my heart for another...It will be hard to follow Bo, but I will try...

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    1. It will happen, Patricia. Wishing you love and luck on your journey.

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    2. We lost our 16 yr old black lab, Onyx, in Dec. I understand how you feel. I LOVE dogs, but cannot even look at a large dog yet! My vet says "When the time is right, one will find you". That is the God's honest truth! That is how we found Onyx after my chocolate lab died back in 1999.
      God bless!
      Sharon

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  11. My pupsters are SO important to me! I have been told the little teacup breeds have many health problems. I don't personally know that. My ex and I were married when I got these two. And he insisted on dogs that weren't rescues. But I think now I'd have to rescue a pet that otherwise might not have a chance for a home. My conscience eats at me for all the ones that don't get that chance.
    Brenda

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  12. It took me four years to get over the loss of my poodle, Duncan, and another year of looking to find my sweet maltipoo Baci. I had looked at so many rescues, adoption sites and shelters, only to be disappointed over and over. It has been my experience that the older small ones (which was what I wanted) get scooped up very fast. Then, one night as I was looking at puppy videos on youtube, I fell in love with a tiny black & white ball of fluff. I contacted the owner, we met, and after five years I finally found another furbaby to love. Hang in there, the right one will come along, and you will know when it's meant to be.

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  13. Oh, I too am heartsick that you haven't had any luck. I did not see the recent controversial movie about the multiple lifetimes of a dog, but it would bring such comfort to know that they could come back to us! C.S. Lewis said, "Man with dog closes a gap in the universe." Amen.

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  14. The right one will come along when it's the right time. It will happen. There are so many puppies and rescued dogs that you will get what you want and will worm their way into your heart. What a great mama you will be.

    Mary

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  15. Finding the right breed from a breeder you trust can be challenging. I think you're wise taking your time! I'm total, I have owned 6 standard poodles, 3 in house currently. Each time, I felt like I was jumping through hoops dealing with the breeder! My last breeder wanted several references and it was a painful process adopting our dog! Having said that, our new pup is great! Wait it out and the perfect dog for you will present itself!! Beautiful photos! I'd take all of them!!

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  16. It's so very hard to fill the hole left in your
    heart when a beloved pet leaves us. But that hole is
    just the right size to be filled by a furbaby that needs us as much as we need them. Glad you're kind of leaving it
    up to chance. Hope it's soon though, lol. I love
    happy endings, or happy new beginning s.

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  17. ML-

    I am sending up some prayers for you - the perfect four-legged friend is out there for you - hoping you find one another soon.

    Your pics are so cute. Glad you are feeling the need to have another, I know it isn't easy.

    Hugs. ♥

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  18. In the fullness of time your new dog baby will come to you...

    We lost our dog, Lily, about the same time you lost yours. It was rough. Unexpectedly, a few months later an opportunity arose for us to adopt an old chocolate lab named Birdie. We are friends with her former owners. Our hearts had alway gone out to her because she suffered from benign neglect. She had no water in the house. She went out only once or twice a day. She was ignored 98% of the time. The family grew and there was very little space or time for her in their hearts. The husband of the family brought her when she was a puppy and really did love her. But he married, his bride was not all that interested in the dog and then his career took off. Thus the decline into busy-ness and finally, neglect. When we visited she knew we loved her. She would come and practically throw herself at us and look so sorrowful when we left. When they moved we asked if we could have her. And now we do.

    Here's the thing - we thought we weren't ready, but her situation melted our hearts. It was the right thing for us to do. It has been such a privilege to spoil and pamper our sweet old girl. We are making up for the" years the locusts ate up". She won't be with us too much longer, and we will sorrow and mourn again. I can hardly bear the thought of it. But, bringing her joy - I would do it again. And I probably will. Because of Birdie, I have developed a heart for those that have been left behind.

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  19. I just love your positive spirit, and how you listen to your intuitions, Michael Lee. I know that one day the right pup will be there for you. How wonderful, that while waiting, you've discovered a passion for taking photos of dogs.

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  20. Two hearts will meet and both lives will be richer for it, yours and theirs. I hope you soon find each other and wish you joy and bliss.

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  21. I've been reading your blog wondering if you were going to get another dog. Your furbaby is out there and waiting for you.

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  22. I have a mini schnauzer; my favorite breed! He is sweet tempered, loving and curious; and just a bit too stubborn at times! I also have a smaller mixed rescued dog. He, maybe, has some terrier mixed in; he's also very sweet and loving and a bit spunky. I love my fur babies! I'd be lost without them!

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