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Frank Watcher Ticket Gibson *adopted* Moose


Australian Shepherd

When I was in college, I thought I wanted and was ready for a dog. I had grown up with dogs and decided I just couldn't not have a dog around anymore. So I bought the cutest Australian Shepherd puppy in the WORLD. She was very little, and had beautiful black and white swirl markings all over her. It was fun having a puppy and I thought "Well, this is easy."- I thought wrong. I don't know how I could have been so stupid as to get a dog when I was living in a tiny 1 bedroom apt and had a full work schedule and school. That little puppy grew and grew some more. She was this out of control dog that I had no time for. So, When my parents offered to take Swirl on their farm during the school year I thought once again "They'll fall in love and keep her."- Again, I was wrong. My dad called me 2 weeks later saying they couldn't handle Swirl anymore. She had run away 3 times and was not trained what so ever. I drove down to get my puppy and brought her home. I hired a young lady that came and took Swirl out for walks to the park and when I was gone for weekends she would keep Swirl at her place. I had Swirl for a year. Summer came and I wanted to enjoy it without a dog in the way. So I left for 2 weeks for a trip to Florida, left Swirl behind. When I was gone... Swirl had run away during a storm. The dog sitter said she got out the door and had tries to reach me. Honestly I didn't know my dog that well I was never the one taking care of her. The sitter was in tears and so was I. The one thing I knew about Swirl was her fear of storms. 4 days later I got a call from the dog sitter saying Swirl showed up at her door that morning and asked if I wanted to come get her. I was planning on taking Swirl to the shelter when we would find her again. I asked if she wanted her and she said she couldn't have a dog because she was going to college- smart move. I went and got Swirl and brought her home. She laid down in front of the door and whined and whined. I looked hard at her... I wanted her but I was not fit to take care of a dog. I brought Swirl to the vet and asked them to keep her for a few days until I could work something out. When I went back to get her they said someone had come in and asked to adopt her I called up the lady and she said she was just getting married and had a dog that looked like Swirl when she was a child. We planned to meet I wasn't going to let just anyone take my puppy, even though I barely knew her. It was all worked out Swirl was in her new home. They sent me up dates and pictures of Swirl. a few years later, When I was out of college one day I went to the animal shelter to just look at dogs.... There was Swirl with her 7 baby puppies. The lady had surrendered her after she had found out Swirl was having puppies. I couldn't let her stay in that shelter who knew where she would end up next. My parents old dog had died 2 months before this so I thought this would be good for them. They fostered Swirl and her puppies until the pups where ready to go to their new homes. They ended up keeping Swirl and she lived a bout 4 more years at the farm until one day she was to weak to do anything, she couldn't eat,walk,even drinking water was hard. She just laid there... They took her to hte vet and she had cancer and it was to late to treat. My mom was in tears for days and my dad kept saying "She was my best friend" Swirl had to be put down a week later, but her story is an amzing one, She was a strong dog, and always ready for the next adventure life would take her on. My parents still foster dogs who have less of a chnce of being adopted and ended up gettting one of Swirl's puppies back- Imagine this - HE was from a college student, too. :P

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Comments (3)
Jul 21, 2010 misslizzy
What a sweet little girl! And an amazing story! Thank you for sharing.
Jul 21, 2010 Debbie 57
Your story touch my heart,i started to cry.Swirl was a beautiful girl.Im so sorry about your loss. R.I.P. sweet heart.
Jul 21, 2010 AussieLover12
Awwww! Your story touched my heart.... so sad... I was actually in tears for a second... I am so so so so so sorry for your loss of this lovely beautiful girl. I still cant believe that lady surrendered swirl just because of the puppies! that is so mean... Swirl was a beauty. I love Aussie's a bunch. She will always be in your heart. R.I.P sweet swirl.
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