Our Rescue Dogs Really Rescued Us

Our Rescue Dogs Rescued my Family

Joey and Spooky Taking a Nap
Joey and Spooky Taking a Nap | Source

Perfect Time to Have Dogs

I am a proud and blubbering parent when it comes to my dogs. I can't explain in words how much they mean to me. I grew up with dogs as a child, but as I got older, couldn't have dogs due to apartment living. When I moved in with my sister and her two kids, this changed because she owns a home.

My First Rescue Dog

Nap Time for Joey
Nap Time for Joey

The First Dog Adoption

We adopted Joey in the summer of 2004. I wasn't at the Human Society when Laura and the kids picked him out. I hadn't had a dog in so long that I was a little apprehensive with Joey at first, but it didn't take long and we were connected at the hip. Till this day, our neighbors comment to Laura about how inseparable Joey and I are. He truly is one of my best friends. He doesn't care what I look like, he's as loyal as they come and always has my back. He's excited to see me even if I've only been gone a minute or two. He senses when I'm down or things aren't right with me and gives me extra loving and care during these times. Getting Joey was one of the best things that has happened to me as an adult. The timing on getting a dog wasn't an accident. Laura knew a dog would be just what the doctor ordered. He was there for me through some really rough times which connected us even more. Joey lifted my spirits while I was going through my cancer journey. He also helped Laura's kids get through their parents tough divorce. Joey is an angel that was sent to us for a reason. This beautiful dog had been adopted two different times before we found him. Can you imagine how hard that must have been for him. We were the third family to adopt him. The way we see it, the third time was a charm. We needed him and he needed us. We know that Joey the dog was meant for us.

Our Second Rescue Dog

Joey's younger sister-'Spooky'
Joey's younger sister-'Spooky' | Source

Story of how we Adopted the Second Dog

One day last year we were watching television as a family. The local news brings on an animal from the Humane Society every Friday. They were introducing their viewers to a very cute beagle. At the end of the segment, the woman from the Humane Society mentioned that there were some puppies that had just come in and were ready for adoption. She said they were three black labs. We all looked at each other (we love black labs) and headed out the door to the animal shelter. Unfortunately, the black lab puppies were so popular that everyone wanted to meet them. We anxiously waited around for over an hour, hoping that they wouldn't all be adopted. In the mean time, we strolled up and down the halls looking at other dogs. We found the beagle they were introducing on t.v. but it just wasn't the right dog for us. She was very sweet but a little old and quite the shedder. I'd only played with her for five minutes and had dog hair all over me. We kept checking in with staff to find out if one of the three puppies was available to meet, but to no avail. We finally decided it was time to go, figuring the wait may go on for a while. On our way out the door, we literally bumped into a young couple that was holding one of the black lab puppies. We quickly asked them if they were planning to adopt the cute little girl- thankfully, they said no. They lived in an apartment and knew it wouldn't be fair to the dog. We were grateful to know they were just looking at dogs for entertainment value only. The woman from the shelter said that other people were next in line to see the puppy, but since we were right there, she decided to let us go next. It was the first sign this dog was meant to be ours. She escorted us into a small room so we could play with her and see if she was a fit for us and vice versa. I will never forget how much fun we had with her in that room. We all took to each other right away but the icing on the cake was when I looked at her little tummy. There it was, another sign. She had a white patch on her belly just like my childhood dog, Spooky. I looked at my family and said, "this is our new dog and her name will be spooky."


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Old Poolman 6 years ago from Rural Arizona

Wonderful story - we share the same feelings when it comes to our dogs. I have always been amazed at the connection that developes between a dog and a human with no verbal interaction. Thanks for giving these dogs a great life and home.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I love this Hub. I got goosebumps over your Pooch story! Great writing, wonderful content. :0) The Best to you.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

MT-

You did a great job on this hub. Our dogs, they are family. I can't wait to come home from work today and see them, hug them and kiss them and cuddle. Yay.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

MT-

You did a great job on this hub. Our dogs, they are family. I can't wait to come home from work today and see them, hug them and kiss them and cuddle. Yay.


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Youngcurves19 6 years ago from Hawaii

Mt-that is soooooo adorable!! im sorry about "C" I hope ur alright now! God bless you


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erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

I know EXACTLY how you feel and I feel the same way about my rescued dogs. They were definitely sent to me as well so I know what a special feeling it is that you have. Thank you for rescuing them! Dogs truly are amazing and there are too many out there with no one to love them. I couldn't imagine life without my dogs! Thanks for sharing this hub with us. It made my heart so happy!


