I have owned one dog- (borrowed, really) Her name was Thumbalina and she was a Great Dane- all black and she did not have her ears done-so, she looked like a black lab (a big one) until she moved around, and then she was like a piano moving around (except faster)
I’ve been married for 30 years and we just had some significant birthdays so I suggested getting the puppy we have been talking about for a year- I found a breeder here on the Cape and in early March we went to pick out a puppy. (here is the link)
We chose the Australian Shepherd & Labrador mix known as Aussidors
We had 4th pick of 9 puppies -but it occurred to me that we could get 2 puppies- Why not? I’ve never had a puppy and my wife never had a puppy and -they can play together and -they will keep each other company and -they will be so cute together- So we did. Two puppies.
Some people tried to warn us- but where were they when I was on my way to see these cuties? (I’m glad they weren’t with us!)
We got these 2 cute puppies and named them Quinn (short for quinquagenarian) (Quinn-qua-gin for short or Quinn-binn) and Mozzie (aka mozz, Captian Black Leg, mozzle-nozzle, mozzel-tov, mozzie-mittens, mozzie-mayhem, pasta-mozzule, rasta-pasta-mozzule and like one more nickname each day)(as a tribute to Dave Thompson the great nick-namer)
Quinn is definitely more Lab than Shepherd and acts a lot like a dog- Mozzie is more Shepherd and acts like a little Jewish mother- keeping an eye on Quinn and saying stuff like: ‘don’t put that in your mouth- don’t touch that- get back over here, you’re going to hurt yourself- etc)
Quinn has one blue eye (common among Aussies) and we heard that it is good luck because, according to Native American legend, it will ward off evil spirits- but, so-far it just seems to be warding off ‘brains’. Aussies are known as ‘really smart dogs’ so I put up a copy of the periodic table by their crate but, they don’t seem to care.
Dogs view the family as a pack and blend in and find their place etc- in our ‘pack’ each puppy thinks that the pack has all the family members and ‘a dog’ (they both think the other one is the dog)
Sharing your Life with a Dog-
God arranged Dog’s lifespans so that we could have many dogs in our one life. Although your dog is in your life for a short time, relatively speaking, your dogs whole life is spent with you. (whoa, mind=blown)
God actually made animals first- (think about that) -He probably used to hang out with the animals and play with all of them. Rabbi Kushner interprets Gen 1:26 in context with the animals, God makes the animals and then says- lets make a new thingy- part teeth, hair, eyeballs etc, like you animals and part ME- Spirit. Kind of a special ‘hybrid’- flesh and spirit in one thingy- let’s call it :”Man”. Then he let Man name the animals (like letting your kids name their pets- kinda cute actually)
So- we are now sharing our lives with a couple of cute, ‘wild’ animals. We brought them to a puppy orientation class- and they slept thru it (on our laps) We are committed to training up these wonderful little doggies and we have stacks of books and advice flowing in upon us-
‘therapy dogs’ -oh, ya- these puppies are ‘therapy’. They started right away by putting us on an early morning ‘face-the-day-while-its-still-dark’ schedule to break us of any comfort and old habits- then they love us to death and make us laugh out loud.
God is using them to enhance my life and I am grateful. (everybody in the Bible had animals) #prettycool
PS; I feel like my Mom, up in Heaven, is happy for me- (she would probably even want to hold them-! (and all my cousins and aunts and uncles laughed!) I know my Dads happy-