Saving Shelter Dogs

Truman in relaxed mode.
Truman in relaxed mode.

I had found a new friend while desperately searching for an old one who had somehow slipped through an untended gate. My roommates and I like to think that “Burnsy” has found a happy temporary-forever home (until we find him again!) This all happened two years ago and in more melancholy moments we wonder if he is not being silly on the storied Rainbow Bridge as he greets new arrivals to animal heaven just as he enjoyed being the house greeter when not chewing our furniture. With a patchwork mix of colors, gangly legs, one pointed ear, one floppy ear, one blue eye, and one brown eye; He was once best described as “being put together with the left over parts of other dogs” and he liked to destroy our property. We miss him.

I like to think we took all measures to find our friend and those included daily trips to the County Humane Society. I would begin with “the book.” It was a compilation of the furry victims who had not made it to the tenuous existence of animal jail. Once I had assured myself there was still a chance; I would walk the cages, peering into each face staring through the bars, being barked at for my troubles, or worse, stared at vacantly by the forlorn occupants within.

To mentally steel myself I remained focused on finding our guy. Despite my best efforts, the presence of these “other” scared and scarred pups imprinted themselves on my subconscious. After about six weeks I was touring the cages one day when I stopped in front of Truman. Of course, he wasn’t Truman at that point, at that point he was L79372 (or whatever). He lay sprawled in his cage on his belly, face pointed away from me. When he noticed me he cast a long look at me over his shoulder as his tongue lolled to the side. After a bit he just laid his head back down. He was huge and the hairiest dog I had ever seen. Glancing at his “Rap Sheet” pinned to the cage I noted that he was a Great Pyrenees and his “day” was up the next day.

Finding a shelter worker, whose badge identified him, amusingly, as “Timmy!”, and telling him of my interest, I was informed that they were not sure he could walk as he had been disinclined, previously, to make the effort. My interest now tinged with concern, I asked "Timmy!" to try and we moved him from his cage to the “outside” play area.

It was painful to watch.

His four legs were, variously, splayed out in seven different directions as he was more pulled and dragged then anything else through the building. It didn’t look encouraging. My first thought was, “the buck stops here,” regarding this dog’s attitude about moving when he didn’t want to! About twenty minutes later we were still dragging his 120-pounds of surly recalcitrance across the smooth concrete floor when another shelter employee loudly proclaimed, “The Buck Stops here, huh?” It was at that moment that Truman became Truman although I recall thinking I would have preferred the guy’s help with moving the dog rather than naming him as I pushed from behind and “Timmy!” pulled from the front.

Continued exertions eventually found the three of us panting by the door to the outside. As soon as it opened Truman got up and ran out. “Timmy!” And I exchanged wry looks.

“Well I guess he can walk,” “Timmy!” noted blandly.

“Ya think?” I deadpanned back.

After a bit I asked if I could have him. I was told no. Not until the next day. Additionally, before I selected him, “Timmy!” recommended that I go home and research the breed before making a choice. It was good advice.

My research indicated that, as a breed, Great Pyrenees tend to eat a lot, shed a lot, run away a lot, bark a lot, and were generally not for the feint of heart. My room mates agreed, we had to bring him home because he simply seemed to have too much personality to be bound in such a small space. As it turned out, my earlier research was correct, he is a handful.

Each day since has been a joy that I do not regret for a minute!

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WhatBigJohnThinks 5 years ago

I applaud your efforts. I myself have had 9 dogs either from our local Humane Society or from rescues.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Thanks BigJohn! Rescue animals are the best, although, with 9 of 'em running around...you would know better than I!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a wonderful story although sad that you did not find Burnsy yet. Great Pyrenees dogs are gorgeous dogs as we can see by that picture of Truman. I have 2 Newfoundland dogs so I can totally relate to shedding. Hair everywhere :). Loved your story.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Susan...I LOVE newfies! The question becomes do I wish to be covered in white fur or black fur?? Thanks for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

It's great to adopt shelter animals. I liked reading your hub. And I really enjoyed how you express yourself on your profile. I think I'll be reading more of you!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Victoria~~I hope you will enjoy my other random thoughts and I'm glad you like this one!


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

So glad you rescued Truman, and hope he's become your new best friend.

Jaye


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Jaye...he is my new best friend! Even after I came home (a week into our relationship) and found him laying among the debris of my couch that he had gutted. The inside of the couch was white...he's white...all I saw were two eyes (his) blinking at me. Yeah...he's my best friend.


