Robert's Random Ravings

I love my dogs

Woo, Dorothy and Rex

Woo, Dorothy and Rex

I love dogs. I have three of them. I frankly love them more than people most of the time. Dogs are loyal. They (usually) don’t turn on you. They really don’t ask for so much from us either. A little attention from time to time. Food. A few walks a day so they can do their business. And the rest is all bonus. The love and affection is something that is hard to get anywhere else or from anything else. Cats are great – don’t get me wrong. In fact, I love basically all animals. But there is something very special about a dog.

I remember when I was growing up and my brother and I really wanted a pet. We had a kitten for a little while, but that did not work out. Then we had a German Shepherd that was the runt of the litter. Someone in our temple got it for us. Unfortunately, we did not know too much about caring for dogs, and also didn’t think about how that little bundle of joy and cuteness was going to get really big. So we had to give that one away too.

Claire and Rex

Claire and Rex


But as an adult, I finally got the chance to have a dog. When I moved in with my partner, he had a beautiful little Scottish Terrier (Scottie) named Claire. Claire and I became fast friends in no time at all. She was just an amazing dog and a delight to all (just ask anyone that ever knew her). My partner and I decided that it would be nice for Claire to have a companion so she would not be “alone.” That’s how we ended up with my Westhighland White Terrier (Westie), Rex. He, honestly, is the most beautiful, sweet, loving creature on four legs that G-d ever created! That, of course, is my unbiased, scientific opinion. We got Rex when he was just 8 weeks old. When we brought him home, I am not sure that Claire quite knew what to do with him. But that did not last long. The two of them became very good friends and enjoyed many years together.

Rex as a puppy

Rex as a puppy


In 2001, my partner and I moved to Austin, Texas (from Miami), of course bringing along Rex and Claire. When we first moved into our first house in Texas, our yard was all full of burrs and stickers. So every time we let the dogs out, we would have to comb out all of the burrs from their coats. Rex quickly got into the habit of jumping up on the table on the patio and patiently waiting for us to brush out his coat. It is amazing how quickly dogs adapt to change.

Claire and Rex (as a puppy)

Claire and Rex (as a puppy)

A little over a year after our move to Texas, Claire developed a brain tumor and within a few weeks of that diagnosis, we had to put her down. Let me tell you that having to do that is just devastating. I still can’t fully get out of my head the idea that I killed my own dog. It is a tough thing to go through. But we had to come to the realization that she was not a human being – she was an animal. She was in pain and was suffering. We could have attempted surgery, but it would have been dangerous for her, costly to us, and ultimately would not have gained her more than a year at the most. So we made the decision we made because we felt it was the best thing all around.

Woo

Woo

To help us get over the loss, we went to one of the local animal shelters and found a new dog to come live with us. His name is Woo, and he is still with us now. He is a precious little guy that apparently had some traumas wherever it is that he was before he got to the shelter. We have had him for almost 7 years now yet he has not completely gotten over some of it. He does not play with toys and prefers to be alone or just with his human companions. He doesn’t hate other dogs, he just is more of a loner.

Woo

Woo

About 4 years ago, we decided that we would like to have a third dog, and we wanted another Scottie. We contacted Scottie Rescue of San Antonio and got on a waiting list. One day we got the call that they had a Scottie for us. His name was Collin. So we packed up Rex and Woo and took them for a drive down to San Antonio to meet Collin so that we could see if they would get along. Woo was a little aloof, but Rex just loved Collin. So we decided that Collin would make a nice addition to our home and brought him home with us.

Rex and Collin

Rex and Collin

We did not really know at the time we adopted him that he was actually a very sick little boy. When we first took him home, he developed ehrlichia, which is a tick-borne disease that afflicts dogs. After a lot of time with the vet and pet hospital, Collin recovered from this episode and rejoined the family. Too say that he was a joy to be with is such an understatement. I don’t have kids, so I don’t know what that is like, but I do understand how it is possible to have three pets that you love in very different ways, yet still love equally. Collin was very special. I say was because our time with him was cut way too short when he developed an extremely rare condition that caused his lymph system to leak bile into his chest cavity. We did what we could for him, but once again, we do not believe in extreme measures for an animal. It would only postpone the inevitable and doesn’t do anything for them. So, like Claire, we ended up having to put Collin down.

Rex, Collin and Woo

Rex, Collin and Woo

Losing Claire was tough, but at least with her, we had been able to spend 11 wonderful years with her. Collin, on the other hand, was only with us for about 16 months. It has been several years since he passed and my partner and I still tear up when we think of him. I miss him terribly to this day. But I thank G-d that we had the opportunity, as short as it was, to have him as part of our family. I believe that he was very happy with us. And I know that we were totally and completely smitten with him.

After that, we thought that the pain was too raw for us to go and look for another dog to replace Collin. That lasted about a month before we started talking about going and getting another dog. The hole in our hearts was just too big for us not to do so. So we went back to the shelter where we got Woo.

Dorothy

Dorothy

That is when we met Dorothy, a 7 pound bundle of energy that now completes our household. She is probably part Yorkie and possible part Scottie or Papillon or some other terrier, though these things are hard to tell. She is a little pistol, that one. It is the smallest dog I have ever had, but she is just so much fun. And the other two dogs absolutely love her, to the point where they let her literally walk all over them. It is actually kind of funny to watch the interaction between the three of them.

So that is the story of me and my dogs!

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02/11/2009 - Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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