Both pups grew over the summer into wonderful family companions who gave just as much love as they received. They went on hay rides (really) and to baseball games and wherever else the family could include their dogs. A very active life for a couple of dogs who became true family members.
The family noticed that Suzie was having trouble keeping up at times with her brother and with them. Concerned they took movies of Suzie when playing and running, taking Suzie and their videos to their veterinarian. Sadly, Suzie was diagnosed with canine myelopathy. At first heartbroken by the news, the family became educated about the disease. I asked them what they were going to do and the reply not only made me proud but brought tears to my eyes: "Mom, we adopted her. She's not going anywhere. We'll do what we have to do to make her happy and will adjust to her disability". (In another post I'll talk more about Suzie's disability and her disease.)
Cody grew and grew and grew. It seemed like in no time he was celebrating his first birthday. He went to obedience classes with his little sister, learned a myriad of fun tricks and behaviors. Whatever came his way as a challenge he took on with all four paws and a smile!
This past week Cody had his "big boy" operation marking another milestone in his life. Spay and neuter is a way of life for my family. This wonderful dog has traveled this past year from fat and chubby puppy, to big brother, to class clown and now has marked his milestone moment in time - his neuter.
I realize that not everyone is convinced that altering their companion animal is the right thing to do, but go to your local shelter and talk to them about how many animals they put to death because there are far too few homes for all of the abandoned, homeless or over-produced dogs and cats. And, if you are still not convinced, help them with euthanasia. Bring an animal out of its cage all happy with a waggling tail because he thinks he's going for a walk, hold him and watch the life pour out of his body, then put him in a pile with the others that died that day.
Dogs dig under fences and jump over them and chew through their leash. Cats slide out the door in a heartbeat. If not spayed or neutered they will happily add to the pet overpopulation - and when they finally make it back home (and hope they do) you will never know where they've been or what they've done. If you've read this far, I hope I've convinced at least one person to do the right thing for their pet and for all the others that don't need to be born.