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Abomb 6 years ago from Frisco, Texas

Very sweet story. I have always had a dog so I know how you feel


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Everyone needs a dog or two. Glad you have yours!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Everyone needs a dog or two. Glad you have yours!


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Bless you for saving these beautiful creatures. I understand `1000% the value of animals in our lives...babies, dependents, children, you name it...these companions are a God send. I have always loved animals; I have many kitties and doggies right now in my animal sanctuary in Kansas..I love them all. You are a wonderful person for loving these sweet doggies. Thank you.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi OldPoolman-Aren't dogs amazing. Sounds like you have a love of dogs as well. It is amazing how we can communicate without words. I have learned what differen't barks mean, etc... Thanks for stopping :)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Lilly for your kind words about my doggy story. They are such a big part of my life and I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub about them. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi HT/Sis-You know they'll be anxiously awaiting your arrival as they do Everyday. Some days they are up on the couch looking out the window before you even round the corner to our street. They sense their other mom is close to home. I love our dogs, I love our life. These dogs were so a part of God's plan for us when we moved in with eachother. Love you twinner:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi youngcurves-I wish I could still say that about me-Hee hee:) Thanks for coming by my doggy hub. You are so cute, yes, I am fine now. I will be seven years cancer-free this coming St. Patrick's Day. I am so blessed:)My odds were poor the first five years but I couldn't lose with all the love around me.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know erthfrend-I could not imagine life without my furry babies. How boring. Animals bring such a sense of security and love to me and my family. It's never ending fun and love:)I'm so glad you have dogs to fill your life with love too.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Abomb-You are a dog lover too. It's amazing how many people have furry friends. Thanks for reading my story:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Lifegate-I agree, everyone should have one or two dogs to make life more interesting. Thanks so much for coming by my hub:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

I figured you were an animal lover by your profile name. By the way, I love the name Lucky Cats. It says it all:) Thanks for coming by and visiting me on my doggy hub.


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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I know what your saying, i to have had dogs all my life and they become like your kids, and they are always happy to see you. It's so awesome that you were able to give your two beautiful dogs a great home.

Great hub!!!


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved your story about Spooky.I don't have a dog now but my son had a little Chihuahua named Blacky when he was growing up. We all loved him.Thank's for sharing.

God Bless


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

MT what a lovely story. Unless you have truly loved a dog you do not understand the bond that is formed between owner and pet.

They are always loyal and loving even when things get tough. Thanks for sharing about your beautiful family members

Love and Hugs


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Kashmir. They give love so freely all the time without conditions. So glad you have dogs too:) Thanks for reading. I am so glad we found our two doggies and they found us.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Always Exploring. Thanks for reading my love story about our doggies. Their both lying on each side of me fast asleep as I write you. Their so sweet and cute.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Loves To Read-I know, dogs just bring me to mush. We all joke about how pathetic we are about our dogs, but at least we admit it. Hugs back to you friend:)


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Minnitonka Twin. Hi. What an absolutely wonderful account on how you came by your beautiful pets.

You have given them a loving home, and they have given you unconditional love, There is nothing better.

We have a shihpoo named Oliver, and right or wrong he is treated like one of our Kids.

Thanks for sharing this hub with us. I loved it.Voted up.:) :)


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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

I had a dog Max,German shepherd male.

Every one used to call him as my little brother.

He was very caring,loving and also very aggressive. Never allowed strangers to come in.

When i went out to work away from home for three days,he didn't ate,drank neither slept!!

So loving he was and he slept beside all the time when i was i was ill once..

But now when i think of him tears roll down my eyes,he was killed one night by some thieves or people who hated him..And it was my birthday!

I know how pets become an intimate part of our lives,i know how much they bother about us and in the same way we do. We can't bear if something happens to them and even they do!

Really i cried after reading this hub,i can feel your intimacy with Joey and Spooky and even they reminded me of my Heavenly Max..


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Minne, What an endearing story. Spooky looks very much like my Tony who we adopted this April from SPCA. You've told the story of the Humane Society adoption so well. When we went I wanted to take them all home, particularly the older ones who'd been dropped off for crazy reasons. My heart went out to each of them and I still see their faces in my mind.

Thanks to you, Joey who had a couple of false starts ended up in a loving home. You know, they do come to us when we most need them. Many hugs to you and yours.


