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Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Doggie Spotlight on Jackjack and Abigail Grace

Welcome to Dogs on Thursday.

Hi, I'm Natalie the "guest" blogger for a couple weeks for Paula. Please send her best wishes as she takes a small break from things.

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Doggie Spotlight!!!

I have so much to say about my two babies I'm not sure where to start. I guess the beginning would be the best.

My first memory of Jackjack, then Blackjack, was of him in the family room at the local SPCA. My step-sister and I had dropped by to look at the dogs and find one for me to adopt. He had been at the SPCA for two months and was being kept in the family room for part of the time to keep him sane. Jackjack, a pretty large black lab who's ideal weight is 85, was very skinny at 64 lbs. I asked the lady there to let me meet him and she took us out to the play area. He was not that interested in anything but the outdoors, but came over to get a scratch or two. I saw that he just needed a stable home and a loving one. I needed a companion so I figured it would work out. I actually told the lady to hold him for me until I could make the decision later that afternoon. It took me 20 minutes after leaving the place to realize that he was for me. So...I picked him up the next day after he got neutered.

Jackjack hasn't always been the easiest dog. He's stubborn(like me) and loves to run outdoors. At first he would run away and was not able to focus outside. Now, after 3 years with me, he has become a loyal companion and a loving dog. He's had his ups and downs...such as his accident with a car.
To keep the story as short as possible. He ran off one morning after we returned from the dog park and was struck by a truck. He shattered his elbow and was badly scrapped up. I saw the whole thing. It was traumatic for both of us.
He had to get pins put in his elbow and the recovery as hard as it was...was worth every moment. If you saw him at the dog park now, you would not notice that anything ever happened to him. He does limp a little when he runs or swims too much.

He's been the greatest decision and we've always been a pair....until we got Abigail. :)

Abigail Grace almost got her name changed to Jill...Jack and Jill...get it?? hehe. I'm a dork. My middle name is Grace and when I first heard that her name was Abigail Grace I knew it was meant to be. Abigail was a rescue through a friend of my sisters. She had been bought as a present for a woman who did not treat her well. She was kept in a kennel outside and given minimal attention, food, or water. Thank God that my sister's friend rescued her and found me. The first time I met her she was bubbly as always and full of love. All she wanted was cuddles and for someone anyone please throw the ball.



Abigail is a water dog that's for sure. She loves to slap the water and bite at it. Abigail is super friendly and great with kids of all ages. She has been a great addition to our family even though at first it took her and Jackjack sometime to figure things out. Coming from a home where she did not know where and when she would get food, she was a bit food and toy aggressive. We've worked a lot and she is now able to play well and eat in the same room as Jackjack. She is the sweetest craziest dog I've ever met and I love her.

I feel like I've written a book about my dogs and there is so much more to say. They are my babies and I love them. I hope you've enjoyed my doggie spotlight.



Happy Dogs on Thursday!!


14 comments:

Donna said...

Gnat, Thanks for taking over for Paula. You are the best. I want to send Paula my prayers at the difficult time....JackJack and Grace are wonderful. They are so sweet looking too. Rescues are the best..their love and devotion can not be matched. Oliver is a rescue and he is the best dog we have ever had. Lots of love and training work the trick...good for you! And good for them!

Nichole said...

Great spotlight!!! Loved reading about your babies... .they are beauties and you know me, I LOVE the fact they are both adopted/rescued!

Cactusneedles said...

That's a great story!

Cindy said...

Your puppy stories are wonderful. What a joy your babies are and beautiful, too. I am always impressed by you folks that have two large dogs. Wow. Also, please send Paula our love and thanks to you for stepping in.

Maryellen said...

What a great post about your dogs. Dogs are just great.

Channon said...

Thanks again for stepping in while Paula takes a much-needed break. I love that each week we get to "meet" new doggies!

Beth said...

Both dogs were sooo lucky to have found you. :)

Devin said...

So cute!!! I love labs & goldens- well... I love all dogs (but I do like big dogs best!) :-) No offense to the small dogs of the world! Or the people that love them!

gaylen said...

Beautiful babies. Love their stories - I'm pretty partial to Abigails too! g

Vivian said...

What a wonderful "how we met" story! Like others have said, your dogs are lucky to have found you. great spot light of the week.

Kenyetta said...

Wonderful dogs!

Tina in Wonderland said...

Thanks for sharing the how you met your dogs! That is so sweet! They are both beautiful!

O2SeeNIN said...

Wonderful stories and ...both have happy endings. Yay!

~Hollywood

monnibo said...

I love all the DOT photos I see around the blogs. Do you have a Cat-affiliate?