It's time for Tuesdays' Show & Tail' over at Angela's West Virginia Treasures! If you have a cute story and picture of a pet, or any furry (or non-furry) friend, you are welcome to join in! Check her blog for the rules, post away - and thanks, Angela, for being our host!Here is a picture of an Australian Shepherd dog we took in a few years back - her name was Dyna (Dynamite!) - we also owned Nitro (short for Nitroglycerine!) at the same time. (Nitro was a few years older than Dyna.)
Dyna was a small pup when we got her from a backyard breeder who had way too many puppies. She kept the pups outside in a wire pen with a plastic tarp over it for shade. The puppies were all lethargic; now that I look back on it, I believe they had heat stroke - it was so very hot and humid for a few weeks prior to my visit to that person's property. I wish I could have been able to take all the pups! But Dyna was the one I chose, and she laid on my knees for the 45 min. car trip back to my house. We almost made it, but 1 mile to go, and she vomited right in my lap! UGH! Poor sick puppy!The pictures make it appear that her eyes were redish color, but they weren't - they were actually green! She was a very smart dog, learning to fetch and grab a Frisbee and tennis balls out of the air, bringing them back quickly. The spring of '07 we rehomed Dyna. She was nearly 2 yrs of age and had come along quite well. I interviewed a husband and wife who lived in the Detroit suburbs with another elderly Aussie Sheperd. They wanted a companion for their dog who had lost its buddy to cancer a short time before. The 2 dogs got along famously, and Dyna's new owners kept in touch with us that entire first year.It was wonderful to hear how Dyna transformed their quiet peaceful home into a place vibrantly alive with activities - and how the previously overweight Aussie who mourned her deceased buddy was now able to loose weight romping around the yard and household with Dyna! I think that is part of why I've enjoyed helping to rescue and re-home the creatures that have come my way - to see a new purpose for their lives with owners that will love and cherish them for the rest of their days.