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PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

I have 2 dogs, one was an abandoned dog I took in. They are my best friends ! Thanks great story Minnetonka!


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jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Two good friends! Lovely story


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Our dogs are treated like our kids as well. They sure have a way of getting into your heart don't they. Thanks for dropping by and being so kind.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh vydyulashashi-I am so sad to hear about about Max. That is just the cruelest thing I've ever heard. I am also so sad to hear this happened on your birthday. I sure hope you weren't there when it happened for your safety and too painful to see. Max is still with you in spirit and you will always have your wonderful memories of your little brother. Blessings to you:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Peg, it is really hard not to take them all home. Their all precious and it's sad seeing them in the shelter with all the other dogs barking and chaos. I agree with you that you get the dogs you were meant for and they come when we need them. Thanks for reading, I appreciate it Peg:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Phoenix-Isn't it great to have our dogs who make unconditional best buddies. I really don''t know what I would do without them. I'm under the weather today with a cold and their keeping me company and giving me lots of love.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for coming by jandee. Yep, their my buddies. My life is so full because of them.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Lovely hub, I do believe we are sent our four legged companions by a higher power, and for good reasons. They truly are a very precious gift.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Too cute, MT - having rescued so many dogs in my time, I'm all for it and they all still live in my heart. Our current grand damme is a rescued malamute who it took months for me to rehab - but it all paid off. She has been the sweetest mentor to my 'little' Griffin malamute and I figure that was the greatest payoff of all time. Rescue dogs are truly the treasures of a lifetime!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

What a wonderful ebb and flow a dog's love can share with the likes of us. I just love this story, and you MT, for saving these little lives. Rehabbing a rescue dog can be a long task, but the rewards are far greater than the effort. Nothing shouts pure unconditional love like that of those who save others who are smaller, more frightened and far more meek than themselves. I bow to your kind and loving heart.

"Many do not know,

yet many more have witnessed,

that which we call love,

turn hate into forgiveness."

~Always Choose Love~

K9


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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

beautiful story of your two little babies. The joys of having a dog are so many, they give us unconditional love. They look so sweet laying there on the couch. God Bless and hope you enjoy them for many hears to come.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I am glad to know this story. I thought you have to grateful with your dogs. God lead your ways by sending these dogs. Thanks for showing me about this hub. Take care!

Prasetio:)


Trampoline Man 6 years ago

Ahh what a lovely story, i also have two rescue dogs and they are the best decision we have ever made, they have made such lovely additions to the family. Thank you for your lovely story.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Great story, dogs are very cool! (but so are cats)Do you know G-ma Johnson on HP? She had to have her cat put to sleep yesterday so I hope everyone will go give her some love. Peace!! Tom


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Misty-We think alike my friend. I do believe we get the dogs that are meant for us and we are meant for them. It's amazing how these furry friends turn us into complete mush. They are a gift and I think if our dogs could talk to us, they'd say we're a gift to them. Everyone's happy and everyone wins. Thanks for reading this hub Misty. :)

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi akirchner-Bless you for rescuing all these great dogs. I'm so glad your newest member of the family is such a blesing to Griffin. I bet it helped your new dog to rehab quicker just having another dog to love and play with. I know my dog Joey is much happier now that he has a little sister. He's lost weight and is definitely happy to have a new dog friend. They are so cute together and love playing.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

HI K9-So wonderful to have a visit from you. I know your an animal lover and would totally get this hub where I gush about my doggies. They have both touched my heart and lifted my spirits. Now with the puppy, Joey and I are getting in better shape because Spooky walks faster as a puppy. So many pluses having these furry friends. Your poem is so beautiful. You are such a lovely person :)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi vietnam. Thanks for your sweet words. The unconditional love from animals is what makes me so sad about people that hurt and abuse them. You have to be a real jerk to hurt these little gifts of love. Yes, I sure do hope we have them around for many years. Their just my little babies and two of my best friends. Their both asleep again on the same couch next to eachother. I could stare at them all night. Good to hear from you:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Prasetio and thanks for reading about my dogs. Yes, I am so grateful for them and all the love they give me. Thanks for reading my hub on them:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Trampoline Man for your comments and stopping in. They are family members as much as any of us. It's amazing how they have taught us so much about love. Have a great weekend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Justom-I agree that all animals are a blessing. I do know G-ma Johnson on hubpages and I will definitely give her support. How sad for her. It's just like losing a family member. I appreciate you letting me know.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

haha... Spooky - what a great name for a dog!


