All in the Family
Toby Bella



We adopted our first dog at the shelter in April of 1996 when I was in the second grade. When we asked about him they said he had been picked up as a stray and his name was Freeway, a 3 year old terrier mix. His owner had called and said that he'd pick him up, but 6 weeks later still hadn't claimed him. We took him home Easter weekend and he adapted right away to life with my mom and I. He was very well behaved except for the few times he ate chocolate and for his intense hatred of mail carriers. He sucked Nestle's Crunch bars right through the wrappers the first Halloween we had him. He would bring out a piece of mine or my mom's clothing to keep in his bed every day while we were gone. He never chewed them, just wanted to keep us close while we were away. He wouldn't eat until we came home for the first year or so, either. He had a penchant for running away - he'd take off and explore the neighborhood and got to know a lot of the neighbors that way - they'd bring him back, his head hanging low, Freeway knowing he'd done something wrong. He was most "famous" for being able to sneeze on command and entertained everyone he met with that trick. He would "fake" a sneeze if he wasn't in the mood, but would always deliver a real one if we persisted. He was like a little old man his last few years - he would bark at my mom to scold her if she stayed out late after work. His hearing and eyesight grew weak, but he still got so excited when the leash came out for his twice daily walks. He bounded down the beach or the sidewalk right up to his very last walk. He was a great dog and lived a great life at the beach until he died peacefully the last week of July of 2008 at age 15. He was a big part of our family and we miss him every day.

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Comments (10)
Aug 25, 2009 kdcrazy
Awwww, Honey. Freeway was very handsome. That is such a touching story. I know he lived to his fullest with you. He will always be in our hearts forever.
Aug 25, 2009 stillwater20
he sounds like a real sweetie!! so sorry for your loss - hugs from Memphis......
Aug 25, 2009 luckyluver4
I'm so sorry for your loss, He will remember all the memories you had with him.
Aug 25, 2009 Phoebala99
Very sorry for your loss, He is a great dog, I agree, touching storry!
Aug 25, 2009 *kcdoglover*
Yes!A very touching story!He did sound very sweet!And Freeway ....RIP sweetie!
Aug 25, 2009 Heather
What a cute boy. Such a lovely & well written story. He was well loved & loved well. I'm sorry he is no longer with you, except in your hearts. Hugs to you & your pups, past & present, from me & Oscar.
Aug 25, 2009 wolfgirl66
Sorry for your loss! RIP sweet and beautiful Freeway!!!!!! Freeway will always be close at hand ... in your hearts and in your loving memories!
Aug 25, 2009 georgia04
Wow, Freeway was adorable. He had the most gentle face. I am sorry you lost this sweet boy, but I am sure he's keeping watch over you and his mommy from heaven.
Aug 25, 2009 pupfanatic
Oh, GOD, I love that story. Not only was Freeway SOOOO adorable beyond words; your love for him is sooo obvious. My dog did the same w/ chocolate bars, right through the wrapper!!! And she'd escape too, and then she'd hand her head low. We could never get angry, just like you. Freeway (great name by the way), is definitely getting all the burger and fries and his favorite foods up there in heaven; laying on a cloud like a king. Thank you for that wonderful, sweet story. God Bless little Freeway.
Aug 25, 2009 shortyww22
awww hes was a handsome ole soul.....I really like his face...he was a cute little guy for sure...sorry for you're loss.I know how it feels.I've lost so many furkids and people in my life.when it rains it pours believe me.....prayers for freeway...comment on my dogs please
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