Doggy Photo Shoot Day #56

Sir Thomas’ companion for half his life. A good friend to him. This is Dixie. Dixie “Bella”! …with her toys.

As I walked Sir Thomas, my daughter, then 15, walked dogs as a volunteer at our local animal shelter.  I use to accompany her, per shelter rules,  until she was 16.   She walked many dogs.  I didn’t pay particular attention since I use to be busy walking Sir Thomas. 

This pup was returned to the shelter by her previous owners stating she was an aggressive one.  My daughter  walked this 1-year-old quite a few times  since its return.  And, the animal did not seem to be aggressive but scared, and walked timidly.  My young child found the statement by the previous owners to be far from accurate.  One day when she was at the shelter, she found out that this sweet  puppy was going to be put to sleep in the next seven days.  My daughter swiftly took action.  She spoke to her dad requesting him to come to the shelter and meet her furry friend.  Dad went, met, and brought this friend  home!  

Dixie looking inside. She is super gentle.

Really there was not much to say!  Dixie was home.  And, we suddenly were going to be parents of  two dogs.  A thought that never ever had crossed my mind!  Sir Thomas immediately recognized Dixie when she came home.  Both their tails wagged.  And, I knew it’ll all be okay.

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My daughter was right!  This animal-being has been noting but beautiful, kind, loving and soft hearted.  She has the sweetest personality.  She loves to be held like a little dog.  She listens to instructions.  She loves loves loves my husband.  I guess she knows who brought her home.

Looking back, my daughter walked Dixie enough times to recognize that she looked tough but was gentle.  Her pit bull face didn’t do much good for her, but I’m glad my daughter could see all the good in this pups face.  One day a neighbor of mine did say to me that pit bull’s are dangerous.  I kindly replied  not pit bulls, but us.  Over the years, he has come to recognize how good Dixie is.

Dixie  has a loving soul.  She  followed Sir Thomas all around.  He did not mind her.  When he got tired of her, he would huff, and she would go do her stuff.  Almost  every evening they had a special play time – pulling on a stuffed toy, barking at each other, nipping action with no nipping, tails up and wagging.  They were a steady companion to each other.

Dixie being Dixie! Thomas’ biggest fan.

I’m sure she misses Sir Thomas.  But she seems happy following my hubby around.  He is her true love!  As I end this article, I hear Dixie “Bella” follow my husband back and forth, in and out, and up and down as he works in the back yard.  Endless love 🙂

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…”But You Pull Me So Hard!”

4:10 PM: I’m sitting, in my car, waiting for my daughter to finish walking the dogs at our local animal shelter.  Dixie, our pit-bull, came with me today.  I’m contemplating giving her a 20-minute walk, and then relaxing back in the car.

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Dixie. Always ready to go!

4:15 PM: Dixie is whining to be taken out. I hear several shelter dogs barking. She is getting excited hearing all the barking.  (This was her home before.) I leash her up and out we go.

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That mighty speed pulls me hard!

4:16 PM: “STOP PULLING GIRL,” I say loudly to her.  But she keeps on it.  And, she is not a small dog…she is strong, about 45 pounds.  “DON’T PULL, Dixie girl,” I say again.  No change.  The would-be-20-minute-walk is abruptly halted by me.  Dixie turns and looks at me… her big brown eyes asking, “WHY DID YOU STOP?”  Completely out of breath, I angrily said, “…BUT YOU PULL ME SO HARD!

4:19 PM:  I’m back in the car with Dixie.  I decided the pulling was just too much for me to handle.   Now she is looking out the window, whining.  I feel bad but I’ve decided not to get her out anymore.

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Whining while looking out the window.

4:30 PM:  “P-U-L-L-E-E-E-E-E-E-Z-E take me out mommy,”  is what I hear from Dixie’s whining.  I keep playing on my phone pretending not to hear her.  Several minutes go by, and the whining sounds more like a cry, now.  And, this crying cannot be ignored.  It’s making me sad and I’ve started feeling guilty.  (And, I thought I was going to relax).

4:45 PM: “If I take you out, NO pulling Dixie,” I say firmly as I pick up the leash.  Her tail, now wagging full-speed…(I can’t even see the tail clearly…looks like a Chinese fan, it’s quite a speed!)  That made me smile. What a sweet creature!  I kiss her on her head as I hooked her.

4:46 PM: I open the back door, and she takes off!  “DIXIE STOP,” I scream.  She stops – not by the fence, inside of which are shelter dogs – but by one of the shelter windows.  She stands on her two, and pierces inside. (She probably sees familiar faces.)

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First opportunity I get, I grab Dixie’s leash.  I take her to the fenced area.  The dogs, behind the fence are in their cages, and they start barking when they see Dixie.  She barks back.  Then suddenly she sits by the fence and watches them.  They keep barking, but Dixie keeps watching.  (Watching her old friends.)

4:55 PM:  “Dixie come.”  “DIXIE come.”  “DIXIE!”  “COME-ON!”  Dixie did not budge.  I could see in her big brown eyes, a spark of hope for her friends.  My heart aches.  I love Dixie…even if she pulls me hard!

5:00 PM: My daughter, muddy from playing and running with some of Dixie’s friends, is finished for today.  Dixie runs to her, licks her to no end. My daughter takes her lease, and they walk back to the car.  (Dixie does not pull her!)  What?  How come? Then I realize – Dixie is 2 in dog years…a teen in human years…of course, she is supposed to give her mother a hard time!  🙂

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Moment & Motion: I almost missed it!

Moment and Motion
I just happened to walk into this moment. Camera in my hand to photograph flowers outside. Saw Dixie, our pit bull, in this big tub. My daughter went to hug Dixie, and Dixie made this giant leap out…and I instantly clicked my camera knowing I won’t get anything. But, surprisingly, this is what I caught!

Photo 101, day 13

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Doggy Photo Shoot Day #30


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“I’m a big follower of Sir Thomas.  I know you know him already. He has taught me how to be a beagle. My family keeps insisting that I’m a pit bull. What do they know? I do love my family though.” (Dixie’s thoughts)

Eye Spy: photo challenge 

 

“Eye spy humans scurrying about caring for animals inside. I spy the space I use to occupy here.” Dixie’s intent gaze reveals memories of her shelter life.

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Weirdest thing!


It’s true…sometimes I forget meals for my children,  but I always remember meals for my dogs 🙂

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Thomas & Dixie: just hanging out!

It’s the weirdest thing!  Do you do that too? 😀😃

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Happy Place in Many Places!

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Happy place is – the beauty on Earth!
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Happy place is – being with family and friends ❤
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Happy place is – Where food is 🙂
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Happy place is – Where I get aromatherapy 🙂
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Happy place is – Where I get to see the snow *
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Happy place is – Where I find this quote – A happy couple: he does what she wants and she does what she wants! 🙂
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Happy place is – a place where I can take a great nap 🙂
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Happy place is – Where I find PASTA! 🙂 ❤

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

No question about it, no explanation need to be given – Happiness is with you at all times;  it’s yours to grab whenever YOU want!

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Boundaries

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“I have been calm.  Calmly sitting and watching Sir Thomas.  What’s he doing?  I want to get to where he is………nope…….no luck!” Dixie thinking and planning hard to figure out this situation:)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

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