LEROY + MABEL
We had recently lost our dog to cancer and thought we wouldn't get another dog. Then one day we saw our vet in a shop and she said she had recently rescued 6 puppies from Mississippi and we should come by and see them. Needless to say we had a new family member named Leroy Brown about an hour later.
Leroy's first day
The first week Leroy was here it was -40 outside. We worried about his paws so we went to the vet and picked up some booties. Leroy was not happy about our purchase.
Leroy made himself at home
Leroy was well received by our friends who had custom gifts made in his honour.
Hand carved woodblock painting by www.lisabrawn.com
For a dog from Mississippi Leroy really took to the snow.
Leroy kept himself busy digging snow forts.
This is a common morning scene .
Spring came and Leroy was up for any mountain adventure.
Soon it was summer and Leroy proved to be an excellent hiking buddy...well unless ground squirrels were involved.
When hurricane Katrina happened our vets wanted to find a way to help so they went down to give medical care to dogs in need and helped find homes for rescued dogs. They continue to volunteer their time spaying and neutering animals and bringing back dogs in hopes of finding them homes here. They told us they had a van full of dogs they had rescued and were on their way home. We met a few of the dogs and then they brought out this skinny dog with her head downcast named Rusty. My husband took one look at her and said if any dog needs love it's that dog. And that is how Mabel came to live with us.
Mabel's first day with us. Mabel was a stray but volunteers took her in and spent hours socializing her and trying to make her feel comfortable. She was a really shy dog but they took a chance and brought her to Canada to find her a forever home. We took to work to fatten Mabel up to a healthy weight.
Leroy and Mabel loved each other immediately. Together they each became more outgoing. They were each other's security blanket, more confident because they had each other.
They have been inseparable since that first day.
Leroy & Mabel's first walk together.
We were told that Mabel at first would only come close enough to find food but now she loves to cuddle and be close to us.
Mabel has a heart shape on one of her paws.
With Leroy as her companion Mabel grew confident and relaxed in our home.
Leroy & Mabel watching for squirrels together on summer vacation.
Leroy & Mabel are always up for a road trip.
Leroy's knees weren't genetically built right so the poor little dude had to undergo 3 extensive surgeries with long recovery times.
Mabel was Leroy's faithful companion while he recovered. Unless he was wearing the cone to stop him from ripping his stitches out, then Mabel was terrified of Leroy and ran away from him.
Leroy is now able to run and play with Mabel. They particularly love the snow.
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