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you suggest one 6 years ago from NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND

Never had a dog myself,I don't have the patience to care for one properly so I think that would be unfair to the dog,

I am glad you found happiness with these two creatures and that you give love and care to them,it is so wonderful and amazing where one can find love in times of need,you take care my friend.


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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

Hi there--

Great hub. You are so right--without animals, we'd be less rich. I had dogs growing up, and when my kids were young, but now hubby & I have 4 kitties. We've reached an age and physical condition where dogs are just too 'high maintenance' for us.

If I had my way and was filthy rich, I'd rescue ALL the stray and abandoned furry pals!


SilverGenes 6 years ago

This made me really want a dog again. Right now I'm in an apartment and it just doesn't work but maybe one day soon that will change. I'm glad both these lovely dogs found just the right family! :)


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

we had a dog show up at our rural home Thanksgiving of 2009. He was the homeliest dog I had ever seen and full of fleas. fell in love with him discovered that he was a Hurricane Katrina rescued dog who had been transported to Des Moines Iowa for adoption. (he had a chip) Anyways I never discovered how he got to my farm but sweetest little guy ever.

Sweet dog story.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

We named our childhood dog Spooky because of the black color and white on the tummy. When I saw this little puppy with the same coloring at the Humane Society, memories flooded back about my childhood dog. I knew that dog was comin home with us.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi you suggest one. You are right that if one knows it would not be taken care of properly, not having one is the right thing. You can live vicariously through my two dogs. Thanks for stopping by friend:) Have a super weekend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Dzy-I know of many people who end up with cats when their older. Cats are so cool too and so easy to take care of. Not like my dogs that want walks and have to be taken outside all day to do their duty. I'm glad you have cats now to give you that unconditional love that is so wonderful. I know what you mean by wanting to adopt em all. It's so sad seeing all those dogs in the shelter. Hopefully they get rescued before it's too late. I love seeing a new hubber friend here. Thanks so much:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks SilverGenes. It was pretty exciting for me when I moved into the house with sis and could have a dog again. I didn't realize how much I missed this relationship. It really opened me up and gave me uplift in life.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tamarajo, did you keep the dog I hope. That is the most beautiful story. I think you need to hub it. That is inspirational how he ended up at your farm on Thanksgiving, of all days. Wow, I have goosebumnps.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

We did not keep "Zeke" a sweet lady and her husband stayed at my house overnight (were here from out of town for a meeting) and fell in love with Zeke (he slept with them that night - who knew house guests would want to sleep with your dog??). Her dog died upon her return home and she called and asked if she could have Zeke. Considering I already had two dogs and my husband wasn't near as fond of him as I was. I tearfully surrendered him to her.

I am thankful I did because it was later discovered my granddaughter was allergic to pet dander. My oldest dog had died by then. And I was able to find a home for the other.

He now lives with a couple in Buffalo Minnesota helping to tend a horse ranch that also helps children. He also goes to the nursing home to visit people there. They were the ones who discovered he was from the New Orleans area when they took him to the vet.

She recently sent me photos of him. He looks happy riding on horses and being held by lots of people. And their family is so very blessed by Him.


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b. Malin 6 years ago

What a wonderful inspiring Hub. So glad it had a happy ending. My son has a black lab named Milo. What a devil and so smart. If he is not paid attention to, he will go into their small den and SLAMS the door.

Minnetonka, thanks for becoming a follower of mine, and now I want to be following you as well. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Love, love love!!!!! I voted awesome!!! I love my babies too! God Bless!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow did that end up beautiful tamarajo. I live in Minnesota and have been to Buffalo countless times. Thank you for coming back and filling in the blanks for me. I am so glad all turned out in the end.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

I cannot believe how smart dogs can be, b. Malin. I think I would laugh my head off if my dog slammed doors. Spooky and Joey do differen't things when they get mad, like poop or pee in the house or pull clothes or shoes out of closets. It's all worth it. They are so fun and loving. Thanks for following me back and visiting my hub. Good to see you here:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi drpastorcarlotta-Soo glad to hear you have the joy of dogs too. Yes, Love really sums up mans best friend. Thanks for voting AWESOME. That's AWESOME! HEE Hee. Great to see a new hubber friend at my site:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Lorne and how fun to see a new follower of mine. Thank you so much for finding me on hub pages and I hope I don't let you down. Sounds like your an animal lover too. It feels so good to rescue a dog from a shelter but get soo much love from them at the same time. It's such a win win to rescue a dog.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Yes I couldn't have asked for a better home for him you will have to stop by and see him sometime lol just kidding can't remember name of the ranch but Pat and Dick Jensen run it. I'm from the Albert Lea area


