The circle of life

Published 10:35 am Friday, December 7, 2012

Muffin and her babies (photo submitted)

To all those who have expressed concern as to what my new direction will be since my retirement, fear not, for my goal toward helping my kids is as strong as ever.

My new direction simply has to do with how I will handle my expenses. Besides other things, I visit the shelter just about every day, I’d hate for my kids to ever think that I’ve abandoned them.

One of my favorite stops is to visit Tyrion, a 2 ½ year old pointer mix who reminds me of Buck (now Bandit), the sweet boy who was struck by a car and found under a tree. The look and demeanor of these two boys are so strikingly similar I’d like to believe they might be twins from the same litter.

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Tyrion arrived at the shelter in late June as a stray turn in with wounds on his neck. He was also high heartworm positive. His wounds have healed and he has been on medication for heartworm since his arrival.

Tyrion is doing wonderfully and has become the star of our shelter.  He loves people of all sorts and is great with other dogs, but not with cats.  He’s also an escape artist, just like Buck/Bandit, but doesn’t run away, I think he does it just because he can.  Debbie O’Donnell, who has been working with his training, recently said to me, “he is so beautiful and smart, I can’t believe he hasn’t found a home yet.”

Come visit this magnificent boy and if you agree that he is all I say he is and wish to add him to your family, I will personally purchase an invisible fence (which he needs) and have it installed.

On Nov. 7, I made my usual visit to Foothills Humane Society to check on Tyrion and all the other kids. After checking the adoption board, then seeing who was fostered or at the vet, I went in to visit Lani who handles our meds to learn if anyone was in trouble.

“Go down and see Muffin, Lennie,” Lani said, “she’s having pups and one of them didn’t make it. Be careful, she’s very frightened and will nail you.”