If you visit me here or on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you know I have dogs. Snickers (5) is a pointer beagle mix who looks pretty much like a half-pint pointer. At 43#, she’s the alpha dog of the pack, believe it or not. She came to us the day my son and daughter-in-law were married. On the way home from the wedding, #1 Girl stopped for gas and found two hungry, thirsty strays. We ended up with Snickers, while #2 Girl ended up with her brother Tobi.
A couple of years ago, my daughter-in-law’s Katrina rescue dog, Takumi, came to stay with us. He was overly protected of her which wasn’t a good thing with the grandson toddling around. Taka is a chow mix with the curled tail and mottled tongue, but his coat is coarse and short. He’s just as protective with us as he was with Taylor, and is the most obedient and loyal of the three. Last time we weighed him, he was 59#, and he’s also five years old.
In December, I had Snick and Taka at the park, and saw a car dump a dog. We picked him up, had the vet check him out, and kept him. On his first doctor’s visit, Duke (a lab / retriever mix with the webbed toes and water repellent coat) weighed 25#. He’s about 9 months old now, and weighs 65#. He has turned our house into a playground that would go on 24/7 if he had his way. He and Taka will wrestle in the living room and sound like they’re killing each other, yet no blood is shed until Snickers tries to stop their fun, bird dogging them into behaving. She’s a total spoil sport.
Lately I’ve been walking every morning alone rather than taking the pack to the park. I can do an hour on the trails pretty quickly when I don’t have to keep three dogs from sniffing all the poo and pee mail left by overnight critters. Then there are the other dogs, some roaming free, that make it hard, not to mention dangerous, to walk 167# of canine alone. Either the husband or #1 Girl walk them in the evenings.
Today Duke is at the vet for his neuter. After talking over the timing with my good friend Loreth, who owns a gorgeous English Labrador named Hudson, we put it off until he was just about at his adult size. He’ll still put on some weight, no doubt, but his growth spurt has slowed over the past month. Hard to believe he’s put on 40# in three months. It is so quiet here today without him!