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tamarajo-I was laid off a year and 1/2 ago from a Marketing Firm. My drive was 494 to the albert lea exit. It was actually in Bloomington though and not as far as Albert Lea. We sure have a lot in common. I am so grateful as the job I had in Bloomington I now do from home. No dealing with snow and rush hour anymore.


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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I’m so glad that you rescued your two dogs and that you are all so happy together. I have a black Labrador boy at the moment. We also have a Leonberger in our home and three cats, one of which is a rescue cat. I’ve had other dogs over the years, and they’ve all been wonderful and loving companions. I just wish that dogs - and cats - had longer life spans. Their lives are so short compared to human lives.


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akuigla 6 years ago

Beautifull!Ive got tears in my eyes reading your hub and remembering my dog Ghini.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Alicia-I know, I too wish they lived as long as us. It's so hard to say goodbye to our furry family. Wow, you have a lot of pets. That must keep you busy. Thanks for stopping in Alicia:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi akuigla. Hope the tears are good tears. How long did you have Ghini? Isn't it amazing how we hold on to memories of our animals. They are such a part of us and make life so meaningful. Here's to good memories of Ghini:)


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Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

I had a rescue cat one time, such a sweet animal. She had been living in the wild. Anyway, she shared my home for months and then one day disappeared. I searched, but in vain. I hope she found a new home.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I don't think I have ever been without an animal and at one time I had dogs,cats, hamsters, four dif kind of rabbits, 2 goats. pigeons that hatched two babies, guinea pigs and I am sure I have forgotten something. Now that was some fun! Great hub, brings back memories.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Your dogs look so precious and sweet sleeping on the couch. They look like sweet angels in their world of slumber. Animals can be very precious. God Bless You, and all your family Dear heart.


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Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Minnetonka Twin, dog pictures are beautiful and I really enjoyed your hub and how you love to take care dogs. Thanks for sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

That must've been really tough Karen. I too hope she found a good home. Animals really get into our hearts don't they? Thanks for coming by friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Polly-I would say your a true animal lover. That must have been a little on the chaotic side with all those animals. I can't imagine taking care of so many. Two is a good number for me and still keeps me on my toes. Thanks for stopping and Happy Thanksgiving:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Stars-Aren't they so sweet though? Thanks for seeing how precious they are. Joey was a little jelous at first but now he loves his new baby sister. God Bless you friend and Happy Thanksgiving:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

neverletitgo-So glad you enjoyed the story of my two dogs. They mean so much to me. Happy Thanksgiving new friend:)


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meteoboy 6 years ago from GREECE

Pretty nice story. I had a dog when I was younger. Thank you for sharing with us this sweet story.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi meteoboy-I bet you have some great memories of your dog. You should hub about it. Dogs sure have a way of grabbing onto your heart. Thanks for visiting:)


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Heart warming story. I think pets are Gods small reminder of His unconditional love. Happy Holidays to you and yours.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

pmccray-It is great to have the unconditional love of a pet in this too often crazy world we live in. They are a good reminder of innocence and loyalty and true friendship. Thanks so much for coming by:)


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

Hey Minnetonka, I was smiling the entire read. You are so right about canines, and how devoted and non prejudicial they are.

My hound Elliot, has put such a new twist on my life... for sure he has. This guy rescued me also. :]

Great write and a positive, as well as, inspiring piece.

Peace Twin Sister ! greg


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

You know I love your work and this is another great work! God bless!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Greg-You get the deep appreciation and love of dogs. Please say hi to Elliot for me and give him a little scratch behind the ear too. I am so glad you enjoyed my hub:)and so glad you were rescued by Elliot:)


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

:] Hugs! ~=:o woof!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

gg-Thanks for reading my story about my baby doggies. I love them so...


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Juliette Morgan 5 years ago

Hello, both Joey and Spooky are lovely - what cushy sleeping arrangements they have!! 3 is obviously Joey's really lucky number. God bless you and your fur babies - I know, as every loving dog owners realises - yes they do know when you need extra tlc and in turn we know too- a totally symbyotic relationship which is the ideal. No wonder some dog owners say their dog is 'the love of their life'! It's a very close call..