Ghost32 5 years ago

Right on.

I couldn't vote in the poll. Not qualfied, since we've got cats, not pups. They were both "acquired" as born-feral kittens, though, so maybe that counts.

And we did have one dog come to us on Easter morning this year to be saved. A 150 pound Neapolitan Mastiff came ambling up the driveway (we live way rural, off grid), barking to let us know--from a throat so worn out, I thought he was a raven at first.

Kept him for four days, till he let us know it was time for a change of plans by peeing repeatedly all over the floor. So, off to the pound we go--where, it turned out, his original owners had posted a notice with the officer (the pound is run by Sierra Vista PD) in case somebody brought him in.

Happy endings all around.

Truman looks awesome--and you obviously could have named him nothing else.

Voted Up, etc.


Becky 5 years ago

My current dog was a birthday present from my husband. He is a mixed breed and my husband took him from someone he saw beating him. Not a pound puppy but a rescued puppy. My husband told the guy if he ever saw him with another dog, HE was the one getting beat.

The previous one was from a shelter and was her third trip into it. The first time she was a puppy, the second time she had grown too much, the third time her owners moved and couldn't take her with them. I think they were all fools. One time, she peed in the house, I spanked her, chewed her out and put her in the yard. Never another accident, she had it figured out. Very smart dogs, both of them.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

@ Ghost...That most certainly counts! My ex-wife, several girl-friends, and room-mates have all been fans of the felines...as such, I have gotten to know a few pretty good ones! tho...now that I the Trooms (as we like to call him) the cat's stay away from our side of the house...lol.

@Becky...Your husband and you are doing God's work! I get very tired of people dumping their dogs at the first sign of any trouble...our shelter is stuffed to the gills with em...very sad.


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camsolivia 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Great heart! I love this story...and the beautiful heart who wrote it. Thanks for sharing the moment.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

I do have a soft spot for huge, hairy, drooly, hounds with attitude...lol. Thanks for your kind works...I'm glad you were able to meet Truman.


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jhamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

Give Truman a great big hug for me.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

He is hugged. I am now pulling white fur off every part of me that touched him.


Becky 5 years ago

LOL, My dog has long, black hair.


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

HHHmmm, Teddy didn't do the "can't walk" bit, but once we sprang him from his glass cubicle and he was outside the shelter doors, he was ready to book it! And then, taking him back in and handing him back over to the volunteer you could just see his heart sink and his demeanor too. Yep, these guys definitely know there's a life outside those shelter doors - Teddy never looked back once we broke him out for good! [definitely voted Up and funny]

And here I thought I was already following you - well got that covered now too!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

@ Becky: I had a big black chow/monster/unknown mutt years back...same problem/different color. I prefer the black...probably because I wear more black then white...but...yeah...Truman is a pain in the ass. I played with variations of his name...I ended up with ("Hairy? Yes. Truman")...you know...in keeping with the whole 33rd president thing. Love him...still...pain.

@ tarrka: I volunteer up here at our local shelter...you know...play with 'em, walk 'em, get 'em better socialized so they don't act like spastic nuts when it's "show time" for their potential forever family? It kills me every time I have to bring them back in...you are right...they know. Thanks for stopping and meeting Truman.


Becky 5 years ago

I like your choice of names. I have had Clinton, the donkey. Timex and Rolex, the brother watch dogs were little bitty dogs we had for several years. Rufus is the dog we have now and he is a sheltie mix. His hair is about 3-5 inches and black. I wear mostly white and light colored tops. It shows up like your white dog hair on black.


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PoliticsNOW 5 years ago from New York

Another great hub. We rescued a 12 year old greyhound. She died two years later. We were on the hunt again for a new pup. Did not feel right getting up in the morning without someone to walk. We rescued a half black lab half american bulldog from a kill shelter in Georgia. He was one day from being put down.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Politics...my profile picture is actually a variation of the first thing I see every morning when I wake up...I do know what you mean! I like the old saves...they do deserve to spend their last "smiles" sitting on my couch rather than stressed out in a kennel. Thanks for saving dogs in Georgia!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and I am looking forward to sharing many more hubs with you.

You obviously have a heart of gold . The dogs that end up at yours are also lucky to be in your care.

