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Wednesday, September 26

My Loyal Companions









Let me introduce you to Meeko, my loyal companion. We brought Meeko, an Alaskan malamute into our family in November 2000. He has been a big part of our lives ever since.



Meeko has been taught good manners. Though he was a bit stubborn as a pup, we worked with him and have raised him to be a well-mannered pet. He would like to chase cats, squirrels and other animals, but when he reacts to their presence, I make him sit until they are safely out of reach. Over the years he has come to know that this behavior is unacceptable.


Meeko's predecesor was Snowball, an American Eskimo. We had the privledge of having Snowball as part of our family for 13 years. He was a faithful companion and the hardest thing we ever had to do was put him down. Snowball had renal kidney disease and was self-mutilating. We had to put our feelings aside and do him the honor of relieving his pain and suffering. He will live in our hearts forever.


At the same time we had Meeko, we had another dog, Cheyenne. She was half dog, half wolf. Her mother was a timber wolf that had been brought south from the Yukon. When I first saw Cheyenne, she was a fat little ball of fur. My husband fell in love with her. At first, I didn't, but she soon captured my heart. Cheyenne lived to be 12 years old and lived out her last years on a farm where she was able to run free. The farmer made a sled for her to pull his small children. Cheyenne was a beauty and was very protective of her "Pack." The only photo that I have of her on my computer is one that a friend of mine made into a background for a webpage. To learn more about Cheyenne, read her story here: http://www.geocities.com/marysnewplace/cheyenne.html?200726


Dogs are faithful companions. They make us laugh with their antics. They comfort us when we shed tears. The protect our property and keep us safe from harm. Dogs have been a big part of my life. We had a dog when I was a child. My grandparents kept several dogs on their farm.

I miss everyone of my canine companions and hope to always have at least one dog in my life. Life just isn't the same without a loyal companion by your side.






15 comments:

  1. I loved your tribute to Cheyenne. What a wonderful companion!

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  2. Enjoyed hearing about your dogs. I like big dogs best. (The ones that stay outside and bark when someone comes up.) We had a german shepard mix once, and the vet said he thought it was mixed with wolf. It was a good protector but hot hit by a car. We let our dogs run free and that's the chance we take.

    A Black Lab mixed dog has taken up at our house now. My husband feeds her and she lays on the back porch guarding the door.

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  3. Oh, Mary, I'm so glad you posted about Meeko. I was wondering how he was doing. And I remember the beautiful Snowball. Cheyenne sounds like a great dog as well.

    I lost my beloved Rottie a few months ago. Remember him? Oscar. He was my guardian and friend, and it broke my heart to lose him. Blackie also had to be put down the year before. Now I still have my blondie, Sidney, and a little mutt, Midge. She is a cross between a wire haired terrier and something else. She looks like a wire hair terrier, and is a good little girl, a great little watch dog, too. Someone dropped her off around here 4 years ago, and she became my dogie.

    Dogs are our faithful companion friends, life would be so much duller without them.

    Have a great weekend, Mary.

    Hugs,

    Renie

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  4. willow,

    I'm glad you enjoyed my tribute to Cheyenne. Thanks for dropping by.

    Ann,

    I love big dogs. All of my dogs have been fairly large, though my neighbor has two little ones that are wonderful too.

    We keep Meeko on a very thin rope, as you can see in the photo. Meeko is a runner and since we live in the city, we need to keep him safe. He spends a lot of time outside. I do bring him in at night. We take him for four short walks and two long ones every day. We also take him to the dog park so he can run free.

    If your shepard mix was half wolf, it would have been a great protector. Cheyenne would have given her life for us. A black lab is also a great companion and guard dogs. Canine protectors certainly are man's best friend.

    Renie,

    I'm so sorry to hear that Oscar was doing. I'm sure you were heartbroken and still miss him. He was a beautiful dog. If you get a chance, please post photos os Midge and Sidney. I would love to see them. Take care and enjoy the weekend. It's a beautiful fall day here.

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  5. Mary,
    Thanks for your comment.
    About the rattlesnake sign. There are snakes in So California; but we don't really ever see them. My husband (The Professor) calls the sign a 'lawyer sign'--if the sign is posted and you get bitten, it's not 'our' fault. I don't think anyone has ever actually encountered a rattlesnake on the nature trail.

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  6. willow,

    That is good to know. We have rattlesnakes in northern Ontario and they are seen. When I was a child, we were going to Tobermorey, on the Bruce Peninsula. We got out of the car near a stream. I was walking along the stream when my Dad called me to come back. For once I did as I was told. When I reached him, he pointed to a rattlesnake sunning itself on a rock just a little way from where I was walking. What an experience that was.

    Glad to see you here again. I'm hoping to post something new here soon.

    Mary

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  7. Mary,

    I loved reading about Cheyenne, Snowball and Meeko. Their pictures are wonderful. I'm glad Meeko is doing well!

    Tina

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  8. Your dogs are lovely. I usually have two at a time but now I just have one. The older couple I have taken into my home have two little ones. I have a neighbour's dog come by to add to the mix. I have a lady friend that always wanted me to find her a part wolf.
    I always hesitated. Wolves have some qualities that makes them different from dogs. I prefer to watch them in the wild. We have an active wolf pack not far from my place we can hear at night. I wrote a while back of 12 showing up in my neighbours yard at night and he shot one ot two of them. I was not pleased!!

    So you want to know where River Valley is? If you take out an official Ontario Road map we are at the top edge of the southern portion and the bottom edge of the northern portion, The town on the fold. Seriously we are between North Bay and Sudbury, north of Sturgeon Falls and south of Temagami, at the confluence of the Temagami and Sturgeon Rivers. I live along the Temagami River on the south edge of the Temagami Wilderness area.

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  9. Tina,

    Meeko has experienced some hotspots over the last two months and has had to be on antibiotics. However, the Vet told us that many dogs have had this experience this year. At the present time he's taking his 3rd round. I sure hope he gets over this soon. It's frustrating for him to be constantly itching.

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Mary

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  10. Pebbles,

    Thanks for letting me know where the River Valley is. I have never been that far north, but would love to. My grandfather used to work in that area and he told many stories of its beauty.

    Yes, Cheyenne was a little different than most dogs. She was gentle, quiet and vicious as any wolf if her pack was threatened. At that time my husband worked nights and I never feared anything when she was by my side. She was very intelligent and helped me through a difficult time after an automobile accident that left me disabled. She was a beauty and I still miss her.

    Thanks so much for your visit. You're welcome anytime.

    Mary

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  11. Hi Mary:
    Thank you for taking time to wish me well. How kind of you. I cried reading about Cheyenne; but like you said she is free now. I only have 2 cats (Joey & Jessica) right now but I usually have a dog too. Your Mom is darling!!!You have a lovely family and 2 fine strapping young grand sons!!! You sound like a happy lady
    : ) When I come home from surgery I will e-mail you to let you know how I am and you can tell me about your back surgery.
    Peace
    oxo
    carole

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