Our past Dogs

  • Our past Dogs

     Tommy updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago 14 Members · 31 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.

    • Charlotte

      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

    Moderator
    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!

    • Charlotte

      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

        Moderator
        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

    Moderator
    January 15, 2021 at 5:19 AM

    What a beautiful face and love story!

    • Charlotte

      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.

    • Charlotte

      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 😋

    • Charlotte

      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.

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