Our past Dogs

  • Our past Dogs

     Riggan updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago 13 Members · 29 Posts
  • Erica G

    Member
    January 13, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Hello everyone, I created this discussion for anyone who wants to talk/ share some pics of our previous dogs.

    Here’s Ben, my Shar Pei; he was my first dog and I still think about him every day. It’s been about eight months since I lost him and only recently I found once more the need to share my life with another four legged companion.

  • Bethmw

    Member
    January 13, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Beautiful! So sorry for your loss. We lost what was the 6th GSD of my life(Tucker), September 2019. By late December both our son and I were really wanting another one. I searched and found a breeder and we brought Gibson home in February 2020. We love him to bits, but still accidentally call him Tucker at least once a day even though they are very different looking dogs with very different personalities. I still tell stories of my 5th GSD (Digger). He was such a good dog, he just understood everything you asked of him and did it happily. He would even catch and kill spiders for me. Pictured Tucker upper and Digger lower.🐾🌈❤

    • Erica G

      Member
      January 13, 2021 at 1:49 PM

      It’s hilarious that Digger catched and killed spiders! Both Tucker and Gibson are gorgeous GSD, It’s nice to see a person so dedicated to a breed.

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:15 AM

      What a nice dogs, and great names. I’m glad that Gibson now fills your heart with new joy. Isn’t it strange and beautiful to see how different each and every dog has his own soul and character?

      • Bethmw

        Member
        February 26, 2021 at 2:14 PM

        For sure. They each definitely have their own outlook and way to interact with the world.

  • Riggan

    Member
    January 14, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    What a beautiful topic! It is so hard to lose our dear friends, but they live forever in our hearts and memories. My first dog was a Golden Retriever named Max. He was a bit neurotic (result of poorly mated backyard breeding), but he taught me so much. We did wilderness SAR, and he was a natural. The group used to tease me that I would be in for a shock if I ever got another SAR dog, because I might actually have to train him! He loved the mud, so we were always assigned any swamps in the area. Can’t say I was thrilled with that aspect! Max is the one who made me fall in love with the working relationship with a dog.

    After retiring him from SAR, I still wanted to be involved with working dogs, so I got involved in training service dogs at the first prison program in the country. When Max died at 15, I got another golden, Jazz, to train as my “demo dog.” He and Max were opposites in all ways. Jazz was rock solid and unflappable. He adored people and was forever unable to resist anyone who smiled at him. He was my experiment in “positive only” training (just coming in vogue at the time) and the way I learned it is not realistic. With firm and fair balanced training, he was an amazing dog. I lost him all too soon from cancer at 11.

    Here are my two golden boys. Top 2 are Max and bottom 2 are Jazz. I still miss them both.

    • Bethmw

      Member
      January 14, 2021 at 2:30 PM

      Beautiful work for beautiful dogs!

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:20 AM

      Gret pictures, and the one with the mud seems so typical for how you describe your Max haha. Did you get another dog after Jazz?

      • Riggan

        Member
        February 26, 2021 at 5:17 PM

        We went dogless for several years, but brought Lance home from the shelter in July of last year. It is a totally new experience for me. He is a 3yo GSD mix who had a tough start to life. He doesn’t know how to play, came with a lot of fear and trust issues, and sut down completely during any type of training. He has come a long way in 7 months, and it has been so much fun to see him learn how to be a dog. He has won the hearts of the entire household!

  • Dani

    Member
    January 14, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    This is Sudz, my first soul puppy. She was a magnificent beast.

  • Susanna

    Member
    January 14, 2021 at 8:03 PM

    I tear up a little when I look through pictures but we took this picture about a week before we lost her on Christmas Eve 2019. Samantha was with me during high school, though college, and the first few years of my marriage. So she was my pet through some pretty big stages in my life and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog during those times.

