|Keesha's Quilt Block|
|Bo's Mini Quilt|
Dogs will be what their humans make them. They adapt well to what you, their pack leader, want them to be. Saying that, I do believe that there are no "bad dogs". Just owners that have not taken the time to research the traits of the breed--so that the dog can fit the owner's lifestyle, or an owner that is not taking the time to train the dog properly or an owner that abuses, neglects or uses the dog for their personal benefit without concern for the dog's well being. All these elements can create a non-social dog that the public labels "bad dogs". I would encourage a second look at the history of ownership.
In honor of National Dog Day, here are the dogs who have loved me.
Skipper-my first dog, Cocker Spaniel
Tammy-the dog of my youth thru young married life (looked just like Lassie) a Rough Collie
Belle, Trixie, and Boone-wish they had been with me longer
Pebbles-German Shepard, and our son's first dog. She was a hero, she helped the local police department catch a stalker back in 1974. She was much loved by many people. The night before she passed away this big dog climbed into my lap--I believe to say good-bye.
Keesha-Keeshond, a rescue she taught me more about the training of dogs than any of the others.
Otis-Black & Tan Coonhound, house dog that was a great protector and ran our household for many years. He was also a rescue. From him I learned the devotion of a male dog.
Bodhi-Siberian Husky, a rescue with tons of personality
Bear-Yellow Lab, rescue dog. He was devoted to my hubby. They were together until the end. It was very difficult for my hubby to give up Bear, but the time had come for that decision. Hubby believes that they will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge, so do I.
They were all so special in their own way and I am smiling now with a few tears as I remember all of them. Bo and Maggie are now teaching our Grandson, Parker, the special love of a dog.
|Maggie and Parker|
|Bo and Parker|
Yes, he's a gentle giant!
|Dogs Love Dogs, too.|
Love a Dog!!
I have used the inspiration of my dogs in quilts, other have too. Check out Off the Wall Friday to see great quilting inspirations. Happy Quilting!