The Dogs of My World
Let me introduce you to Smokie, Ander, Brodie, Marbeline & Vilulah (in proper order:)
Smokie, the Loverboy, is now almost 2 years old & when he was born with mange, the original owners had hoped it would go away. Six months later they had a bloody mess of a puppy on their hands. He would not walk, barely ate & spent his days confined to a front porch with flies swarming around him. The original owners were going to drop him off at Animal Control. Six months of weekly treatments & lots of good old fashioned love has brought this dog to nearly 100 lbs of pure love. His spirit is such that it is like he remembers the pain he felt & he is filled with affectionate gratitude. He is my ticklish loverboy. Just a run of my fingers across his back sends his entire body into a near orgasmic body spasm.
Ander, the Giant, is pictured next. She is, presumably, a little younger than Smokie. She was found, skin & bone, and reaking of swamp in the middle of the road. Problem being the road was a highway & not in a populated area. I'd like to think that she was not dumped, but perhaps jumped out of the back of someone's truck during their travels. We tried to find original owners & we tried to find her a home. But she ran away from them & showed back up here. So, after three baths, she no longer reaked of rancid, soured waste water and after about 8 weeks, she began to really fill out. We just wonder, when will she quit growing? She is the softest, sweetest thing and when she looks you in the eyes, you get the sense that she is an 'old soul.'
Brodie, The Talker, is all dog. He comes from Gordon Setter Rescue because original owners supposedly said he kept running away. I don't beleive it. I think that he was not running 'away,' but running after something...be it a squirrel, bird, or even thunder. He cannot clear our fence, so we don't have that problem. When we had the doghouse closer to the fence, I saw him jump up on it, then jump over the fence so that he could chase the thunder. He's crazy like that. he is the oldest of our dogs, about 8 years old, we think, and is the least domesticated. he likes to point, gets excited when he hears a gun fire & is very vocal in telling us all about the goings on in the yard.
Marbeline, also known as ass-biter, came from pitbull rescue. She was pulled from a breeding house for fighters. Many of the dogs there had to be euthanised. She was barely a month old & thought to be a future bait dog, since she is mixed with Sharpai. the first time I saw her, she was at the vets office & she literally ran up to me, then as I squated down, she ran up me and curled into a little ball in the small of my neck. I said 'oh my, this little thing is like a marble!' the girls at the office told me her story & said she was posted on-line for rescue-adoption. 4 weeks later, they called me. They had interviewed 13 of the 15 prospective adopters to no avail & wanted to know if I would take her...she was answering to the name I inadvertantly had given her on our first meeting...Marbeline. We call her ass-biter because everyone things she is a ferocious dog, lol, and we just prefer that they continue to think that. truth be known, she & Smokie are the two most tender & affectionate of all of ours dogs. They both have an innate sensitivity towards children & babies.
Finally, there is Vilulah the Crazy Girl, named after a small community & church in South Georgia. She actually came from the garden center of the local KMart. She is the most spirited of all of the dogs. She is 11" tall and 33" long & we beleive her to be part Corgie & part border Collie. She loves to go camping, she loves to swing and will go under water, nose & all, to get what she wants. She'll hang out all day long in the hammock if you let her & she's up for any thing. When strangers are coming up the street, she's the first to let me know. She is a total Momma's girl, as crazy as she is.
I KNOW THIS DOES NOT INTEREST MOST OF YOU, BUT THESE WILD BEASTS ARE A SIGNIFIGANT PART OF MY WORLD, consuming a signifigant amount of my affections, time, energy & yes, money. I adore them being in My World & am driven to share them here. Should any of you be considering getting a dog, please make sure that you have plenty of all of those things, plus some patience and a fenced in backyard :) peace/love
Saturday, August 19, 2006
The Dogs of My World