Monday, September 28, 2009

Take Me Back Tuesday ~The Dog Post

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.

09-28-2009 07;07;18PM

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.

09-28-2009 07;10;12PM

December 1995

09-28-2009 07;12;51PM

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.

09-28-2009 07;18;50PM

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!)

Now that you have been Taken Back through our dog story go visit my friend Kari to see some other Take Me Back Tuesday posts!

A Giveaway Addicted Mommy for Take Me Back Tuesday!

A Giveaway Addicted Mommy


Peggy said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a great comment. I was tickled to see that you are now following too. I still smile when i see a new follower.
I love dogs and I admire that you had three at one time. I had three westies at one time and I would trip over their names when ever I would call them..BONNIE MACKY BUDDIE..sat that fast!...All seems run together! we ended up with one black Lab that weighed 94 lbs. Now I thought she was big and then i saw your great dane. Holy smokers...he was a big boy.

Denise said...

Beautiful dogs!!! We've had that many big dogs at one time, but ours always lived were brave to have them in your house.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Mrs. Cox.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Oh, what beautiful dogs :) Pets definitely make wonderful "pre-kids". I love Great Danes :) Such gentle giants...

NateAndJakesMom said...

I had dog children too so I can relate. Now in a house of boys I have a little girl dog so I don't feel completely outnumbered.

I cannot imagine having a Great Dane - They are so sweet but soooo big!

Nina said...


We had the dogs first and they were our first children. They are eight now and I would swear they are worse than my kids most of the time.

Both my lab and golden retriever are the biggest chewers I have ever met. Don't leave a sippy cup or toy out, it will be gone before you return home. I thought we would get past this phase but at 8 I think it is just habit now.

Whimsical Creations said...

Beautiful dogs!

I had kitty children before kids.

blueviolet said...

You have had all pretty good sized dogs too. I can imagine there must have been some pretty chaotic moments from time to time!