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Circle of life

WramblerWWrambler Posts: 1,588
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Matters of the Heart
here we go again, a little joy and a lot of work.
my 17 year old son talked puppies until he got my wife into it.

last saturday we went and got this. :)

his name is shadow.


he is 15 weeks old and a labradoodle.
we had to drive almost 3 hours just to look at him. it was just he and one brother left and this he stuck to us like glue for over an hour while we talked to the gentleman running the kennel. he originated in virginia and his first owner could not sell the 4 he had and he was leaving on vacation. so the guy we got shadow from took all 4 as a package "deal". so, yes we have broken every rule in the "get a pet" book, twice now. the kennel owner has shadows sister whom he wanted to breed. shadows other sister was sold and his brother was sold later saturday evening as he had told people they had to wait until we chose before they could have the remaining male.

long story, just kind of wanted to let it out...i was not quite ready for this to begin again, but shadow makes it an easier process. he wants to be with people 100% of the time. he looks up as everyone leaves a room and when that last person leaves he is right on their heels. usually under foot too!

my wife and i talked about it for several days before going up on saturday. we had tried the pounds and shelters and could not find a single larger breed dog...strange. anyway, we talked and decided that chewy would without a doubt rather have us be happy than sad. our kitty silver on the other hand, well, she is not impressed! shadow chases her, but not hard. he is more curious than anything. poor kitty. she will get over it in time.


  • Shadow is so cute! Of course Chewy would be wanting you to be happy. What a handsome picture of your son and puppy. May you have many years of happiness with your new pup. Hopefully kitty will tame and keep puppy in line. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434
    I know the pain your family went through when Chewy passed away. It is very difficult to let such a close family member slip away from you.

    Nothing, no dog can replace Chewy. That is a time in your lives to remember for always.

    Shadow comes along now just to give you some joy and happiness.

    This may sound really strange, but life does work in many different ways. Just finding Shadow, sort of makes me think that Chewy had something to do with all of this.

    Take care and I hope your family enjoys Shadow for so many years.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Wonderful photos...looks like your son is attached! Dogs are the best...even with all the work! I'm sure I would have stayed in bed MANY days after my fusion if it was not for having my dogs that needed me. And those days when I did not want to walk...well, my dogs love their walk, and I did not want to let them down!

    Shadow is beautiful, and hope he will fill that void after losing Chewy!

    Take care,

  • Oh Shadow is so cute! My brother, that just lost his son, recently got a Labradoddle too!

    She was flown from Minn. all the way down here!

    She is so soft and fluffy with gigantic paws and her name is Sholtzy!

    I know that Shadow will give you lots of joy in the days and years to come!

    I think that Sholtzy and Shadow are angles to watch and protect! :)

    Great picture of your son and new pup!

    Thank you for taking the time to post a picture!
  • I didn't post about Chewy, mostly because I could not offer any comfort. We had a breeding pair or dogs, but we lost our male, Grady, two days before Christmas. So I know how you felt as I have had many dogs, but Gray was very special to me. My son is 6 years old and he also had a special relationship with Grady. He still talks about how much he misses Grady. Unfortunately our female, Cindy Loo, is not as active as Grady was and has hip problems.

    It was painful to read about Chewy because I know how that feels and dread going through that again with Cindy. My wife wants to get the boy a new dog because of how much he and Grady enjoyed each other. I keep telling her I can't handle it yet, but I know how my son is missing having a dog. He tries to play with Cindy, but she just can't keep up anymore. I miss Grady and to listen to my son talk about him almost brings me to tears.

    I want to thank you for sharing the good news. I have been following your story. I find it interesting that I have found a new way that SH has helped me, and it has nothing to do with the spine! I hope you and your family enjoy Shadow, and I hope he helps you fill some of the space in your heart left from the loss of your special friend.

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  • Many thanks for sharing.
    Great pictures.
    He is beautiful.

    I guess there really is no such thing as a replacement but it appears a wonderful addition has magically found it's way into your family's heart.

    Congrats on the new addition!

  • Wrambler,

    Congrats on the new family member! I can see from what you wrote, and the picture with your son...those two will bond tightly! Oh, and he's cute too!! Thanks for sharing such good news!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Many of us have suffered recent loses and its so nice to see a new addition to your family.

    He is soooo cute, adoreable! My friend has a labradoodle and they are great pets. Your son is cute too!

    Beautiful family, I wish you lots of happiness in the years to come with Shadow, my dog Sassy is all snuggled up beside me right now and I just love her to bits, great companionship.

    I am so happy for you, thanks for sharing,
    Sandra x
  • congrats on getting the new dog! I hope there are many wonderful years for you guys!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • I get too attached to my pets too and I hope time heals the gap left by Grey for ya
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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