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Old 10-28-2017, 08:13 AM   #71
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I rescued a Human today...

Folks... touching thread, quite a bit different than most on the forum. We’re on the front-end of our life journey with a ‘rescue’ dog although I was taken aback by the term when first used on Luna, a lab/retriever mix we adopted from the Utah Humane Society last month for my daughter. She is too great of a being to need to be rescued by us, and as someone close to us said: “it was just meant to be.”

We’ve never owned a dog before, just cats (we still have 13-year old Callie.) This summer after my daughter had both of her very best friends move away, leaving her bored and a bit sad, I offered to finally get the dog she had asked for many times before. The counter argument had always been the cat and letting her live out her remaining years first.

I’m glad we got Luna, and the cat is resilient and adjusting (mostly avoiding) just fine. The dog was a good remedy for the daughter’s simultaneous loss of both her best friend at school and her best friend in the neighborhood.

Who ‘rescued’ who? Well, we needed Luna and she needed a good home - win/win. She’ll be a good camping companion and gives Mom/Dad a reason to get out and walk/jog, more exercise being a fringe benefit of having a dog. She won our hearts from the moment we met her in September (photo below from the shelter.)

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Old 10-28-2017, 08:35 AM   #72
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The thing about dogs...they are so..very..unconditional..always.

They never have a bad day, when it comes to their love for you...they read you better than any human, and are always, always a soft place to emotionally land.

After Doug was stricken, in front of Lily, and then died, she insisted on sleeping next to me in our antique double bed at home...that she had never been allowed to share, because there simply wasn’t room.

I would put her down, then wake up in the night to find her there. She would have no part of not being at my side, all the time.

I fully believe she was not only trying to comfort me, but was traumatized by the loss of her beloved co-owner and trying to protect me from whatever had taken him.

And having her there, by my side, was and still is an irreplaceable emotional comfort. It helped me thru, and still helps me 3 1/2 years later.

Something of a four-legged security blanket.

They do their very best to care for you, protect you, and show their love...there is simply nothing comparable.


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Old 01-30-2018, 05:40 AM   #73
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On domesticated dogs

And aren’t we so very glad they have become our beloved, loyal companions.

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I love my rescue dog more than anything or anyone on planet earth.
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when I die, I want to go wherever they went."


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Luna Amarillo just got a new cozy 2Pet portable dog crate for sleeping under the table in the AS. This is foldable and more practical than the bulky plastic kennel that sort of overwhelms the trailer (though I do think the addition of Luna to the family is a good reason to upsize to a 30’ Classic someday soon.) She won’t spend time in there other than a safe spot to sleep (fleece cushioned) under the table at night.

What a great dog and welcome addition to this camping family! Looking forward to the end of winter, hopefully soon.

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She has a very sweet face.


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Thanks, Maggie - she is simply a great dog... people lover, playful, energetic, athletic, trainable (hoping she can someday learn to fetch the morning paper), good with other dogs, and mostly well behaved - although a bit of a chewer (toys get destroyed.) She’s not much of a barker and I have no complaints other than the one time she stole a rotisserie chicken off the counter and devoured it entirely. She was fine but we did get a lesson out of it, along with a $350 vet bill...

Hope all is well for you now, as I do occasionally read you posts. My Airforums enthusiasm wanes during the winter months, so I’m pretty erratic at checking in.

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