On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Birthday, Trudy

After our sweet dog Allie passed in 2001,
a search began that September to adopt another one 
 "just like Allie."
Visits to different pet shelters, and traveling all over the metroplex,
always left us feeling disappointed. 
A lot of time was spent viewing pics online until I (not DH) finally settled on a dog named Rex,
who didn't look anything like Allie, but he was a Schnauzer mix at least.
When we went to check out Rex, Dear Heart said an emphatic no. 
After describing and showing a pic of Allie to the Richardson Humane Society rep,
we left our phone number with her, and went to lunch. 
Just as our food arrived, the phone rang.
It was the RHS lady calling to tell us that,
as we were driving away, a little girl and her Mom had walked up with this cutie.
(I felt sad for the little girl who cried and cried because Mom
wouldn't let her keep the dog that she had named Trudy.)

While she seemed quite docile on the way home and in the house (even somewhat boring), we found out very quickly that Trudy was not boring, she was a people person and a "bolter." A door cracked open meant she needed to run. Many times at the beginning, I had to run like the dickens (usually barefoot) through the neighborhood to catch her, and many times, Dear Heart had to get in the car and drive around until he found her.

Trudy enjoyed several years of being the center of attention until the first grandchild came along. Then another, then two more who actually stayed at our house often and took priority over her. I have to say that Trudy has been a real trooper through all these changes in her life tolerating noises, banging, love pats, kisses, etc.

Trudy has a few little quirks about her, too. She has to take a nap with DH every day. She stands and waits for me to make up her bed each night before she will get in, she will stop and scratch the carpet, then sniff, which always causes me to wonder, hmmmm, what in the world is she thinking or smelling? (Even worse, what has traveled there before?) She always joins me in the kitchen when I am cooking, and then very politely stands at a little distance from the table while we eat knowing a very small bite from each of our plates will be saved for her.

Now, at 14, though her joints are stiff, cataracts cloud her eyes, her hearing may be off just a tad, this dog still can, when inspired, run like the wind.

"Tell me again why there's a limit on treats ...
'cause I don't agree."



Rebecca said...

It was nice of you to leave a comment on my blog! I came right over to "meet you" :)

My husband and I took Amtrak from Chicago to visit our children in mid-Kansas. We were happily surprised with the leg room (compared with air-travel)...Next time we WOULD pack some food. Don't know why we didn't think of that.

Sounds like Trudy has brought much pleasure into your lives. Decisions about their care must be difficult as they age.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Happy birthday to adorable Trudy! Reminds me of my girlfriend's dog :)

Sweet Tea said...

Happy Birthday Trudy!!
I think she and Boudxy would be great friends if they were together, as they look so much alike and share some similar traits. I love that she is a rescue dog - that makes her story all the better! Here's wishing her many more wonderful birthdays!

Terri D. said...

Trudy is a lucky girl! I'm sure she got a couple of extra birthday treats. Such a sweetie and it is almost like one of those "God things" that you found each other. Happy Birthday to Trudy! (Sorry I'm late getting around!)

yaya said...

Awww...Happy Birthday Trudy! I hope her day was filled with treats, hugs and maybe a quick jog down the sidewalk! She's lucky she found you guys to adopt!

Chatty Crone said...

Awe I hope Trudy had a great birthday.

Anonymous said...

Such a cutie. Happy belated birthday to a special baby!