Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Welcome Anubis!

Here is the newest member of our family, Anubis. He is a German Shepherd Mix we bought from the Western Pa Humane Society this past weekend. He is about 2 years old (vet's guess) and was a stray in a local county, so no one knows his history. My husband was missing his dog, Romulas, who I've posted about before. When Romulas died, my husband could not face getting another dog for the longest time. But recently, I've caught him looking on the Internet at pictures of black German Shepherds and talking about dogs a lot, so I kind of figured he might be getting ready to get another dog.

The thing is, my husband has always been interested in pure bred dogs and would never consider a shelter dog. But the last two pure bred dogs were not exactly easy to deal with, so this time he was willing to look at a shelter dog. Shelter dogs have too many good points to pass up- most are housebroken, behavior is already known and some are even trained, depending where they came from. Because the hubby wanted a dog that "picked" him, we had to search high and low. We looked in Winchester, Va while on vacation, and all around Pa. I was beginning to feel we lived at some of these shelters for as often as we went! After a few months searching and no dog "spoke" to him, the hubby was ready to give up when we saw Anubis on line at the Humane Society.

Anubis was named Tony and Reggie by the staff at the Humane Society. Why he had two names, no one could explain, but it was a blessing in disguise for us. Since he was never used to being called one name he took fast to his new name, Anubis, which we came up with on the way home from the Humane Society. If you look at the picture above, you can see the resemblance to the Egyptian god Anubis. Plus, my kids used to call our last dog "Bus" because they couldn't say Romulas when they were little. Anubis became A- New- Bus.

Anubis seems to be happy in his new home. He loves rawhide, running in the yard, riding in the car and sleeping next to us at night. What a good dog! After our experience, I have to encourage anyone considering a dog to try the shelter!

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them."
-Phil Pastoret

"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment."
-George Eliot


queen of everything said...

our bruno is a shelter dog, and the best dog ever. we will never own a dog that isn't a shelter dog. anubis is beautiful

CountryDew said...

Anubis looks like he will be a good dog.

I was amazed at the story you left on my blog about your neighbor. Wow.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

queen- I have to agree with you. I think shelters will be the way to go for us, too, in the future. Thanks for your nice comment about Anubis!

Dew-thanks. Yeah, that neighbor is pretty nuts. I'm glad she is a few houses away and not next door!

I hope you have progress with getting rid of the balloon bad guys.

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

He looks like an Anubis.

We get all our dogs from the shelters. I've worked at them in the past and I see how many get put to sleep. Including purebreds. When our two beloved dogs died, who both happened to be brindle even though they weren't related, when we were ready to look for a new dog, I dreamed of another brindle. But never imagined I'd get one. When it was time, I went down to the county animal shelter where there was everything a person could want--purebred Labs, Shepherds, a boxer, a bulldog, a collie just like Lassie, beagles, those little Shitzu dogs or whatever they are, lol, old dogs, young dogs, puppies, you name it, whatever was a person's fancy, was there. And lo and behold, what else was there? A beautiful floppy eared brindle teenager. Check out the story on my blog if you want to read about him. It's called, "The Big Stupid" and I put it on July 15, 2007.

Sadly, most of those dogs weren't as lucky as my big stupid and they got put to sleep. People need to spay and neuter and stop breeding. Like I said, purebreds are getting put to sleep also because there aren't enough homes.

Congratulations on Aubis. He is gorgeous.


sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thank you Debi! It's been almost a week that he has been here and he seems very happy! I'm glad you found your brindle dog. I'll check out your post.

Kat said...

I am so happy for you! What a blessing to find such a good mate in a dog.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks, Kat! I feel blessed that we found him. I can't imagine not adopting from the shelter again. It's a wonderful experience!