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A Dog Blog

| 2/19/2009 4:47:00 PM

Tags: dogs, Elly, puppy, Rio,

Becky, Andy, and EllyWell, we went and did it. We got ourselves a puppy. It’s not that we were looking all that hard for a dog; this little guy just sort of fell into our laps. He needed a home by February 12th, or he was headed to the pound where he’d most likely be euthanized. We couldn’t let that happen! Plus ... the farm does need a dog ... So last week, we adopted Oreo, a 4 month old Lab/Blue Heeler mix with dark brown eyes and a tender spirit. He has quickly wiggled his way into our hearts. Here you can see him with Andy and Elly through our kitchen window.

Elly, Andy and Rio the Lab/Blue Heeler mix puppy pose for a photo

But before I begin to tell you about our new adventures with Oreo (now it’s Rio, as Andy has coined him), I must back up a bit and give honor to our farm dog that we lost this summer. Before we were sharing our lives with all of you here at GRIT, we had a few months blogging online by ourselves. I’d like to re-post one of those blogs in which I detail the life and times of our faithful friend, Candy. She made a big impact here on the farm and excluding her from our dog archives would not be right. So, from July 2008, here is the story:

Candy the shepard/heeler/who-knows-what mix farm dogIt is with a sad heart that we post this blog tonight. At around ten this morning, we had to euthanize Candy, our farm dog of 12 years. Yes, this is the same dog that only days ago was rambunctiously reeking havoc with our new sheep.

Some things aren’t always as they seem. She just became really sick on Tuesday. We took her to the vet first thing Wednesday morning, and she didn’t improve. Amongst a host of other issues, her kidneys were failing. It’s weird to hear that with a dog; but there’s no dialysis for animals, at least not that a farmer could afford. The humane thing was to put her down quietly and with family holding her.

Candy ... this little Shephard/Heeler/who-knows-what mix has been running through mud puddles for over a decade here!

3/13/2009 1:41:54 AM

Thank you for your wonderful post about Candy. She was a beautiful dog- what a blessing to have such a gift in your life for all those years! I am sure that Heaven includes the animals, and that Candy is there now. All the best to your family and little Rio.

Cindy Murphy
2/21/2009 7:53:55 AM

It's evident from your blog, Becky, that Candy was a wonderful dog, very much loved, and very much missed. Peace, muddy paws, and maple shade to her, wherever she may be now. Looking forward to hearing of your adventures with the new pup, Rio. We've got a new puppy too, (well, new as in November), courtesy of that exact line you gave your father so long ago..."We promise we will take care of her, and you won't have to do a thing". My daughters handed us that line, Hubs and I fell for it, and wanna guess who deals with the muddy puppy paws?

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