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swlms1955

Puppies: Gomez, Colonel, Stranger, Sofie, Inspector Clouseau, Guinevere, Charlie Chaplin

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Profile: I've loved dogs since childhood, and the best part of sharing life with my Sweetie is he loves them as much as I do. We have, at present, six dog children. Five are very large, and then we have our little Gomez, who rules the kingdom with an iron paw. I'm so lucky to have these dog-children, and two human children and a human grandchild too. Life is good!

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Gomez

Gomez

Gomez came to us in the summer of 2007. It had been a cold, wet spring and we kept hearing a puppy cry, cry, cry. Finally, this tiny black terrier came wriggling through our wrought iron fence and immediately made friends with our four very large dogs. He never went back home to the neighbors. We love him! We only wish he wouldn't hog the blankets at night.

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Colonel

Colonel

We drove from Oklahoma to Texas in November, 2006, to adopt Colonel, a beautiful dog offered on PetFinder by the Anatolian Rescue Society. The volunteer relay teams from the rescue society were awesome. Thanks to them, we were able to pick up Colonel around Fort Worth. He was tired from traveling, but he was well cared for. (Thanks, Rescuers!) The Colonel had lived his life in a foster home on a ranch in South Texas and he wasn't a happy dog that first cold Oklahoma winter. He's adjusted now and rushes into the house each night to sleep in the living room, guarding our front door and enjoying the heat (or air conditioning!). At around 150 pounds, the Colonel's size is rather intimidating, but he is a very gentle dog. In fact, he's rather timid. In the past year, he's learned to enjoy having his ears rubbed and can be demanding. He wants his ear pets! He's our Outside Alpha dog. I'd characterize him as independent, determined, and shy. I like being able to leave the gate open and not have Colonel budge outside the yard. He loves his Forever Home.

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Stranger

Stranger

It was sometime in 2007 when we noticed this strange spotted dog running our fence line. He so very much wanted inside to play with our dogs. The last thing we needed was another dog (or so we thought!) but this strange looking dog needed a Forever Home. He was skinny and covered with fleas and ticks. It only took a couple of trips to the vet for vaccinations and some of that smelly stuff for fleas, and Stranger was home for good. He had a very healthy appetite, being too close to starving, and the other dogs had to teach him manners at mealtime. He quickly gained from 55 pounds to close to 100. Stranger has been with us a couple of years now, and while he has slipped through an open gate a couple of times, he only circles the yard and then trots back home. He likes to take afternoon naps in the house and to lie in the sun watching me work in the yard. He's a great companion dog.

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Sofie

Sofie

Sofie is one of our Psycho Twins. We adopted her and her brother on July 1, 2005. They promptly got sick over the holiday weekend and it took every ounce of energy we had to keep them alive. It was touch and go for several days. We were told they had Parvovirus, and I was ready to have them put to sleep to keep them from suffering a moment longer, but their dad had more faith than I do. He held the pups all night, force feeding them water. Another vet told us they did not have Parvovirus, but an extreme case of hookworms. Our sweet Sofie and her brother, the Inspector Clouseau, recovered slowly over the next few weeks, and went from 10 pound limp bundles of fur and bone to 107 pounds of unending barks and sleek muscles. We soon moved out of Tulsa to the Tenkiller Lake area. Sofie's favorite activities? Chasing the hawks as they soar above our yard, barking her head off, and going for boat rides around the lake. She sleeps on the couch each night and is grateful for the good life, even if she does have five pesky dog-brothers.

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Inspector Clouseau

Inspector Clouseau

The Inspector Clouseau and his sister Sofie came into our lives when we were losing the battle to keep our elderly dog healthy and alive. We didn't know when we adopted Clouseau and Sofie that both pups were horribly infected with hookworms and they almost died. Five of their siblings who stayed behind died from the worms. A few months after Clouseau and Sofie came to live with us, we lost our huge Great Pyr mix, Czar, to cancer and we were very sad. Clouseau and his sis helped us through the rough time. He's such a loving dog and is always willing to sit at your side to have his ears rubbed. He was born to be petted. Clouseau has a freckled snout and hair as soft and white as Santa Claus' beard. He uses that long nose to do his inspecting, in the line of duty. He inspects the lawn regularly for moles and digs so many trenches hunting them that it looks like WWI was fought in our backyard. Clouseau is second in command in the Outdoor Brigrade, right behind the Colonel, but ahead of Stranger and Sofie. He and the pack walk the fence line each morning before breakfast to see if security was breached while we slept. Clouseau and Stranger guard the back door at night. Both Clouseau and Sofie have herding instincts and push their heads against my legs, to guide me to the bag of dog food at breakfast time. Clouseau's dad and I think he'd be the best therapy dog in the whole world...except for one small problem. He gets carsick after about 15 minutes. Medication can hold it off for one hour, but we live way out in the country. He rides in the boat OK though. Sofie and Clouseau have been together from birth, and we feel they deserve to live in their Forever Home until the end of time.

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Guinevere

Guinevere

In Loving MemoryIn Loving Memory

In the Fall of 1997, we heard a puppy crying through the night. There was a ferocious thunderstorm and we couldn't find the puppy. We finally saw her the next day, hiding in some tall grass behind our back fence. Guinevere looked very much like a black Labrador Retriever with slightly longer hair. The vet thought she might be part Chow, and it seemed he was right, considering her sometimes temperamental moods. Guinevere was very protective of her family. She didn't even like other children coming to our house to play with "her" puppies, otherwise known as our children. We always had to make sure Guinevere stayed in the master bedroom with the door shut when we had visitors, except for my mother, whom she adored. After we moved to Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma, Guinevere acquired several stepbrothers and a stepsister. Like all healthy puppies, they grew and I believe it was a shock to Guinevere to live with dogs that were actually bigger than she. She stopped being so jealously aggressive toward other dogs. Like many large dogs, Guinevere developed hip pain in her later years, and in 2007, finally crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was a beautiful, loyal companion, and if I had time enough after caring for our six dogs these days, I believe I'd miss her a lot. A memory that makes me smile is Guinevere's loud baying. You could hear her from a mile away.

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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

We don't know how it happens, but big dogs just show up at our front gate at feeding time, and they won't leave. Charlie Chaplin came to visit three weeks ago, on March 21, 2009, and he was SO hungry and he wanted in to play with our five dogs...so he's still in our yard, eating, playing, and guarding the fence line. I've left a message at the vet's office and asked neighbors, hunting his family, because I know there's someone out there missing this beautiful boy. He's well nourished and his fur was pearly white when he came. He and the other kids wrestle and romp all day, so he may be a little dusty by now. We think he's used to being petted and loved on, because he's pretty demanding about the ear rubs. So far, no one has claimed him. He's smart and has learned to eat with a group of five other dogs without poaching. We thought he might be pure Great Pyr, but he's a little small. After dark, Charlie sticks his nose up in the air, and sings for us. He's probably missing his real Mom and Dad and his real Forever Home! If only they would stop by and get him....Charlie's foster home (that's us!) is located four miles from Fin and Feather, on Lake Tenkiller, OK. Maybe one of you tourists forgot to take him home with you?? Come ba-a-a-ack!

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