I vote this one up and up.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Eiddwen...thank you for stopping by and exploring my thoughts. I have a number of hub ideas percolating...a couple of them are, of course, Truman related...I hope you end up liking those as well! Thanks for the up votes...always appreciated!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh, I love a happy ending! Great Hub!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Simone...when it comes to shelter animals...Happy endings are the best way to go!! Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I got my cat from The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society. It is different than a pound as animals aren't euthanized unless they are terminally ill. Amy is an old cat who had been abused. I take it Truman is your avatar? How sweet.

Congratulations on your nomination.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Flora...I love old cats! When they are old they are fully willing to accept all the love that is due them. I know...they just want the heat...still. Yes...Truman is my avatar and that is typically the first thing I see in the morning. Thank you...my nomination for what?


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

Yo ThoughtSandwiches - you have been nominated in the category for Pets and Animals during the Labor Day HubNuggets - Holiday Hooplah......CONGRATS! Check it out - it is the Hub by Patty Inglish.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Tarrka...thanks for the heads up! Flora had mentioned something but I wasn't sure what he was talking about. I saw it...pretty cool. Yes...I voted for myself. lol


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

Right on!!!!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Timmy? Wasn't that the name of the boy in Lassie. Those "days up" are tragic but thank goodness you hooked up with Truman Thought. Love this story and like the way you wrote it my friend.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

Good hub! We love our shelter dog who has been a part of the family for 12 years now! God bless and good luck with your hubnugget nomination!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

@ Alastar...I think the "Timmy" he was going for was the "South Park" character rather than the Lassie rendition...but I had forgotten about that Timmy...wasn't he the kid who ended up the bottom of a well in every episode. lol...ask me...Darwin in action?? lol...as always my friend...I love seeing your kind words and presence among my comments.

@prektjr...Thank you for looking in on Truman! Like yours...he has become a part of our family that is impossible to deny! Go shelter dog (and cats!)saving!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

To follow one's heart like saving shelter dogs can indeed bring untold joy. Thank you for sharing your heartwarming story. :)

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To all who would like to participate and vote and support our nominees, just click on this link please: http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub... have fun with the Hubnuggets.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

@ ripplemaker...Thank you for taking a peek at Truman and your kind works of congratulations! Please stop by anytime!


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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia

My dog is a found dog and her name is Lady - like in the Disney movie, my girlfriend's idea.

I heard that a dog you save will always be a better friend than a dog you 'buy'... Well, Lady is a wonderful friend and a handful, just like Truman :)

This was a nice hub, Thomas.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Boskov...

I am glad you liked it. I have always had a soft spot for animals and Truman is the latest manifestation of that. Lady is a great name and I agree with you...somehow they know you saved them.

Thomas


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I have two rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats right now. I have had a few through the years. The best dog we have ever had, we have right now. She was a puppy mill mama that was rescued. She has more personality than we have ever seen in an animal. We named her, "Angel", and she is one!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Amazingly awesome:))


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Bless you for looking out for the shelter animals! I love them too. I had one pedigree dog, an American Eskimo and she was a nightmare. I either get animals from the pound or take in strays too. They are the most loving pets. Voted WAAAY up!!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Cindy...

Shortly after getting Truman, my room mates went down and got a little girl they named Millie...(cuz she was also a puppy mill mamma). Her and Truman get along fine in a love/hate kind of way but Millie did suffer from her life before they saved her. It's very sad what people will do to an animal. Thank you for being a 'saver'!!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Linda...

Thanks for the read and comment! I have to say...in terms of the deal...I got the better end of things because as dogs go, you are right...he IS amazingly awesome!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Tammy...

Thank you in (no particular) order for 1) taking in strays, 2) doing pound saves, 3) the votes Up, and 4) the Share! Also thanks for the read!

Thomas

PS...I have been having issues with my (share) function button...Conjunction junction...oh...sorry...Anyway...my wish is to pimp your latest so I will attempt to do so here. http://hubpages.com/technology/What-Are-Air-Sex-Co...


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

We also have dogs (two of them) adopted from people who are not capable of giving them a descent home. And I am proud of such accomplishment. They make good buddies and family members. :D


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Singernurse...

I'm very glad you were able to find Truman's story here as you seem to get it with the "saves" as you have two yourself! I have always believed that they give back way more in terms of being besties!

