Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ducey's New Brother

We got some unexpected bad news this week.  Greg's cousin Cory had passed away after a very short illness.  Yesterday was his funeral.  It was a lovely service.  Cory's sister Carole had expressed concern over the fact that no one wanted to take Cory's beloved Lab, Dusty.  I could see Greg's wheels spinning, and after the service, Greg told Carole that we would take Dusty.  Carole was so relieved.  She didn't want Dusty to have to go to someone that Cory didn't know, or worse, to the pound.  I think Cory would be very pleased to know that his dog will live here with us.  It was a little bit crazy when we got home to introduce our Wheatie to him.  Ducey wanted to make sure that Dusty knew who was boss, and who lived here first!  He worked hard all night to establish dominance, even though Dusty could have taken him down with one swift whip of his powerful tail.  We took them for a brisk walk, and then, eventually, they settled   Dusty slept on the floor right next to our bed, next to me, and Ducey took his normal spot at the foot of the bed.  This morning, they are both much calmer.
Meet our new boy, Dusty.
He is a beautiful, healthy six year old Chocolate Lab.  We had two labs, and they grew  up together here.  A yellow named Tucker, and a chocolate, named Sally.  You can't beat a Lab!!
Dusty appears to have had some training.  He is well mannered, and performs simple commands.  For a treat, or a pat on the  head.
We are hoping that Ducey and Dusty will be good friends.  They are the same age, which is a good thing.
He is a very BIG boy!  And he is strong as an ox.   We are heading up to Big Bear in an hour or so.  Should be interesting! But we are bringing Drew and Diana and Erika, so we will have helpers and dog walkers.  Supposed to snow tomorrow.  Woo-Hoo!!!
Happy Day folks....see you in a few days.
Woof!
XO  Kris and the Double D's (Ducey and Dusty, that is)

32 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

Lucky pup and lucky you! How nice for him to find another loving family. We have had NO snow! It's very dry around here.

Best,
Bonnie

Bethany said...

How nice of you!!! And what a beautiful dog!!!!!!! Once they learn each other's rules they'll be fine. Good luck, and have fun at the lake!

Karen Bates said...

What a cutie! Those eyes! Sorry for your loss...hope you have a wonderful time in the snow.

Holly said...

Oh Kris! I'm so excited for you. The two of them will keep you busy, that's for sure. I'm sorry about your loss though. Have fun at the lake house.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Oh Kris, I love your new dog. You know I am a Lab lover. My Jack would love Dusty! I think they will grow to love each other and actually keep each other company. I've been wanting another dog but I'm trying to hold back, at least 'til Spring. Have a great weekend.
xoRobin❤

Gloria said...

Kris sorry for your loss though dear.

And your new dog is sooo cute!!
xo

Hope you have a nice time at the lake!:)

Deb said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. That Dusty is one lucky dog to dodge the pound after losing an owner. How wonderful of you and your family to take on the dog.I hope he brings much joy to the family. Hugs, Deb

Grayseasailor said...

While I care about your loss of your cousin, I am so glad that you are willing and able to introduce Dusty into your family, Kris...a special way of honoring the love you have for your cousin. I was just able to catch up on your last few holiday posts and thank you for including us in your family celebrations. I enjoyed them and especially am happy for you for all the love that shines through each story...the mice, lazy susan, and bottle toppers...Happy New Year, to you and yours, Kris!!! May you safely enjoy some snow :) xx from Gracie

Diane said...

So very sorry for your loss. It is never easy. Your new lab is darling. For many years we had two dogs and it was always good. I am sure they will become good friends and companions.

Dawn said...

Congrats on the new dog, but sorry for his masters passing. Our home is the triple D's. LOL (duke,dawn,dustin)

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

That is good of you. How is he with the chickens? That could be dicey. My big dog loves the check them out but she has never tried to hurt them so hopefully your new pup will be the same. Have fun this weekend.

by Teresa said...

Aww, Kris.. so sorry for your family loss, that is never easy. I think you and Greg are precious for taking Dusty and giving him such a wonderful home. I bet he's going to love Big Bear! He looks like a doll. Have fun in the snow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Debbiedoo's said...

