All in the Family


December 26, 2008

I call Ace my Mystery Mutt; or my SPCA Special, as that is exactly what he is. I got Ace from the SPCA in 2000 when he was 1 1/2 years old. They didn't know his breed nor did they have any history on him, but I am certain he was abused. How anyone can abuse an animal, let alone such a sweet, gently soul is beyond my comprehension. He is such a good boy and has never given me a moment's trouble. In over 8 years of lots of love of patience I have not been able to completely undo whatever was done to him. He startles easily and is VERY sensitive. He is also shy and timid around strangers (especially men) and sticks to me like glue. However, he is very gentle with children and absolutely LOVES other dogs. He may be 10 years old but there is still some puppy left in there yet! He is always up for a good chase, wrestle or game of tug-o-war. He also likes going to agility classes. Despite being the oldest dog in the last class, he showed those young whipper-snappers and was top of the class!! He may not have the stamina anymore but he has the heart! Ace loves to chase squirrels, and is bound and determined to catch one... it's never going to happen!! However, he does manage to catch his own tail on occasion! I never thought a dog would be the love of my life. But I feel honoured to be able to share his life with him. I just hope I have done right by my big baby boy!! And yes, his ear IS stuck that way! *** I LOST MY BABY TO CANCER ON DECEMBER 2/09. I AM HEARTBROKEN AND MISS MY BOY WITH ALL MY HEART. HE WILL BE FOREVER IN MY HEART! ***

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Comments (9)
Jun 5, 2008 lucyny2000
I enjoyed reading your story and going through pictures of Ace. I understand completely what you mean. I feel honored to have my dogs and to be loved by them, and to share my life with them. I really like to brouse this website lately to discover so many real dog lovers! God bless our animals. I always say, we can rescue only their bodies, they can rescue our souls! Have many more blessed years with your baby Ace. Olga.
Jul 18, 2008 jackspal
Great story and I am so glad you have found your happy ending together. He may be mixed but sounds like he's pure heart to me.
Sep 2, 2008 lalamcgoo
Aw, what a great story about Ace. He is just adorable and I am so happy you saved his life. I love his crazy ear, it makes him even more special, God bless his sweet soul.... kisses,hugs and belly rubs that never end!!!
Oct 29, 2008 UrsaDad
Wonderful story. Thanks for what you did - I hope there are children around, yours, family or the neighbours, who can learn the notion of compassion and responsibility (emotional intelligence?) from you, and see how many times over the favour is repaid by them in love and loyalty.
Dec 31, 2008 tobyslattery
Ace I think you may of some pit bull in you but I'm not an expert. Any was I think you're very cute and I love your ears.
May 1, 2009 UrsaDad
Had to come back and get an "Ace's ears" pick-me-up. Works!
Aug 11, 2009 supermom
I just read your story and very touched by it. What a wonderful thing you did...rescuing him. What an adorable dog you have. My puppy Ace love me as much as I love him & probably more. Can't imagine my life without him. Wishing you and your Ace all the best.
Apr 2, 2010 pandrews-4
So sorry to hear about your loss. I was going thru my "favs" & saw Ace. I just loved his looks & the wonderful bio you wrote on him. Once again, I am truly sorry you lost your dear friend. May he rest in peace.
Apr 14, 2010 UrsaDad
I am so sorry. I checked back from time to time to see where "my" puppies and their protectors are. I remember Ace's story picked me up on a bad day a while back. I am so sorry you have lost him like this, although I'm sure he had a few good years he wouldn't otherwise have gotten had you not come along and given him that gift. This whole 'doggie life span' thing isn't set up very well, is it? Even the ones that get a full life aren't here nearly long enough, while many evil humans get eight decades. Not fair! All the best with the new baby. Alex R IP Ace baby, thanks for the smiles
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