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The Power of the Internet

I am not even sure where to start with this tale. Not really garden related, but a throw back to earlier posts about dogs etc. As a dog lover and Facebook user, I am a sucker for cute puppy pics, rescue stories and online resources regarding senior dogs, animal rescue, pet therapy, special needs pets and happily ever after stories. That being said I am also a member of a few Facebook groups – including the Grande Prairie Dog Enthusiasts Club. I have never met any of the members in person, but check in often. It’s just a forum to talk about training, dog sitters, debate the pros and cons of raw versus kibble diets. Many cute photos and stories of the members pooches and hi-jinks find their way on the group page!

Last night I was on Facebook checking messages ( I am also a recent online bidding wars participant) for my auction sales. Part of the fledging minimalist living project RC and I have embarked on. Baby steps right? On Sunday RC cleaned out his closet. I debated the bidding wars page, and was wavering between Sally Anne and auction. We set up a photo set, shot everything and ended up with over 30 lots for auction. 27 lots sold!! So, checking messages – I discovered there are actually two inboxes!! Hmmm I see a message from April, 2015 asking how I came to have Diesel. The message sender K – thought he might have come through a rescue she was running 5-6 years ago. I had to reply!

A conversation ensued, and she had indeed rescued him from a woman that had become overwhelmed with her own good intentions – found him a home with a family (this is where he jumped out of a truck and ended up with one less leg). They had him for a little over a year – moved to the city, decided it was too much work to have him in town. They contacted K, and she asked them to hold onto him for a few more days until she could get sorted. They later informed K, they had found a home. In reality they had surrendered him to the GPSPCA (where we found him) see an older post Diesel Dreams.

Understandably upset at hearing she had been duped – K was thrilled to hear he was in an amazing home (mine of course). The best part !! K has puppy pics, and some video!!! He was such a cutie! Diesel is about 5-6 years old, and has been with us for almost 3 of those years. He had a journey to get to us, I hope it was worth it. I had to pause for a moment and reflect on my truth – I doubt I would of been drawn to him as a puppy “not my type” and probably wouldn’t have looked twice if he had four legs ( I like to “rescue” the underdogs…).

Baby D.

Baby D.


K and Baby D. Too cute – trouble maker I am sure!


He never had a tail! Apparently he is a Lab/Rottie/Dane mix – not so sure about that.

If he could talk I am sure he’d fill us in on how he learned to shake a paw, why he talks so much, what drives him to guard, who started his love for being brushed and vacuumed and why he insists on hanging out in the mud bogs!

I am THIRSTY and this is a creek, must lie in it for best water drinking experience!

I am THIRSTY and this is a creek, must lie in it for best water drinking experience!

We love him and I’m pretty sure he loves us! Thank you Facebook!

Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue

Forever Esther Sanctuary

SAINTS Animal Rescue

Train a Dog Save a Warrior

Pet Access League Calgary


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Diesel Dreams

Diesel Dreams

About 6 months ago we adopted a gorgeous White Shepard mix from the GPSPCA Diesel, not the name I would have chosen, but it was argued (effectively I might add) that if that is the name he has always had, it should be the name he always has. Of course since arriving at our place, he has a variety of nick names. DD, Diesel Dog, Dboy, Sir Hops A Lot. Oh, did I mention he is a Tripawd ?

The SPCA told us that the previous owners paid $1500 to save his life, and were devestated at having to surrender him. I for one, don’t know how or why they could do it – but am thrilled that he has come into our lives! I often wonder what he thinks about as he gazes across the property. Does he have phantom pains? Does he have flashbacks? Exactly how long ago did the accident happen? The story I was told, is that he jumped out of the back of a truck after some cattle. At first I imagined he just broke his leg and it was irreparable – as I thought more about it I have decided that he went under the truck, and as a result the rear right leg and his tail are gone.

It is so cute to see his whole back side wagging in place of a tail. Does he realize he no longer has one? There were a few times I thought he was just being a dirty boy dog, and finally realized he was trying to scratch his right ear. It’s very cool to see how he has adapted, amazing in fact. Does he dream about his former four legged life? Do I spend too much time speculating about a dog’s thoughts? If you know me, you aren’t surprised by my questions.

We have all witnessed dogs running in thier sleep (chasing rabitts), a few woofs or yelps that don’t last long. This morning at about 2am we were ripped from our heavy slumber by two loud, shrill, howls that can only be described as blood curdling. I have never hear anything like if before, and hope to never hear anything like it again. DD was dreaming, or rather having a nightmare – we speculated over lunch that it had to be a bad dream. RC commented that there are some things you can’t forget. So tonight he will get an extra treat, and extra hug and hopefully sleep a dreamless sleep.


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