At the beginning of November, I went north to Scottsdale to meet up with one my favorite families at one of their favorite hiking trails. I've been blessed to work with this family before and since I wasn't blogging when we did their previous session in 2012, I asked the four leggers to tell me a little about themselves - happy reading!
Hi, I'm George the Dachshund, and I just turned 13 in October (happy belated birthday "big" guy)! I was only 8 weeks old when Mom & Dad decided to give my older brother, Url (a black lab mix) a little brother to keep him company. My other fur brothers and sisters cowered at the site of a 95 lb. (very gentle) giant but he was my best friend. We sadly lost Url recently and that's been extremely hard for all of us - even my afternoon sunbathing lost its luster without Url to keep me company. Enter Georgia; don't get me wrong, she's pretty cool but I still miss my brother ...
I'm Georgia, the newest member of the pack and the smallest at 7.5 lbs. but don't let that fool you. I have a Dachshund personality that makes me equal in size to Digby! Mom and dad asked the director of the rescue to keep an eye out for someone to keep George company, someone more his size and personality. When I first met George & Digby at a friend's house, they fell in love with me instantly - that happens a lot :) George is cool, he makes for a warm pillow to lay on, and Digby is just as energetic as me and loves to go for walks. No one knows for sure how old I am since I have no teeth and my previous owner didn't take very good care of me. But that's ok, I've found my forever home and Dad and I are pretty tight (shhhhh, don't tell anyone he's my favorite!).
I'm Digby, 5-year old German Shepherd/Rottie mix. When I was just a few weeks old, I was found wandering the desert and rescued by a Good Samaritan who took me to the nearest veterinarian. I was rehydrated and one of the vet techs knew just the people to call to help me - Mom and Dad volunteer with an animal rescue and were asked to take me in. It was a very nice house with lots of other dogs but I became fast friends with Kaylee who was blind and deaf and very sweet to me. One day my kennel wasn't closed and Kaylee took my favorite toy and started chewing on it; I was so worried it would get damaged that I ran and grabbed another stuffed toy to give her so I could take mine back - Mom says that's the moment she knew I would never leave this family!
My name is Zoey and I'm a 4-yr old white Lab. I was found in the desert with a burn/scar all the way down my back (they think I got it while walking under a hot car) when I was just a couple months old. The rescue took me in and took good care of me and I was quickly placed with Mom and Dad for fostering. Around the same time I moved in, so did their nephew who we all affectionately call "Gipster" (he's the one standing behind me in our family photo above). Gipster and I became fast friends since we were the "newbies" in the house. Do you see where this might be going? When I was old enough to get spayed I was put up for adoption with several families interested in me. I was excited about the prospect of moving on but Gipster was not ready to let me go - Gipster needs me so here I stay.
Last but NEVER least - I'm JD, the baby of the family and recently celebrated my 1st birthday! I'm a German Shepherd/Hound mix and was born in rescue. Mom & Dad met me when I was just days old and Mom fell in love with me from day one. She was ready to adopt me from the beginning but Gipster and Dad just weren't ready. Kaylee had recently passed away and Url wasn't doing well so in order to stop Mom from constantly bringing up the adoption thing, Gipster proposed a bet. If all three of them got strikes in the 9th frame of the 2nd game of the series they were bowling (don't ask why the 9th frame or that particular game) , they would adopt me but if anyone missed she needed to drop the subject and move on. A little hindsight - Mom is a horrible bowler with a lifetime average below 100 and Dad is about as consistent with a bowling ball as snow falling in Phoenix - so Gipstser was pretty sure the discussion was over. I'm guessing you already figured out what happened as I'm in the family photos!
I hope you enjoyed our photos and reading about these five cuties, all part of a very special family. I knew when I started this blog that I wanted to pay tribute to two very special fur kids so I dug into my photo archives for these last two photos of Url and Kaylee. Even though you are gone, you will never be forgotten. You touched all of our hearts in a way that can never be explained …