In the mean time, I've been gathering information for several blog posts . . . but first, I'd like to show you the BEST thing that has happened recently . . . Miss Talullah!
I have had three dogs since about 2004, and in October, my first dog, Keeley, passed away unexpectedly. I knew that I loved Keeley, but I still keenly mourn her every day. I didn't realize how much she meant to me until she was gone. I don't mean to say that I didn't appreciate her; I spend a lot of time with my dogs. Her loss left a huge hole in my life, shortly followed by the death of my beloved Brother-in-Law, RC.
I knew I wanted to get another dog, but the remaining dogs are ages 9.5 and 11, and I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't stress them out too much with a new dog. So, I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. One thing I was sure about was that I wanted to adopt another rescue (all three of my dogs have been rescues), and that I really wanted a Great Dane. Jake is part Great Dane, and it is a breed I adore.
About two months ago, we heard about an older Great Dane who had been abandoned at a shelter by a breeder. A local rescue group found her. She was pregnant, and they kept her until her puppies were weaned. She was five years old - most Great Danes only live until they are 8 years, but can live as long as 10 - 12.
I was really nervous about bringing another dog home, as I mentioned, and so I prayed about it, and I talked myself out of it ten different times, until I finally admitted that I wanted to bring the mama home. I knew that at her age, it would be hard to find her a home.
Here she is with Jake (below) . . . who is a Great Dane and Lab mix. My other dog, Bandit, is not quite so sure about Talullah, but they are slowly making peace.
Talullah currently weighs 135, but she is below weight - something we are working on. Below is a photo of my hand next to her paw . . . just to give you some scale!
She is an amazing dog. She loves people, and is quickly learning our schedule. She now sits politely and waits until it is her turn to be fed. She knows sit, but is still a bit reluctant, and she is learning stay. All in all, she has made remarkable progress for only being here six days! Everyone who meets her, falls in love with her. She is really a gentle soul; and I am so blessed to have her here with me!
Big thanks to OK Save a Dog for all the work they do!