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know Juliette-Their loves of our lives because they are so unconditional and loyal. Sounds like your a dog lover too and have experienced that relationship.

Thanks for reading about my doggies. :)


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Animals can truly be life savers. I also was "rescued" at a bad time in my life by the two cats we took from a litter my brother and his wife had. Like you said, it was just what the doctor ordered. I've always loved animals...they are true gifts that nature gave us, the very best kind.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I am so glad to hear that you got rescued by two cats. Animals just find their way into parts of our hearts that other's can't. So glad to know another animal lover on HubPages. Our animals are such a gift:)


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dstarek 5 years ago

Great story! Rescue dogs are the best!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi dstarek-I know you know how great rescue dogs are. Just look at your cute Mindy dog. What a cutie.


PunRun 5 years ago

Hi, I always love to read stories about dogs having a family to love them. I can relate to your story as to why Joey and Spooky brought happiness to your home because I also grew up having dogs in the house.

Like you I also write hubs about them and even made a blog for my doggies. Looking forward for more PAWtastic story!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dogs are so amazing, aren't they PunRun. Can't wait to hear some of your stories of the furry kind. I too can't get enough of doggy tales. I will look forward to some PAWtastic dog stories:)


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv

Yes Dogs are great. we just got another dog for our dog. Luckily they all get along with the cat and guinea pigs. it is kinda like a zoo at times but I wouldn't trade it for anything...


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sounds like a wonderful and happy place. What kind of dog did you get????


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

OK, Minnetonka Twin, this hub got me! I have two rescued yellow labs...Lexi & Troy. They are a dream come true for this family who lost our first lab, Blondie, to diabetes & probably cancer. The doctors weren't sure. It took 2 to replace one but they are truly gifts from God.

I have a number of hubs in the wings...one is about adopting Lexi, in particular. When it's written, this hub is getting a link! Voted up and funny (gave me a chuckle)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Sinea Pies, I can't wait to see your hubs about your adopted dogs. You are a lab lover too I see. Aren't they the most lovable and loyal dogs. That is so sweet that you will put this link on your hub. I notice that my dog stories are some of my best hubs and people love to read about animals. I will await your dog hubs:)


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

I love it... I really love dogs but we never had a dog as we don't live in our home because of my parent's transferable jobs. That's why I make myself happy by reading hubs like this.... Really brought a smile on my face..... :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

So glad this hub made you smile Sneha. Animals just have a way of getting into your heart the way most humans cant. I love my doggies so much


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

"She had a white patch on her belly just like my childhood dog, Spooky." - What a coincidence! Or should call it a sign indeed? Whichever it is, I am very happy that you're a good parent to your doggie and you opt to adopt dogs rather than buy them at the pet shops :) Really, it breaks my heart to see such staggering number of abandoned and abused animals, as well as pets put to sleep because nobody would want to have them in their homes.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Kerlynb-You are another dog lover like me. I am so blessed to have this blessing of these loving dogs. Yes, when I saw spooky at the humane society, I noticed the white belly and black body just like my childhood dog. I knew she was for me. I have always missed my childhood dog and now I can relive the memories. It's painful for me to think about the dogs that don't make it. OUch!


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

Hi - I really enjoyed your story - it's great to read all the comments and see that there are so many people out there who feel the same way about pets, and know how they should be treated and respected - to often we read about the other kind - regards, B.

P.S. I left you a message, after your comment on 'Pets and Celebrations, about the barking at guests, and food eating - hope it helps - B.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Great to see you B. I'll take a skip over and see your comments and thanks in advance for the advice. It is amazing to see all these dog lovers on hubpages. I think pets are one of God's miracles. They just bring so much joy and happiness to life.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Aww, how sweet. Love the photos...they look like our dog. Enjoyed the hub. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Denise-Dogs are the best! I will check out and see if you have any dog hubs :-)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a nice story of those two sweet dogs in your life...Joey and Spooky. I do think that they are like angels in our lives and give us so much more than we can ever repay. They sure look cute asleep on "their" couch at night! They probably let you use it on occasion also. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You sure know dogs Peggy with that comment. Yes, on occasion we get the couch. LOL I can't imagine not having my two dogs. They are such an important part of our family. Thanks for reading this story Peggy :-)

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