Thanks for reading and it's very nice meeting you!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi wmhseo...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Thanks,

Thomas


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

TS! I have read all your funny Hubs and I never pegged you as a BIG softie :) I love your account of finding Truman and I love him and his furry attitude. Thanks for sharing this lovely story. My dog is a rescue too. Someone threw him off an apartment balcony - a good citizen saw my poor pooch and ran him to the vet - the vet then fixed dog up and sent him to the Human Society. He's the best boy eva :)


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Ardie...

A big softie...??? Me?? Naw...I'm all about being rough and tumble...lol. That said...Truman is my big boy and I'm certainly glad we were able to drag him through the building to make sure he could walk. I have since learned (in the past two years) ...he is ALL furry attitude!

Your special guy sounds awesome and he obviously couldn't have found a better home! He sounds like he has a lot of heart! Perhaps one day he and Truman can play together!

Thanks for reading!

Thomas


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great story about Truman. We got Alex from the pound but only had him for a year, he died of cancer but had a very happy life that last year. Doc is our rescue dog.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

moonlake...

Thank you for reading Truman's story! I'm very sorry about Alex, however, by taking him out of that shelter you rocked his last year! Kiss Doc on the head for me!

Thomas


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thomas, thank you so much for saving that beautiful animal! he and I are eternally grateful. up and shared


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Sandwiches ~ Definitely a well told story about a puppy with a special name! Blessings to you both, Debby


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

What a fantastic story. Truman sounds such a character. All of the pets I have ever had have been from the local animal shelter. My latest furry friend is a ginger tom cat called Foxy. He was to be put to sleep as he has FIV, which is the human equivalent of HIV. I took him on and he is doing well. I love to hear stories of animals being rescued and he sounds like he has a loving home with you. Well done. Voted up - awesome/interesting.


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mrslagibb 4 years ago

In this day and age people regard animals especially dogs as a family member giving all the care, tenderness and love they need. I myself have saved two dogs from the street. I do believe some people just get animals for a present. It is these poor creatures that may or can end up in a dogs shelter or out on the streets. I praise ThoughtSandwiches for getting Truemen. I have seen some shelters il-treat these poor defenceless animals, and it sickens me to see this happen. My two that I saved from the streets, were my children before they passed over. What a beautiful face Trueman.

I am not sure about putting this link but I am anyway,

http://therealowner.com/dogs/in-memory-of-tasha/

Trueman most defenately has loving home with you


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Budman610 4 years ago from Ohio

The best dog we ever owned was a shelter dog. She was an aussie mix. Coincidentally, the worst dog we ever owned was a Pyrenees from a pet store. He was extremely aggressive with children and the vet told us this trait was unacceptable in the GP. Unfortunately we had to find him a new home.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

@ Justin...I have to say my friend that, as is often the case with animals, Truman saved me just as much as I saved him! Thank you for the comment, Up, and share.

@ Debby...Truman and I thank you for the words and blessings!

@ jacqui...Foxy sounds like a trooper! Thank YOU for taking on a special needs friend!

@mrslagibb...You are absolutely right...people get animals as gifts and have little interest in going the distance with them. Thank you for the link!

@ Budman610...That IS an unacceptable trait in GPs and rare. Truman is usually only aggressive around dogs that are bigger than him (happily...that doesn't happen very often). Thank you for reading!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Now I want a shelter puppy:) I had dogs growing up and have missed having them as an adult. Just wish I wasn't so allergic now! Nice hub:)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I had to come visit you again my friend, and read this wonderful story. I think it is great to be able to save animals.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

hi Kris...

Thank you for visiting me and Truman! Allergies suck and Truman would kill you with all his fur! Are cats a bother for you? Shelter Cats need love too...

Thanks for visiting!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Cindy...

Thank you for the return visit! Each virtual visit here earns Truman an actual kiss on his forehead. Needless to say...he would prefer a snausage but who wouldn't?

Thomas


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Aw such a lovely dog! I used to have an Alsation cross something or other, never did find out what the other was! but she was huge, like a great big dribbling hairy bear! loved her to bits, we lost her back in the 90s but she was 17 years old which was good for a big dog, I never got her from a a dogs home I actually 'stole' her from an abusive neighbor who left her outside everyday in all weathers, I went over to him, threw five pounds at him and walked off with the dog! he never said a word, said it all really! voted up! cheers nell


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You know these big dogs are harder to adopt out than the little cutesy ones, or so the shelter people told me. Truman was lucky the day you came around. I rescued a Maltese who was found on the streets. Weighed 5 lbs. He was so scared. I wrote a Hub about him. I named him Mister. When you have some time read about him. I would rescue all the dogs if I could.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc. and I will share. Mary


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Nell,

My goodness...17 years on a big one is almost unheard of! You were both so lucky to have one another for so long! I had detailed plans once to steal an abused dog from an ass-wipe down the road (I guess the only detail was to open his gate with a pocket full of ham and lead him to safety) but when the plan went to be executed...the dog and the ass-wipe were gone.

