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This is Storm, a German Shepherd/Husky mix. Full of energy, pretty crazy, kind of neurotic. Won't push open a partially open door, won't get any closer than 2' from a heat register in the floor, will not go anywhere near water. Loves to go when I'm cutting wood, loves to just sit in the truck with a window down, which is good because I can't trust her to just let her out. She's too inquisitive and just keeps getting farther away without paying attention to anything else. Always down for a ride in my truck. She can move the fastest of any dog I've ever seen, her speed is incredible. She's 10 now, but is still like a pup. Very loyal, loves people she knows. She is a rescue that came all the way to Michigan from Tennessee.

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6 hours ago, RBootsMI said:

This is Storm, a German Shepherd/Husky mix. Full of energy, pretty crazy, kind of neurotic. Won't push open a partially open door, won't get any closer than 2' from a heat register in the floor, will not go anywhere near water. Loves to go when I'm cutting wood, loves to just sit in the truck with a window down, which is good because I can't trust her to just let her out. She's too inquisitive and just keeps getting farther away without paying attention to anything else. Always down for a ride in my truck. She can move the fastest of any dog I've ever seen, her speed is incredible. She's 10 now, but is still like a pup. Very loyal, loves people she knows. She is a rescue that came all the way to Michigan from Tennessee.

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looks like she and the baby get on well however. 

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I always thought they had this rescue thing backwards. IMHO it's usually the dog who winds up rescuing the person🐕😃

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I don't know why I'm just noticing this thread...reminds me of one we had a few years ago. It was in late 2013 and into 2014, many of you may remember my story about losing my Diesel, and then taking in his mother. Here's the excerpt from back then....

"One more chapter in the book of my Diesel...

Meet Pyper everyone...she is an 11yr old lab that we are blessed to welcome into in our family. Pyper is the mother of our beloved Diesel, whom I just buried on Wednesday, January 1st. after being missing for 2-1/2 months. Pyper's owner had passed away in October, the dog left to the care of another family member, who really couldn't care for her. She was living in a junked car, being fed once every day or two, without human interaction for days on end.
 
I found out about Pyper on Saturday evening through a FB post, and realized her plight...
 
I felt in my heart, as did my daughter Beth that we owed it to Diesel to love and care for his mommy in the sunset of her years. We went and rescued her on Sunday afternoon, and brought her home. She's been bathed, doctored and fed, and this morning when it was -11 below zero, she was quite content lying by the fire on the bed where her son used to lay. I don't know whether she needed me as much as I needed her...
 
It just proves to me one more time that the Big Man Upstairs works through our heartaches...

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To further add to the story, Pyper and I had a good run. In February of 2016 she lost the use of her back legs. A couple months of vet treatments and she still wasn't better, however she wasn't in any pain at all, had a great appetite, enjoyed wrestling and chewing stuff up, she just couldn't use her back legs anymore. She and I adapted over time. Doggie wheelchairs were of no use to her because she really couldn't walk a whole lot at one time for any length of time even before she got sick. I carried her hips in my hands and let her walk with her front legs several times a day to keep her muscle mass. If I was going to the shop to work I'd carry her to the shop, all 87 pounds of her. If I was working in the fields, she'd ride the carryall or ride the loader bucket...and she was happy as she could be.

She and I enjoyed life together until July of 2017...she became sick on a sunday morning, and I spent most of the day laying with her in the floor. Later that night she joined her son Diesel in the comfort of my arms...

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Just before I lost Pyper a wonderful friend of mine gave me a beautiful 7year old boxer named "Buddahcup" in May of 2017. Unfortunately I lost her to cancer, suddenly 3-1/2 months ago. She was precious in her own right...but probably the neediest clingiest dog I've ever loved...

Her only fault, other than leaving me so soon, was she constantly hogged my front porch swing <3

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MAN DC! What a bad run you have had!

You are one of few to give of yourself to these cast away dogs.

I am POSITIVE there is another out there awaiting to connect with you. 

Keep up the selfless fight!

RIP Buddahcup/Pyper and Diesel

 

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MTO,

That's not all of it...unfortunately.

I had another rescue boxer in 2015-2017...Coyote attacked her in the field late one summer evening. She was down at the tractor shed where I was putting away equipment. She wandered off back off into the field to the edge of the woods. I heard the vicious fight but didn't find her until the next morning.

Carmy Lou...

Her & Pyper were best buds. Even after Pyp got sick, she would stay right with her.

I went to the shelter two weeks ago and took home another senior lab. It didn't go very well though. He & I were fine, but he wasn't well socialized, aggressive to the neighbors dogs, dogs of my other family members, and most unfortunately my 11 month old grandson...I felt I had no choice but take him back. In many ways it was harder on me than losing any of the others...I don't know if I'll ever forgive myself of that guilt, but know the guilt of him harming my grandson would've been far worse. I gave the shelter another contribution to pay for his vet care, and next forever, adoption. It was tough, I'm not over that yet.

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5 hours ago, DC Snider said:

MTO,

That's not all of it...unfortunately.

I had another rescue boxer in 2015-2017...Coyote attacked her in the field late one summer evening. She was down at the tractor shed where I was putting away equipment. She wandered off back off into the field to the edge of the woods. I heard the vicious fight but didn't find her until the next morning.

Carmy Lou...

Her & Pyper were best buds. Even after Pyp got sick, she would stay right with her.

I went to the shelter two weeks ago and took home another senior lab. It didn't go very well though. He & I were fine, but he wasn't well socialized, aggressive to the neighbors dogs, dogs of my other family members, and most unfortunately my 11 month old grandson...I felt I had no choice but take him back. In many ways it was harder on me than losing any of the others...I don't know if I'll ever forgive myself of that guilt, but know the guilt of him harming my grandson would've been far worse. I gave the shelter another contribution to pay for his vet care, and next forever, adoption. It was tough, I'm not over that yet.

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Hang tough DC. You`re my kinda guy. 

There is never a shortage of dogs looking for homes thanks to selfish/greedy/cash hungry breeders. 

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We acquired "Annie", a Husky / Lab mix when my oldest moved to a ranch where he couldn't have a dog. She was the quietest, sweetest girl. Her thing in her older years was growling at the younger two when they got to running or wrestling in the house. 😋

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