Wednesday, September 30, 2009


October is 'Adopt A Shelter Dog' month.

Three of my dogs, Libby, Pylon and Bentley were adopted in October. Our canine family currently has two mixed breed members. Morgan was adopted just before being taken to a shelter and Tsar was adopted from a shelter.

Could you ask for a cuter face that this? Morgan will be ten years old in November. She's a sweet little animal that is shy with anyone but her own family members, but she's a tough little girl that has overcome some health problems and is living life to the fullest.

Morgan was a neglected puppy who was malnourished.

Here she's taking her toy to show to her friend Spooky who lives across the street.

Morgan stays close by Rob. Here she carries her toy around while he paints. She's always ready to climb in the car and go with us and will try almost anything. She's loving and trusting and there's no better companion.

Tsar will be eight years old in November. He and his littermates were abandoned at a shelter. If the family didn't want puppies, why wasn't his mother spayed?

Tsar acts more like a cat than a dog. He's very aloof but he does like to play with Rob.

He's a very strong dog and has to be reminded not to nip when he plays, but he listens.

Everyone likes to have their backs scratched.

Rob and Tsar having a conversation.

These two dogs are pure joy to live with. They each have some baggage from their former lives. Many shelter dogs do, but it's nothing that can't be handled with patience and love.

I adore Portuguese Water Dogs and hope to always have some of them in my life, but I'll also always have an adopted dog that needs a home. There's room in my home and my heart for both.


Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What a touching post.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java's Mom

Dianne said...

What a wonderful post! As much as I love my Emma, she is the last dog I will be buying from a breeder. It is so rewarding to adopt a homeless animal, and there are sooooo many out there... Tara and Cooper (especially Cooper) have had their "issues", but both have given me so much more than I could ever give back to them.

momsue84 said...

Wonderful post! I agree wholeheartedly. Milo is our 5th shelter dog, and reminds us daily that love comes in lots of forms.

Sam said...

Nice post! I would love to have a few purebreds in my lifetime, but I think I, too, will always have rescues.

Hero said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing their stories with us. It's always nice to hear stories about dogs that finally get the home they deserve. I didn't know that October was Adopt a Shelter Dog month, but my next post will mention it. I'm so grateful for every day that I spend with my family, but continue hope and pray for my friends who still live in the shelter where I came from.

I really like my Glow Ball. I love it when my mom wraps it in a blanket then turns off the lights so I have to find it and dig for it in the dark.

Channon said...

Beautiful!! (Both dogs and post...) It was delightful to see Tsar at play.

Marjie said...

Thor looks like the last picture of Tsar when he's talking to us. He's a very handsome fella, and Morgan is so sweet.

Stacey said...

Thank you for posting about these wonderful rescue dogs of yours, Sue! They are all beautiful and I can tell they are so loved. Please give them a big bear hug from me!

Brownie said...

what a lovely post! I'm a shelter doggie too and I am so glad my daddy picked me!

Swampechaun said...

Both Morgan and Tsar look like perfect cuddle buddies to me.

knittinwolf said...

Lovely post! So heart warming and soooo true!

Nichole said...

Great pics -that first one looks familiar, lol! :)

Martha Basset said...

Cool post - we so agree with everything you say about adopting a rescue.
Martha & Bailey both have some baggage as you say but they are two of the most loving dogs anyone could ever want.
Maybe one day when I am retired I will have more.
I do envy you all your wonderful dogs.
ps rescue dogs come in purebred too....both of ours are pure basset but that was not enough to save them from being abandoned!

Stella said...

This was a great post, Sue, fun to learn more about your rescue pups.

I think of all my dogs, over my 70 years, only one has been a purebred. A Scottie, Otis, who was my retirement dog. He was the first "self actualized" dog I have ever own and a real joy. He lived to be 16 years old. The rest came out of shelters and one came direct to my door!

Stella, will be three soon, and just a wonderful dog. Three months at a shelter and loves her home sweet home as I love her.

Jo, Stella's Mom

The OP Pack said...

And they were adopted into a wonderful home.

woos, the OP Pack

Janet said...

What a terrific post! Morgan and Tsar are beautiful and lucky pups. Morgan looks so much like our first adopted dog, Muggs, that I had to get my husband to come take a look. We adopted our Sydney 10 years ago from a rescue shelter. She's a joy and we're very lucky.

Pooch said...

Morgan looks like a wonderfully huggy dog with all that great hair! I admire your feelings about rescues--very caring. I am a Boxer lover so I've always had purebreds, but my heart goes out to doggies who need a home.


Anonymous said...

Good evening Sue, I really enjoyed reading about your precious dogs. They are so blessed to have found you. I hope you have a great weekend.

Nicki said...

Yeah for rescues!

Audrey the Photographer Dog said...

So true so true. Shelter dogs are the best! **ahem**
Baggage shmaggage. We've got lots of love to give!

Thor said...

This is a touching post! Glad my portie friends found you and a wonderful home in their way.
Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing those stories!
Luv y´all!


quitethecrow said...

Hi Sue...I so appreciated your comments on my blog. Of course you can post a pic of any one of our family! I am in love with all of your sweeties and what a lovely blog you have. Love the balloons! Thanks for stopping by...Elizabeth

Maggie and Mitch said...

Morgan and Tsar are such beautiful dogs and they are so lucky to have you and Rob in their lives!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

LizzieJane said...

Such a lovely post Sue. Shelter animals do make such wonderful companions. They always seem so grateful. All our kitties came to us by way of no one wanting them and they have been nothing but joy in our lives.

charlie girl said...

Today is my Maxie's 16th year...we adopted him at what we thought was 2yrs from Seattle Animal Control...and now he's been with for 14yrs. He is our treasure and means the world to us and the very best dog I've ever had in my life. Yeah for Shelter dogs!!!!