    When I first saw her we were at a mobile clinic out vet was hosting to give yearly vaccines at a local pet supply store. They have a place for puppies from the Humane Society. I was 16 and BEGGED my dad to let me adopt her with my first paycheck. He told me to let him think for a week and if she was still there we could get her. She was gone but the next week but the following Sunday we went to lunch with some family friends and the kids would always wander down to the pet supply store (same chain, different location) to play with the puppies. And wouldn’t you know it, there was baby Sam (Peaches at the time) sitting in the little puppy play pen! My dad couldn’t say no then, it was meant to be 😂 and the rest is history! I loved every minute of her puppy stages, even when she slept in the bathroom but would whine until I stuck my fingers under the door and she’d lick me with that tiny little tongue and sleep on my fingers. Her decline at the end was rather quick and I wish I had had more time but a million days would have never been enough and I’m thankful for every day we had. Dogs are the best and they definitely make life better. The joy in the time we have is definitely worth the heartbreak they cause when they leave us.

  • Riggan

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 5:19 AM

    What a beautiful face and love story!

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:23 AM

      What a lovely dog to see. The first part of your story sounded almost like mine; Chester was with me through the same life stages as Samantha was with you, and he also left me on Christmas Eve 🙁

  • Bogdan

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 6:10 AM

    This is Kalash, our super sweet protective bully. Unfortunately he had to have been put down after he got hit by a car that ran a stop sign.

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:24 AM

      What a terrible way to lose your dog… So sorry.

      Did he tear out that fly screen himself? His head fits right in haha

  • Ron

    Member
    January 16, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    This is Chopper(blue nose pit), Ozzy(bulldog), and Clyde(bull mastiff) Amazing friends who have all passed on. All of them lived to be 12+ years. I love them all and still miss them. They aren’t replaceable but I can’t resist adding more to my life. My profile pic has my new add ons who I continue to love very much everyday.

    • Erica G

      Member
      January 16, 2021 at 2:54 PM

      The three Musketeers 😋

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:25 AM

      Never will one dog replace another, but I think each one can fill your heart anew.

  • Marty

    Member
    January 16, 2021 at 12:09 PM

    This was my best friend, Dega. He is truly missed.

  • Holly

    Member
    January 16, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    Corey wasn’t my first Siberian. But he was my first Siberian to finish an AKC UD title.

    I’ve loved all my huskies, but he is my ❤️dog. Probably because I worked with him so much. He loved obedience trials! Unfortunately this blurry photo is the only one I have of him.

  • Manda-n-theGriffs

    Member
    January 20, 2021 at 2:36 AM

    My Toby…TobyTobe…Tobilicious…The Tobester…Tobediah or my WuverPuppy. He is the one in the middle. Cyrus on the right & Dusty on the left. The 3 Banditos, Muskateers, etc. Lol…though I am pretty sure when we brought home the 2 pups, Toby had very different names for them. He was literally the dog that anyone who wasn’t a “dog person”, decided they liked him, but swore he wasn’t like other dogs. And they were right about that. He was the best dog & friend anyone could ask for. Smart, funny, loyal, loving..just hella cool. He was 12. It’s been since Aug 2018 and I still get choked up just typing this. I mean literally choked up to where it isn’t easy to breathe or speak or swallow. Took me a year to even try to talk about his passing. Guess that is how you know you had one of the greats, when there are no words to describe them. Miss him more as time goes on. But Dusty & Cy are only 3 1/2 yrs old, and keep us focused on them for sure! We still have plenty of adventures ahead. They are good boys…mostly. Lol

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:28 AM

      What a nice dogs. Was Toby another breed than the other two?

  • Lesley

    Member
    January 20, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Belgian Sheepdogs have been my passion for 30 years. These two below are Lobo de Diablo 2003-2019, and Ember, a rescue I had for a while.

  • Lesley

    Member
    January 20, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    This old lady is Cantie (Sierra’s High Desert Kyla) my first Belgian sheepdog back in 1989. She was an education for me. We worked hard at obedience and she got her CD, we learned tracking together, she could do an agility course, and I would have gone further with her if she hadn’t gotten Epilepsy. A disease that 18% (at one time) of Belgian Sheepdogs get. She lived a good full life to the age of 16.5 years.