Awww...sad but nice of your family Kris. Dusty is precious. Happy new year to you.

Linda said...

What a lovely end to a sad story...
You guys are the best...
And Greg's cousin will be sooo pleased to know Dusty is with you all...
Have a great time at Big Bear...
The whole darn bunch of you!!!!

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Tammy said...

You guys are awesome! He's such a pretty dog. I'm sure Ducey will love him. =)

melissa said...

Love that last pic with the stuck lip! SO cute he is!

I am curious though, how is he with the feathered friends of yours??? he looks to be a calm and friendly fella, so happy that you all took him in, that is pretty dang awesome of you guys ya know! Blessings to you this new year!

NanaNor's said...

You guys are simply the best; but a lab-who could resist! What a wonderful thing to do; I know that Ducey and Dusty will settle into together and probably be best buds before you know it. That is what happened with our old dog Reggie-he belonged to my sister but when she was near the end of life, we told her we'd take him. He and Sadie became best friends.
Hope you have fun at the cabin and get some snow.
Hugs, Noreen

deb said...

he is adorable...good for you for taking him! I have a new computer so hopefully I can get back to blogging!!!!

Linda said...

Sorry to hear about your loss...but what a wonderful new friend for Ducey! They will be fast friends before long. Dusty is handsome boy...have fun in Big Bear!!

Mereknits said...

Through a terrible loss you have gained a new family member, he is gorgeous. I can see why you would take him, I would. Glad things are calming down and those babies are becoming friends.
Have a great time,
Meredith

Valerie said...

Kris,

I am so sorry for your loss and so thrilled to see that youve brought Dusty home. It warms my heart. With my moms recent death we too took in all her doggies and have always considered them ours.
Have fun in Big Bear this weekend.

Hugs,

Valerie
Cottage Making Mommy
www.cottagemakingmommy.blogspot.com

Susanne said...

That last pic looks like he has a bit of a grin on his face. He is beautiful and has found a good home where he will be loved just right. So sad about the cousin passing away. I'm sure he would be pleased to know his beloved dog has a good family to love his best friend.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm sorry to hear of your family's loss, Kris. It was so nice of you to adopt Dusty...I'm sure it is hard for him, too. Hopefully, the two dogs will become best friends...they are both so beautiful!

priscilla said...

So nice of your family to take him Kris ! He looks like he is going to fit right in ! Hope your having a wonderful weekend !

Karmen Sunshine said...

It is a beautiful thing you are doing. Dusty looks like he is going to be okay though it must be a difficult adjustment for a dog to lose its master. Your wonderful family will be the best substitute.
Karmen

Pammy Sue said...

Congrats on the new family member! He is so pretty and sweet-looking. Poor thing lost his daddy. :( I'm always sad for Janie when I think she's missing her old owner, but she seems so perfectly happy here nonetheless. Have fun in Big Bear. I hope y'all get lots of beautiful snow!

Lynne said...

Oh he is so handsome! Labs are so awesome, I'm sure he will settle right in. Have fun with your new member of the family!

Nana Go-Go said...

Who could resist that handsome face and those appealing eyes?! He must be missing his Master terribly but he's landed on all fours with such a loving home to continue his life in, that's for sure.Very,very sorry for your loss. We're still awaiting the funeral of my friend here - who would believe that the festive season would hold up such an event but it has.
Have a good week, Kris. x

Jann Olson said...

Dusty looks like he's right at home Kris. I am sure that his master is smiling down from heaven. Enjoy your get away to Big Bear!
hugs,
Jann

Sarah said...

Bring involved in dog rescue, I love this story! Dusty looks like such a sweet boy...those eyes!. Have fun with them both!

Nicolle said...

My sympathies to your family on the loss of Greg's cousin. I'm sorry to hear that news. How wonderful that you guys took that sweet dog in. He is a beauty. He's going to love his new home!

Katie said...

I am sure that meant so much to his family to know that Dusty would be well taken care of. He's a cuuute dog and I love that last pic with his Elvis lip!