Throwback Thursday


Shep, 1990-2008

Laynie wanted a dog something fierce, but we weren’t ready to have another dog. Other plans were in the works, however. One of the adopted grandparents called and asked us if we wanted a dog. We said no and started the list of reasons why we could not have a dog. Laynie overheard the conversation. Between Laynie and the adopted grandparent, we were whipped.

Every obstacle that we threw came back to us with a solution. It’s a boy dog. I have food. On and on, no matter our argument, there was a solution – and Laynie on our side of the phone wanting that dog. So, we brought Shep home to live with us. She wasn’t a boy. We got a biology lesson on that when we came home one afternoon. She got married to the Siberian Husky next door, who must have really loved her because he jumped a six-foot fence, dragging a logging chain behind him, to get to their wedding! They had beautiful babies.

We thought that Shep was a puppy, but according to the veterinarian, she was already about 6 years old when we got her in 1996. She and Laynie became fast friends and we all loved her. She was a faithful and protective companion. If anyone even looked at the kids cross-eyed, Shep was there to take care of it. She was part German Shepherd and part Chow and all love. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body, but if she was pregnant, you couldn’t touch her unless you were a regular part of the family. And you absolutely could not make one of the kids squeal if you weren’t a regular either. She’d chew your leg off then.

We spent lots of good years with this very loving dog. In the picture above, she is sitting on the spot that ultimately became her final resting place here in our Texas backyard.

Rest in peace, Shep. We sure miss you!


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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4 Responses to Throwback Thursday

  1. foguth says:

    What a lovely tribute to her.

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  2. edshunnybunny says:

    What an entertaining and touching post! Being an avid animal lover, myself, it touched me in a special way.

    At one point in my life, I volunteered at our local animal shelter. Within a year’s time our family had grown to 5 dogs, two rabbits, a parakeet, and 20 cats! Almost all were rescues. Needless to say, I gave up volunteering after about 18 months! It’s been almost eleven years since I last visited the shelter, but we still have several aging cats that we care for. Everything else has passed away. There have been lots of tearful goodbyes.

    Thanks for visiting my Hodgepodge blog post, and sharing about your doll collection in your comment! You asked what kinds of dolls I collect. Well, I collect all kinds of dolls(most old, but some new)– such as old Barbies and friends, old Chatty Cathy talking dolls, original Cabbage Patch Kids (plus the toy version from the 80’s), and a couple of other old baby dolls, like Tiny Tears and Thumbelina. I have several Ashton Drake life-like babies, as well. It’s hard to choose a favorite, I love them all!

    I appreciate your visits. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better through your blog, as well.
    Kathy (Reflections by Kathy)

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    • Thank you so much for your nice comments. Wow, it sounds like you have had a great critter family along the way! We at one point had as many as 20 cats, too. The local strays have assigned our house as the local birthing center. Everybody has their babies here because they know we’ll provide them with food and water. Now, we’re down to 4 that stay here. One is apparently pregnant (Little Bit), but this one’s litters never survive. Then, there is another mama (Bagel Bites) and her two children. One of those (Daisy) is only about 3 months old. The other (Callie) is just over a year old. We have our two grand-puppies (Battly and Petra) that live inside the house with us and they are just over 3 years old. I understand completely what you mean about tearful good-byes. It is hard to lose any of them, but some of them are just totally devastating. 😦

      Thanks for sharing more with me about your doll collection. I remember the craze of the 80s over the Cabbage Patch dolls. David’s daddy owned a Western Auto that also sold furniture and toys and it was a madhouse with people wanting that doll. They were impossible to get and people would fight over them when they did find a store with them. The little boy doll that I have may be an Ashton Drake doll. I’ll have to look again.. Maybe I will take his picture and post it soon so that you can see him. I agree with you; it is hard to choose a favorite. I think that Kissy is my favorite because she is about the same age as me. We’re both mid-60s models haha.
      Thank you for visiting me, too! I maintain two blogs right now…McClendon Villa here at WordPress and also PS Annie! on blogger.
      I enjoy reading your posts and hope that you have a wonderful day!


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