As many of you may know, Chip and I helped found Homeward Bound Dog Rescue in 2004.  Obviously, we love dogs – and when we married we thought that our only babies would be of the furry variety. 

This year we added our newest member to our family – Tucker.  (Make sure to hold your curser over the pictures for added text)

Cute, isn’t he?

When we first got him at 10 weeks old, he had a bacterial infection that caused him to develop pneumonia and bordetella and he was a very very sick puppy for quite a long time.  He would spend hours just lying on the couch with his head in my lap.  I would look down at him and he would just reach up and lick my face and then fall back onto my lap.

Shortly after I discovered that humans can contract bordetella from their dogs.  Sigh.  So there we were, both of us “sick as a dog” on our respective antibiotics trying to get better together.  We bonded.  All of his siblings were placed in homes.  He stayed.

 We almost named him smudge because of that little bit of grey fur above his lip.  His Mom was a purebred Australian Shepherd.  Dad was a traveling salesman.

Hard to believe something this cute ends up in rescue, isn’t it?

And he has perfect manners – with people that is.  He doesn’t jump. He thinks everyone is his friend and walks up to them and just sits at their feet – even with really little kids.  He is perfect. 

Tucker is also bonded to our older puppy – Gandalf.

So now we have nine dogs, four boys, a 135 year old house and not enough hours in a day to keep up with all of it.  But waking up every morning to Tuck’s lick of my nose is a pretty good way to start my day. 

Rescue dogs come in lots of shapes and sizes and they are not all perfect.  But this one is – and we love him – and I wanted to share all this cuteness with you all.


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to Tucker

  1. danielle says:

    Yep, he’s a cutie. And I just realized my house is older than yours. I find that hard to believe.

  2. Barbara Antonelli says:

    Tucker,I can’t wait to meet you!! ,,,,,,only 33 more days! Love,grandma

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