Clearly...I should have just grabbed up the ham and went over without over-analyzing...I will be coming to you for all my future canine-kyping-capers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thomas


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

My Jack-Russell Terrier/Mini Pinch dog, Brownie, is a shelter dog that had a horrid pass. He hates men and gets scared when you pick up something, poor thing...If I could, I would definitely adopt another shelter dog! They deserve all the loving and attention we can give.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I saved a shelter dog (a Jack Russell) who was perfectly healthy - only 2 - due to be put down in a week. He was so lively and made us so happy, then died of cancer early this year. He was 12 at the time. Happy for the ten great years he brought to us!! Rosco was a blessing indeed. Thanks for sharing, Thomas!!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Mary,

A sad commentary on shelter populations (at least here in Reno) is that 80% are comprised of Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes. It's impossible to rent a place if you have one and even if you own your home it's impossible to get insurance for your house.

As such...Truman looked dreadfully miserable in that cage when I first made his acquaintance. I was worried my landlord wouldn't let me have such a huge beast but all he asked was, "Is he a Pit?" I said no and we have been pal-ing around for the past three years!

I look forward to reading Mister's story!

Thank you for stopping by and meeting Truman!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Keith,

Sounds like the best thing that ever happened to Brownie is you! That's awesome! Truman, being a big guy, is pretty self-confident and didn't/doesn't suffer from those types of issues. My roomies dog was a puppy mill momma dog that was very badly abused by life (they named her Millie) ...she's settled down some but it's obvious that that prior life had taken a toll.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Midget,

I'm so sorry that Rosco passed this year...no matter how long you have them it is still so hard to lose them. It does sound like you all made a great team for a decade, however, and I'm so happy to hear that!

Thank you for stopping by and saying hi!

Thomas


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Thomas -

Great story! Sad about Burnsy, but what luck for Truman!

I've only been to the pound one time. In college, I had two cats. I was sure that Black Wolf had been leaving liquid deposits on my furniture, although I had never caught her in the actual act. I decided to the pound she must go. Once inside the front, they had me put her in a glass door compartment. As they questioned my intent, her pleas echoed from behind the glass. I looked back at her, tears welling, and in a choked voice told the gatekeeper to forget it. I opened the doors, grabbed her in my arms, and left without another word. Turned out Antonius was the culprit in the end.

Again, great story! Too bad there's not an icon for "sentimental fools" like us.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

That is awesome that you rescued your handsome Truman. Many more innocent lives could be saved if more people adopted dogs from shelters.

Voted up/beautiful and shared!


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Thanks for adopting shelter dogs. What a wonderful thing it is to save a life and get a new best friend.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

rcrumple,

I can only imagine Antonius' disappointment when he saw you bring Black Wolf back into the house and he realized...his frame up job was a failure...lol!

Damn animals...making us act like sentimental fools! (There SHOULD be an icon for that).

Thanks for stopping by and meeting Truman!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

jennzie,

As I like to say, If you want to save a life...go to a shelter...If you want to save hundreds of lives...get them spayed/neutered! I'm very glad you liked this and thank you for the wonderful comment, vote, and share!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Sherry Hewins!!

It is wonderful to see you my friend and I could not agree with you more! Truman has probably saved me (mentally) as much as I ever saved him (physically)! lol...it's good to have furry friends!

Thank you for stopping by and meeting the boy!

Thomas


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lannm 4 years ago from Out here somewhere

I also have a rescue dog and it is awesome to see thoses who have such a big heart. Hopefully as more people read your work they will open their hearts also.


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joytruthlove 4 years ago

very touching


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

lannm,

Saving pups is the best! Thank you for saving yours and your kind words. My hope is that people will always cruise by the shelter before going to a pet store!

Thomas


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

joytruthlove,

Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it!

Thomas


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Thomas,

I'm glad Truman selected you to be his friend. He make a great choice.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Daisy,

Thank you very much! I have to say though in the friend gathering realm that I was the lucky one that day!

Thomas

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