Once upon a time… before we had kids we had dogs.
The first one came with Hubby, Sir Callahan the Great Dane. Callahan was brindle in color and one of the best dogs I have ever met. I remember his weight topping out at about 150. With a dog this big you learned to teach them to lay down at meal time, the phrase “back up”, and to grab the tail before it wagged you to death!
In March of 1991 we added Akita to the family. Adopted from our local Human Society Akita was a Lab- Rottweiler mix who was found on the side of a country road with crows trying to get to him. His name Akita was shortened from an Indian name that meant “little fighter” and he had a fighting spirit until the day he died.
About April 1991
Sometime in 1994 we lost Callahan to basic old age. Akita was lonely so in comes Watney. A Chow-German Sheppard mix, Watney came from a local pet store. Sweet Watney was our sad story for even though we got him when he was about 4 months old, someone had treated him very cruelly in his early months. He never really got over that and for a Chow was very submissive, quiet and probably the most loving dog I have ever had.
In December of 1996 we somehow decided that 2 dogs were just not enough and got Theisen (Ti) from a local pet store. A Border Collie-German Sheppard mix Ti brought new energy to the house along with a desire to chew on everything we owned! Named “The Woodpecker Dog” by a friend, lovely Ti chewed up our wood block furniture, the cushions on it, dad’s shoes and everything else he could find.
Sometime in 1998 maybe? This is what a house with 3 dogs looks like! They could eat 40 pounds of dog food in a 2 week period, were the best of friends, a joy to have around, and truly my children at the time!
The hopefully short end of this long dog story is that we lost Watney first out of these 3. Sometime in 2003 if memory serves me correctly. Then my first child was born in 2004. We lost Akita second, sometime in 2006 when my second child was just months old. Ti is now our only dog who reaches the very respectable age of 13 next month! (and no, there will be no more children added to the family!)
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