Going to the Dogs

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…or as we say here in Texas, going to the dawgs.

My family is big on dogs.  Big, hairy, messy dogs.  Husband and I have had them our entire married life, with only a sad two-year period when we were dogless, yet Boy’s crusty cantankerous 18-year-old, then 19-year-old, cat remained.

We started our married life with two goofy inbred yellow labs that no one wanted.

Bip and Bop.  Bip died before she hit two-years old, yet Bop continued well into doggy old age and was the dog-love of my life. I still miss her big brown eyes.

She was as gentle as velvet against bare skin, yet as ferocious as a momma bear when need be (need be came around once in her life, and she was magnificent protecting Boy and me).

Next was Perseus, or Percy as we came to call him, named by Boy. He was our first male dog. I thought that a male might not be as protective of us, but he did his job well, always alerting us when anything or anyone happened by.  Husband traveled frequently for business and Percy was a great companion and watchdog in his absences.

When Percy got sick and we knew he wouldn’t recover, it broke our hearts in so many ways.  I honestly thought I’d never own another dog after he died.  The joy he brought us was so complete, I just couldn’t bear the thought of another.

Then came Dexter.  As for the rest of our mutts, he was a rescue.  He’s our empty-nest baby.  He came to us unexpectedly, but has been the Best. Dog. In. The. World.  Not to mention adorable.

Take a look for yourself:

1st week in his new home:

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His cuteness grows:
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He laughs at all my jokes:

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He plays well with others (this is his pal, Lucky):

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He tolerates my let’s-see-if-he-let’s-me-do-this shenanigans:



He’s a happy happy part of our family and we can’t imagine life without him:

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What about you?  Got a pet you’re crazy about?

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  1. Awwww, he is such a cutie! The furries really fill up a big space in our hearts, don’t they? My rescue Schnauzer, Charlie, is the most loyal companion in the world–never too far from me and always up for adventure. I cannot imagine life without him 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness, too cute! My parents just got a new puppy now that they have been empty nesters for about two years and they love that dog!

  3. You are so brave. A puppy! He is too cute. I have a rescue Doberman, Casanova (so appropriate). He is 11 now, a little stiff in the morning and he doesn’t like stairs. Until recently I did foster care and he always had playmates that he loved romping with. It was very rewarding to place them in wonderful new homes. I’m a big believer in rescues. I’m totally smitten with Cass. He is my best friend, makes me laugh at least once a day, lets me know if something is amiss, inserts himself between me and whoever is at the door. Oh well, you get the idea. I could go on forever. Congrats on the new family member.

  4. Your link caught my eye because I am dog lover also. (Animal lover actually) I have a yellow lab that we absolutely adore. They just love unconditionally! 😀

    Take care,
    Stopping by from Freedom Fridays

  5. We love dogs however we have 3 very wonderful cats. The kids have 2 wonderful dogs so I get to get my dog fix on a very regular basis so i have the best of both worlds. My most favorite dog ever was the Springer that we had when I was little… best dog memories ever!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      We had a cat that lived to 19-years old. She outlived all the dogs we’ve had but the current one!

      • Auntiepatch says

        We lost our Old Timers (cats) at 24, 22, & 18. All strays. We have a new batch now; 11 & The Twins are 2. Ya gotta have animals in your life or you’re not living.

  6. I have three dogs. Two Shih Tzu’s and a Shih Tzu/Cocker Spaniel mix. I also make gourmet dog treats for my pooches. if you’re interested.

  7. Beautiful, I lost my best doggie Madison 3 yrs ago Maddie was the best golden ever. Miss her every day andi

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Losing them is the hardest part. I still miss my lab, even after all these years. But, Dexter….well, he’s a definite heart-soother!

  8. Dexter is beautiful – and God bless you for your lifetime of rescuing! Me too. Our current dog, lab/shep mix was taken from a hoarder who went to jail for what she did to our Roxie and 85 others like her. Now that she is home at last with us – and spayed – there will be no more litters for her to look after. Now she is OUR baby and WE look after her! Another happy ending!

  9. Found you on the Grand Social blog hop.

    I’ve had dogs most of my life. My current puppy isn’t really mine, though; I’m a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. GDB always needs more raisers! (www.guidedogs.com)

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I have friends who do this. God bless you! My heart is too tender. I think I’d cry for months, even knowing the good that is being done. Thank you.

  10. I can’t imagine my life without a dog. We have one now, Keela. Apparently our kids, now out on their own, feel the same! Two of the three kids got dogs before they even got out of college and are wonderful dog owners. My daughter is in intensive training with her deaf rescue boxer mix to teach him to be a therapy dog.

    Dexter is gorgeous and it looks like he makes your empty nest happy!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      We’ve often thought about having a therapy dog. Kudos to your daughter. That Dexter dog does make us crazy happy!

  11. We have two rescued dogs and two rescued cats. The two dogs, Willie and Scout, are inseparable. My husband takes them to the dog park about four days a week. Every time they hear him put on his shoes, they think it is time to go! Your dog is precious. Loved his “baby” pics especially the one with his tongue stuck out!

  12. Looks like you’re having a LOT of fun at your house! Enjoy this special member of your family!

  13. I’m not a dog person … meaning, I don’t want to be responsible for a dog at this point in my life. But I love other people’s dogs. This one looks like a sweetie. We have 3 grand dogs that we take care of when our kids travel – a Jack Russell Terrier, a Rottweiler, and a Lab mix. It’s quite a crowd when we have all three.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      That is quite the difference of temperament in doggieland! All sweeties, I’m sure. Dogs are lots of work, but luckily for us, the neighrbors have a big dog and we trade of care when traveling. They are like brothers!

  14. I think I was in love when I saw his patience (with the let’s see if he lets me do this shenanigan!).
    Dexter, you are unique!
    God bless,

  15. Your Dexter looks a lot like our Moshi! Got you from Someday Crafts link party!

  16. I was Dexter’s foster mom!! Dexter and his brother and sister were very shy and scared little puppies. Then came Mrs. Tucker and he walked right up to her!! He is so beautiful!! We still talk about him!! Thank you for giving him a loving forever home!!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      So nice to see you here, Karen! He is adored and maybe a smidge spoiled. Thank you for taking such good care of him until he came to us.

  17. So beautiful! So happy God sent you an empty-nester!

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