Friday, January 13, 2012

New pup already helping me garden...




We lost our sweet boy, Tanner, to cancer in November.

We adopted him from the Humane Society on my birthday, when he was just 8 weeks old.

Soft, cuddly and adorable, he stole our hearts.

He would have been 12 on New Year's Day.

He was a great dog and my sweet boy. He was funny and willful and full of love. He followed me everywhere. And even at almost 12 years old, you could still bend down to his soft, fuzzy head and get a whiff of that sweet puppy smell that he never lost.

He was my Tan-man, Bubbie, Scooby, Bubs, Nudge, and Mr. Man-Man.

I had to wait this long to write this post, and it's still making me cry with every word. He deserves a loving tribute.

I know he is lying in the sunshine, chasing squirrels, and taking long naps in doggie heaven with Sierra and Sami, and waiting for us all.

I'm not sure I will ever stop missing him.

While Dakota was enjoying being the only dog and getting lots of extra lovin' to help me ease the hole in my heart, she didn't want to go outside, she had no one to follow around and she seemed lonely. Happily lonely, according to my dear husband, but too solitary. (A little too much time spent in her bed!)

So, I set about looking for a friend for Dakota and another pup for which to be a forever family. After a lot of looking, Fletcher found his way into our hearts and our home. He'd been returned to a shelter by his adopted family when he was injured. (Sadly, weeks after not treating his injury) His foster family raved about him and here he is.

He's housebroken, sits on command and has learned to play fetch and drop the ball in just a week. He's also learned to go lie in his bed when I tell him to go away in the middle of the night. He's a smart boy and a fast learner. (But, he's still a puppy. I'd clearly forgotten how much work that is! I haven't had to train a puppy since Sierra about 9-10 years ago.)





Fletcher loves to play, and despite the fact that Dakota (8) didn't play much with Tanner because of his age, she does love to play and run (fly & leap) around the yard like a kid. She's still a little put out at times, she gets jealous and wants to make sure she's getting her fair share of lovin'. And she takes her responsibility as the older, alpha dog seriously. (Tanner was the alpha before.) She tells Fletcher when he's annoying her and when he's gotten too close. And, sadly, she's already shown him her favorite places to dig up bulbs ... sigh.


And, they play. They follow each other all around, checking out noises and people going by out front, romping around the yard, jumping and wrestling with each other. They enjoy each other. Even when they are both barking, growling, and howling at each other, those tails are wagging and they are having fun. He's good for her. I knew he would be.

Even though I still have part of that hole in my heart, it's good to share all that love with another homeless animal.

It's what Tanner would have wanted.

Rest in peace, my sweet bubbie-boy.

20 comments:

Linda/patchwork said...

Oh..it does really hurt to lose a beloved pet. They're a family member, and forever in our hearts.

But, looks like you made a good choice, for a friend for Dakota...and, another member of the family.

Have a good weekend.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Ah, training a puppy and dealing with puppy antics. It has been a LONG time for us as well. Know you miss Tanner bunches. They do steal our hearts.

getgrounded said...

oh, that pic of Tanner as a puppy is adorable. I know how much it hurts, and he'll always be part of your forever family. It's sweet to see Fletcher and how he's fitting right in. I can't wait to meet him - but Dakota played a mean trick on you showing him where all the good bulbs are. It's her payback to you for changing her world...

kriscard said...

oh, so sweet . . . just like right thing for the bubbie.

& what a happy, loving life you gave him . . . the best we can do for the amazing & unconditional love they give us.

can't wait to meet the fletch-boy!!

xoxo, k. :]

Diana said...

Linda - Thanks for your sweet words. Fletcher is one of us already.

Janet - I just overestimated how much puppy would be behind us at 9-10 months old!

GetGrounded - When you're ready to meet Fletcher, come on over with some old clothes and be prepared to say no and down a lot!

Kristen - You should come do puppy training with him since you've had so much recent experience!

Dr. Lisa Eller said...

Awww....that made me cry. I missed Tanner at New Years. You really are a two-dog family....despite what my brother thinks! :)

RIP dear Tanner, have a roll in the sun with Ruby......

Diana said...

Lisa - Yes, he and Ruby are having a good time together. Thoughts like that make it all a little more bearable.

Lancashire rose said...

What a lucky pup fletcher is to have found your home. I think he has already found his way to heal your heart. Can't wait to meet him.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose -- Well, you'd have to be HERE to meet him! Hope he's not all grown up before you come back to visit us all!

Ginny said...

We lost our sweet dog in June to a twisted stomach. I know I will never stop missing her. My heart goes out to you in the loss of Tanner but I am so happy that you've given Fletcher a home. When I was a teen, a big hound dog wandered up and adopted us. We had another dog at the time who was about 10 years old - the new hound dog gave her a new lease on life. I hope to bring an new dog home soon.

kacky said...

So cute! Sorry about the bulbs... maybe just a puppy thing... hopefully.

Diana said...

Kacky - Sadly, Dakota thinks bulbs are a delicacy and periodically goes after them. Since they are starting to grow, I'm thinking they must smell different somehow - she's a scent hound. She also digs holes in the yard to get grubs!

katina said...

I'm so happy that Fletcher found you guys! Not so happy that Dakota has led him astray into the "plants which are poisonous that we should eat" territory.

Diana said...

Ginny -- I'm sorry for your loss. Good luck finding the right addition to your family. It's a great thing to give a homeless dog a forever family.

Diana said...

Katina - Well, in the summer Dakota already eats on the lantana and pukes and then keeps eating. And Fletcher already thinks that the dead branches of the lantana are for breaking off and running around with!

Pam/Digging said...

Fletcher looks like a great addition to your family. I'm glad to hear he's settling in so well, and already helping you garden!

Layanee said...

Dogs just don't live long enough. It is so sad to read about your Tanner but it is also filled with love and great tales...or tails! My Tucker is now 13, almost 14, and his time is coming soon. Cooper was supposed to be his comfort in his old age but he is just the pesky pup. No dog can replace one gone but they can help ease the transition. Hugs.

Diana said...

Pam - the gardening thing is gonna be an issue. Now I'm serious about solving it!

Layanee -- I know what you mean about Tucker. Even though Tanner's diagnosis was sudden, he'd been operated on and was on meds for Cushings for a year. So often I would look at him and wonder how much longer I would be blessed with him.

Chris Giaraffa said...

Diana - congrats on adopting a homeless pet - there are so many and I'm so glad that Austin has attained the No-kill designation for our Animal Rescue.

Your new pup is beautiful and sounds like lots and lots of fun. I'm so sorry for your loss of your long-time pup - it's really painful to lose such a good companion.
Hope we all get to meet him at the next go-go!

Chris

Jayne said...

Bless you for giving Fletcher the loving home he so richly deserves. Tanner will live on in your heart forever.