The Dogs

Admiral is an 8 year-old yellow lab, who we were raising to be a Guide Dog, but he didn’t make it, and so we had the option of keeping him.  He is the sweetest dog EVER (I know, this is an incriminating phrase…everyone will beg to differ with me 😛 ), so we kept him, and he became my dog.

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True to his breed, he loves to play fetch.  But he is not a big swimmer, unless there are people in the water with him.  He LOVES people, and has a killer tail.  The other two dogs have learned to close their eyes and turn their head if his tail gets near them.  He also loves to chew his Nylabones, and the smaller, more destroyed bones, the better. He will just carry them around with him like some kids with a security blanket.  He is slowing down a bit now that he is older, although he was never really that hyper. Oh, and he L.O.V.E.S. ice cubes. The other dogs do, too, but Admiral adores them. You would think they were chicken or something, by the way he is fixated by them. He will tear across the house when he hears the ice-dispenser in the refrigerator run, just in case someone has one ice cube too many for their cup or shake. Some of us will, ahem, get a couple extra just for him. 😀

Bella is my sister Hannah’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  She is 11 now, and spends almost all day sleeping.  She is the resident old lady, and she was, for all intensive purposes, the first dog in our family.

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She is so sweet, and is very good, despite what Hannah thinks.  She has a special place in my heart, and I’m always sure to make sure she gets some attention, especially when there is a foster in the house.  She is very routine oriented, and if anything is slightly out of her routine, she starts to lose it.  She loves her bed, and before she lays down, she will fastidiously “fluff her pillows” to get it just right.  She also loves laps, and will take any chance she gets! ;P

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Keely is the newest addition to the family, adopted by my younger brother, Luke, from the Seattle Humane Society

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She was hit by a car in Eastern Washington, and was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local shelter.  Seattle Humane has a transfer relationship with that shelter, and so Keely came to them.  She had a broken hip and cracked pelvis, that needed surgery and physical therapy, so they sent out a foster request.  We talked about it a little, since the physical therapy time was 8 weeks, which would be the longest foster we’ve done, since we had only done puppies up to that point.  We decided to volunteer for the job, and I almost didn’t get her because of a misunderstanding between the Dog Foster Coordinator and I, but it was easily cleared up, and we were on!  When I first saw Keely, she was walking on 3 legs, a wagging, wiggling face in a crate.  She wanted to see me so badly, and she just cuddled with me when they got her out.

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After surgery and tons of physical therapy, you can’t even tell she was injured.  She has the cutest bounce that she does, but less than 6 months later, I can barely believe she is showing no signs of pain.  She has made tons of progress in her housetraining, and is full of spunk and play!  It is so much fun to have a dog who plays with squeaky toys again!  She is a work in progress, but she is so sweet.  One of the most special things about her is how well she gets along with the other two dogs.  She is so good with them, and knows just how far to push their comfort-zone.  She has helped Admiral let his hair down if you will, and he is more relaxed with other dogs.

The dogs together:

Bella acknowledges Admiral every-once-in-a-while, and Keely every-once-in-blue-moon.  Otherwise -she ignores.  She takes the toddler “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” view.  Admiral loves both of the girls, and his morning wouldn’t be the same without saying good morning to them.  If one of them is distressed, so is he, and he takes it upon himself to make sure they are ok.  Keely is the most chill, kind of right between the other two, although closer to the Admiral side.  She is interested in the other dogs, but her world doesn’t revolve around them.

 

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Now all we have to do is get Grace’s Bernese Mountain Dog…then we’ll have a nice size scale and plenty of dog hair!

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