  • Lesley

    Member
    January 20, 2021 at 11:32 AM

    Loupe. 1991-2001

    My sweetest, kindest, and softest boy Belgian Sheepdog. He did not grow up with small children, but he became a big teddy bear to any child who wanted to hug him, and he enjoyed it. This photo breaks my heart. I was saying good bye in this moment. It’s one of the only digital photos I have of him.

    • Char

      Member
      February 26, 2021 at 1:30 AM

      He looks so sweet. Good thing that you still managed to get such a nice pic on that last, sad day.

  • Bethmw

    Member
    January 21, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Came across this pic today of our dog when I was a teenager. She was a good one. It made me smile. We got her when she was 4 from a family we knew that lived in town and just didn’t think they should keep her with their small yard and baby on the way. Sam (Samantha) came out to the farm and our original dog Cleo (also GSD) showed her the ropes. One of the first things she did was find and kill a little bitty black mouse that she sniffed out under a board. She didn’t eat it, thankfully, but tossed it around quite a bit. She loved hunting and she was so fast that she could catch the odd rabbit here and there. She and Cleo would corner racoons in the barn and my dad would make sure to take care of it before the racoon hurt them. They were excellent farm dogs and fantastic pets. They were not aggressive toward any people, though they did bark at strangers. Two GSD coming at you barking is enough to scare off the correct people most of the time. They were all bark and no bite, but we would not have wanted it any other way. wish I had a pic of Cleo, I used to sit with her as a child and tell her all my thoughts and she would look at me intently and I swore that she understood everything I said.

  • Tommy

    Member
    January 21, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Børre.

    The best leaddog i have ever owned.

    Miss him Every day

  • Char

    Member
    February 26, 2021 at 1:01 AM

    Hi all,

    It has now been a year and 3 months ago, but still, when I see pictures of Chester, I keep having to remind me that he’s gone now, even when he still looks so lively in his pictures.
    Chester was a Rottweiler Labrador cross, and a real sweetheart. Always he was following me around, and when I wasn’t at home, I’m told he was always waiting for me. He was my first dog to have and to train, and after the puppycourse I just kept on training him myself. Only 7 years later did we start Agility and Obedience, and kept doing that untill he was 13. He may not have been the fastest or most eager dog (compared to the border collies), but we always enjoyed working together. The last few years I had to give up Agility since it was getting to hard on him, but we kept up training obedience (just real low level stuff) until close to the end.

    At almost 15 years old, Chester became diabetic, and we did not find out that that was what was bothering him untill it had already progressed quite far. We struggled to help him find back his energy so he could still stay with us for a while, but it could not be helped.

    So well do I remember walking him those last months, slower and slower. He used to look up at me at those times, showing me that he wanted to, but simply could not go faster. It was okay, I was glad to adjust my pace to his now, after he had done the same for me all those many years. Even on that last day, when we went to the vet for a check-up (we did nót expect we’d be letting him go that day), he still followed me faithfully, even though he didn’t care for the vet at all.

    It was so typical for him, to choose this moment. He was always such an easy and good dog, never troublesome, never asking for anything. He had never been a bother, and it seems like he was true to that to the last day. Like he felt that, while we were there at the vet’s office, that would be the easiest way and place for us to let him go.

    While we were there, he suffered from a epilectic attack (first ever), and all the strength went out of him. Now he showed that he was in pain, he was done, did not want to go on. That’s when we decided to let him go, and the vet put him to sleep that same hour.

    He died in my arms, my dear sweet lovely Chester, my soulmate for so so many years. How lucky were we, to have had him by our side for so many years. He was the best dog ever (aren’t they all?) and I still miss him. Luckily the pain of it has lessened by now, but he’ll always be with me, in my heart.

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