Canines

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:8-9

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Meet Devon and Zevon.  They introduced my husband and I in 2005.  They are who we give credit to for the sign that is displayed in our house:

“All because two hearts fell in love.”

Devon, the boxer, came into my life in 2004.  I was in the process of buying a house and top of my list for a house – was a fenced yard for my future dog.  Being super excited for my first dog, she came first, but shortly after, my townhouse did too.  As I’m hoping to discover (or uncover) throughout this blog, my heart is for dogs and if I had the money and room (and patience) I would rescue many many dogs.  I’m hoping that is what my future holds, but it has to start somewhere and with one dog and for me, that dog was Devon.  Formally Delilah, I found a post on craigslist of all places.  A family in Griffin, GA was about to take her to the pound.  I dragged my parents with me and it was love at first sight.  It was obvious she was abused, underweight, and was severely afraid of men.  But as soon as we laid eyes on each other and she curled her little 35 lb self onto my lap, she was in the back of my parents Mercedes coming home with me.  Her name is Devon because that is the town in PA where I spent much of my childhood.  She still has her fear of men, but is probably more my husband’s dog than mine these days (or probably even LM’s!)  There is still a glimpse of that insecure scared pup in there, but she is a confident 50 lb protector of our family and turns 10 this year (2013).

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Zevon came into Steven’s life in 2005.  A scrawny puppy that someone had tied to the fence at the Atlanta Humane Society.  Formally Zoe, he adopted her at 6 months old and named her after his favorite, or as he described “the greatest singer/songwriter ever” Warren Zevon.  He spent many a day with her tethered to his hip training her around our neighborhood and local park.  It was around the neighborhood that Devon and Zevon started their love affair bringing Steven and I closer together (did I mention we were neighbors and lived about 50 ft away for a half year prior to this).  Our shared love for these creatures were the reason for many walks, hikes, trips, and about a year later our engagement.  Zevon has now filled out to a solid 60 lbs and is co-protector of our domain and children and currently takes up residence at the bottom of LL’s bed each night.  She turns 9 this year (2013).

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And since we have started this blog – meet Baxter, born somewhere around June 2012 and came into our lives February 2013.  Read all about how we found him, when we decided to keep him, and an update!  He was the third dog we weren’t planning on, but now belongs to us, specifically LL.  He keeps the girls young and us on our toes.  He is a happy go-lucky puppy that sure has brightened up our lives!

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Throughout the years we have rescued many dogs.  I wish we had recorded all of those stories, maybe I will share a few in this blog (like the one I saved from a busy road at dark when I was 7 months pregnant or the one that shortly after we found her gave birth to 9 puppies)  I feel very confident that God has placed a strong desire on my heart to speak for those who cannot.  I hope that my passion can start to come out more this year and I can figure out just how to make a difference in the lives of animals.

There is a quote according to my Google search by Brandi Snyder: “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” I like to keep that in my mind with helping dogs, I may not be able to help/save them all, but if I can make a difference in just one dogs life, than their life will forever be changed.

Here are a few of my favorite animal groups:

Best Friends Animal Society - Kanab, UT

ASPCA

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