Friday, April 13, 2012

Timmy & Lassie

On Sunday night, right before Wonderful World of Disney, I used to watch Lassie.  By that time she had left Timmy and life on the farm.  Lassie now saved small children, adults and whatever else needed rescue, she was the partner of Cory Stewart, a Forest Ranger.
We got our first Shetland Sheep Dog (Sheltie) in 1982,  a puppy we named Cider because of her Sable coloring.  The puppy was not healthy and hundreds of dollars went to the vet.  We had a two year old girl, Mr. Wonderful was in grad school and the money for milk was spent on the little dog we loved so much.
Finally, it was determined that Cider needed  surgery that had a 50% chance of making her well.  We took her to the Humane Society and left her hoping someone else could take care of her medical bills.  Back in the parking lot and cried our eyes out.  The grief went on for about two months, then one day the two year old came asked, "Where did Cider go?"  We said we would 'never do that again.'  We had two more children but no dogs.
In her senior year of high school our youngest daughter took a marketing class.  She used it to her advantage, I'd close the bathroom door and there was a poster with the words, "I want a puppy."  Her sister got married, her brother was in the Air Force, she wanted a dog.

We went to the Humane Society and brought Maja home, a five year old Sheltie.  She was the smartest dog we had ever met, her vocabulary was more than 75 words!  Our daughter taught her Spanish in addition to English!  She liked catching popcorn mid-air and she could bounce a ball repeatedly off her nose.  She lived to be 11 years old.  We cried our eyes out again.
We lasted six weeks (with no dog) when Toffee, a beautiful 18 month old barking boy came from another shelter.  That Sheltie is another story, he was with us two years.
Shelties are herders and love to run, they are small but quick.  Bo Peep's sheep don't have a chance!
Everybody sing:  "There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name -Oh!  B-I-N-G-O!
The last tag on the string, the names of our Shelties and Baby Sally making doggie cookies.
Here's Miss Josie hanging out in my craft room, this is the last "baby" I intend to have!


  1. Very sweet!! Love your post!!
    I grew up with Beagles, and our growing family had one for 13 years. Taking care of my mom took the place of getting another pooch. After my mom passed, we rescued a mutt from the humane society and then 6 months later we rescued anthoer mutt.
    I would not trade having my dogs for anything!

    Hugs, chris

  2. Oh, what a sweet post!! Love your adorable banner!! The graphics are so lovely!! Miss Josie is beautiful!! xo Heather

  3. Awwww. Each one of them has a special place in your heart, don't they. They truly are one of the prettiest dogs. My neighbors had one and we loved her! Brandy got out one day and was gone for a couple of days. We cried too. Thankfully she was found and returned.

  4. I spent an entire childhood petless. My father is horribly allergic. He told me I grew up I could have all the animals I wanted. Lucky for me I married a pet loving man. His wedding gift to me was a Golden Retriever. We know have 3 dogs...I cannot imagine a house without paws...Your Josie is a sweet lassie of her own. Keep those banners coming I love them. Smiles...Renee

  5. I enjoyed reading this doggy tale. But when do we get the rest of the story about Toffee?

  6. Such a sweet post...Miss Josie is so cute! Love all of your creations, too! Thanks so much for stopping by my linens post!

  7. Oh! Lassie! This post brings me back to childhood, I watched much the TV series Lassie.
    And his work was beautiful. Congratulations!


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