Monday, December 08, 2014

Another anniversary--it's been four years since...


On December 8th, 2010, a small pick-up truck pulled into my driveway and a nice couple from Maryland who foster German Shepherds for a rescue society dropped off this pain in the ass.

He's Here!

While he explored my house, they slipped out the door, and he wailed like a baby when they drove away without him. Then he lay by the window and cried nonstop for the next two days. His whole life thus far had been one of abandonment by one person after another (or the dog pound), and here he'd just been ditched again, at least in his mind.

I've had other rescue shepherds in the past, most notably Lagniappe, who wasn't exactly a bucket of sunshine himself when I first took him home, but this new dog four years ago would have tried the patience of Job and driven Mother Teresa to cuss. He was clingy to the point of being my second shadow, and he'd cry loudly if I so much as left the room and closed a door between us. Outside, if he could get off-leash, he was nearly impossible to recover, an annoying and potentially dangerous habit that he still has to an extent today.
Back then, Murphy also wanted to bite pretty much everyone that he saw. He was pretty angry at the world and this had adversely affected a couple of previous adoptions and resulted in his being returned to the dog foster each time. And on our second night together, he tried me on for size, but I was ready for him and we had a "come to Jesus" moment right there, one which resulted in his accepting me as Alpha from then on. And he didn't go back. I was determined to work with him no matter what.
Four years on, I'm happy with my choice. He's still annoying in his own ways--he barks in the house too much, he steals off of the counters, and he's stubborn beyond belief when he wants his way. But on the other side of the coin, he's dependable and trustworthy around people that I allow into our house, while at the same time he's "no quarter" guardian of the house when strangers approach, whether I'm home or not. This is his home and he will defend it, and I am his person, and he's loyal and protective, if not exactly entirely obedient or subservient.
So thanks for four good years, Murphy. Truth be told, you're still kind of an asshole sometimes, but I love ya and you'll always be part of this pack.

16 comments:

  1. Congrats on the 4th year anniversary.

    Murphy lucked out finding you, that's for sure.

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  2. Hard to believe 4 years have gone by. You did the best possible thing for that dog, first by being alpha, and secondly by being more patient than anyone I know with him. You changed a life that otherwise might have been lost.

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  3. Congrats to you and Murph!

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  4. Truth be told Murphy probably feels the same way, you're kind of an asshole but he still loves you!!

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  5. Your work with him has brought him a long way. Happy anniversary Murphy!

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  6. Hey Murphy,

    Despite being a pain in the ass, he still is better then hamsters....wait hold that thought...something crashed in the kitchen...Seriously though,good thing Murphy found his "Forever" home

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  7. Congrats, Murphy! You sure are a handsome dog!

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  8. Looks like he is enjoying life now for sure. I'm glad y'all found each other and I'm glad you share snippets of your adventures with us.

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  9. Many happy returns to you both! Always nice when a plan work well.

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  10. You have made major changes in Murphy's life and he has changed yours. Congratulations

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  11. Thank you for making the time and having the patience it takes...

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  12. Murphy is a lucky pooch, so is Belle.

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  13. You make a great pair together for a lot of reasons. :)

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  14. Love the picture of him sitting in the water. Nobody can look at that and say dogs don't grin! "Cmon in Dad, the water's fine!"

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  15. You did a really good thing by taking in Murphy.

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  16. Happy Anniversary to both of you!

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