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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


It is 8 months since we lost our last dog, Sabre and just recently I have felt the time was right for another animal to come into our lives - in spite of Kipling's view on the subject.

I have never been one for puppies, preferring to rescue an unwanted or stray dog in need of a good home. Not having much luck with the national German Shepherd Rescue Society my wife and I, on the spur of the moment, decided to visit a rescue kennel some 20 miles away.

My daughter, with similar affinities, has always said that "when the right dog needs you, he will find you" .
And there he was - sitting in cage 5, bright eyed, tail wagging, tongue lolling, waiting for us to come along and take him home. Rex, 3 years old, taken into kennels a week ago because of a broken marriage.

The obviously heartbroken previous owner (never identified to the new one) had left a note with him giving some details of likes and dislikes. The last sentence read "once he gets to trust you, you are his friend for life. I know".

He is settling well, obviously had some training and eager to please (too eager sometimes!) . However, we are off to the vet's in an hour for a checkover and jabs, so I might not be flavour of the month for a while after.


Anonymous said...

Lovely to hear that you have succumbed to new dog. I agree that they find you, mine did. Hope all went well at the vets and you are not still in the dog house!
Hope you have lots fun with Rex

Barrett Bonden said...

I like the idea of rebuilding a wrecked life rather than submitting to the the transient appeal of a puppy. Introduce him to the Bimmer and the Rudge - at this age he'll be so impressionable. Getting him to like the scooter may take a little longer. Is there such a thing as a Japanese shepherd?

Zhoen said...

What an intelligent looking creature. Good for you for how you choose a dog. One really never knows with puppies, grown dogs show their full character. I also agree, they choose us, and not just dogs either.

herhimnbryn said...

Dear Rex,
You have found a grand place to live. Am looking forward to meeting you next year. Good Dog. Good Dad and Mum too. xxx

Nea said...

I so envy you, I still miss Lou something awful, but was never able to get another dog. I have come close a few times, but just couldn't do it. I did not know you had lost your dog too. Well I am sure that Rex has really dropped into a wonderful life now. A very lucky dog to be sure. :) Good job...

Maureen said...

What a beautiful dog! We are happy for you.

Granny J said...

I'm glad to hear you've found a fine new companion. Maybe after a few more months, I'll possibly get a new cat, though it will be impossible to replace my late Max.

Judith said...

What a lovely look he has. You can just feel the muscles in his neck which are holding that pose for you. I think he's yours for life already.

Lucy said...

How wonderful, and what a heartening story! He still looks quite a youngster really, but by three they're usually over the most destructive and difficult bits, aren't they? I do hope the last owner knows how good a home Rex has now.

Avus said...

I suppose the nearest to a Japanese shepherd is the Akita, but one has to be careful with these - a highly dominant dog.

Nice to have you back! I know how much Lou meant to you, but I do hope you get around to getting another dog one day. (never a "replacement" - not possible)

As my comments to Nea, above, really. Hope a new cat comes into your life.

I have written to the kennels asking them to contact the previous owner to let him know that Rex is settled and happy with an experienced GSD owner. I would want that if I were in his shoes.

Doohickie said...

Bless you for adopting Rex. Most of our pets have been similarly adopted (or in cases, they adopted us). They seem to know they've been given a second chance and are more faithful for it.

My wife was saying that when our current dogs are gone, no more dogs. The rest of us in the family just roll our eyes at here.

Kay said...

What a handsome, fine-looking dog - congratulations!

ArtPropelled said...

A heart warming story. I had a lump in my throat thinking of him waiting to be taken home. So glad you found each other.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Avus-

Rex is a lucky pup! - Only a week in the kennel. The time was right for everyone involved. I hope to meet Rex next year!