This morning it was brought to my attention that I missed my dogs’ birthday, which was apparently yesterday. That might make me a bad fur-mom, but I didn’t realize what days their birthdays were. We rescued both of our dogs from Cincinnati Lab Rescue after they were found as strays, so we had no birthdays for either of them. August first is (apparently) a day to celebrate all dogs who were adopted or rescued from shelters. My fur-babies fit perfectly in that mix, so in honor of their big day, here is a little shout-out to my pups.
We adopted our sweet Manny boy from Cincinnati Lab Rescue in 2013. He was found as a stray, was extremely skinny (you could see and feel every vertebrae), was missing most of his hair, and was the ugliest dog at the rescue that day. There was just something about him that drew me in and Rob just thought, “Really? That one?” We are so glad that we rescued Manny and he is a joy to take care of and love; he truly is part of the family.
Manny has the most expressive eyes and face you’ll ever see and will play frisbee until he drops dead (but we don’t let him). Manny is so athletic and enjoys walking and has even ran a 5K. He used to lift weights (8 pounds!) until we made him stop. Manny is such a comforter – when you don’t feel well he lays right with you and tries to make you feel better. He was a great friend while we worked opposite shifts and kept both of us company when we were home “alone.” Words cannot honestly convey how wonderful Manny is; we will never have another dog like him. We don’t know how old he is but we hope we get to have him for many more years. We love you Manny!
We decided to adopt a second dog to give Manny a playmate. He needs attention 24/7 so we thought a friend would be good for him. We went back to Cincinnati Lab Rescue and met our sweet Ford (he was named Jesse Davis “JD” at the time). He had such a sweet personality and seemed to be submissive, so we thought he’d be a good fit for a second dog. As we pulled out of the parking lot our car (a Ford Taurus) quit on us – hence the name Ford. Thankfully the car started working again and we made it home, but my grandpa suggested a better name would have been “Lucky.”
Ford is a sweet boy, but he sure is lazy. His favorite things to do are lay in his chair and stretch out in our bay window and watch the cars drive by. He wants nothing to do with being Manny’s playmate, unfortunately. He does enjoy getting out for his daily walk and will jump up and down when he knows it is time to go. Ford loves to eat and will drool all over the floor while you scoop the food into his bowl. Ford still has some puppy-ish traits but he seems to be growing out of them. He is a very intuitive dog and can tell when we are about to leave. When he knows we are leaving he will help himself into his crate without being told. Ford is the opposite of our athletic Manny and is completely uncoordinated. We love you Ford!
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