Meet our Stray Dog Shadow (book GIVEAWAY!)

June 2, 2010

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Meet our stray dog Shadow. He was rescued from the streets. It’s apparently true that love is blind. I saw this photo of Shadow on petfinder.com and I thought he was cute. I showed the photo to MacGyver, who had relentlessly been begging for a dog, and he was quick to decide, “That looks like a good dog.” So the family jumped into the car and drove an hour to meet and adopt Shadow.

We adopted Shadow about two weeks before my trip to Cambodia. When my little family greeted me at the airport upon my return trip from Cambodia, I ran and tackled them right there in the airport like a scene from a movie. During our kiss and hug breakfast, the news was broken to me that Shadow was at the Vet suffering from Kidney damage.

Over the next few days, Shadow spent his days at the vet receiving an IV treatment and spent his nights back at home with us. Finally, the vet advised us we would need to make a decision the next day. We knew what that meant. As the parents, we knew the next day would be heartbreaking.That night MacGyver held Shadow in his arms and sang to him, “You are my sunshine. My only sunshine. You make me happy when ‘days’ are gray.” This kid just about made me have a nervous breakdown on the spot. He didn’t even know the whole story!

The next morning, Joyce picked-up the children to spare them from the trip to the vet. Now be prepared to witness a miracle! Shadow woke-up and ran around all frisky as if he was saying, “Hey, look at me! I’m feeling great and loving life!” This dog was about to make me have a nervous breakdown on the spot. I wasn’t sure what was going on. The vet did all the blood work and announced that Shadow’s kidneys were showing improvement. He suggested we test again in two weeks and then make a decision.

Shadow has been a member of our family for a year now. He eats food that cost as much as a bag of gold, but other than that you’d never know he had a near death experience. I guess when he saw the bright light on the other side, he heard MacGyver singing, “You are my sunshine” and he came back to us!

Now Shadow uses every inch of our big back yard to run, play, chase squirrels and dig.(The digging and eating my plants thing is a sore subject between Shadow and me, but now is not the time or place to vent!) This photo was taken by MacGyver. He is always taking photos of Shadow. But they’re always blurry because Shadow is always on the move.

Shadow is wild, crazy and a free spirit. So he fits in perfect with our children. All three of them are struggling to see who will be the leader of the pack.

In honor of all of the stray dogs rescued from our streets . . .

The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa

We’re giving away one copy of The Stray Dog by Marc Simont.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you have a pet? Share with us! Anything about your pet.  Or just say “hey” we’re flexible!

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, June 6, 2010

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, June 7, 2010, at 12:00 pm Central Time. Check back it might be you!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. You are welcome to leave a comment. We read all of your messages! :)

Two more book GIVEAWAYS this week: What Pets Teach Us and Wild About Books

Just a few more books you’ll want to check-out:

Dog Blue

Just like MacGyver, Bertie is desperate for a dog. A blue dog! My kids love this story!

I’ll Always Love You

If you’ve ever loved a pet this one will make you cry. I’ve loved and have had to say goodbye to some dear pets. This book is a tear jerker for me!

Mutt Dog!

This little Mutt Dog reminds our family so much of Shadow. Look at that sweet face. It’s irresistible. Bless all of the people who give stray pets homes!

Life with Jeannine

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Maegan June 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

We have rescued two of our dogs from two different area human society organizations- Schertz & Helotes. And our other dog Snickers had a case of serious mange when she was a pup and we nursed her back to health.

We are finally going to make our parents and grandparents wishes come true with a grand baby instead of another granddog, but we are not sure how the dogs are going to feel about the new two legged addition! =)

Robin June 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

We have rescued all three of our dogs. One was near death just like shadow. The vet wanted to put him down and I asked for a few more days and I would bring him back. I spent a lot of time with him talking to him, praying for him and sometimes just sitting in silence and petting him. I wanted him to know love before he left this earth. When I took him back to the vet he was a different dog! He is a funny and healthy dog he is always up to something, he can even say yum-yum when he wants a treat.

Tiffany June 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Other than the random caterpillar or snail which graces our presence every now and again, we are petless. Mason once had two large snails he found which were a part of our family for almost 2 years. To those parents who are looking for a pet for your child, which requires even less maintenance than a fish, have your little one go snail hunting. The snails are even more fun than a fish. Mason’s would crawl all over him. He loved it. Me, not so much.

Amanda June 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I had a dog. She was crazy hyper. I gave her to my mom. I wish I could say I missed her, but with a toddler running around I don’t have time to. I really do love animals. Just not more than my sanity.

Ryan June 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm

My first dog (in my adult life) was a rescue dog (Cisco) in 2004. He was the victim of a broken home, but I managed to keep him around between the barefoot chases, chewing up sunglasses and bras, and carrying my socks around with him. God love him! He now has a younger sister (Pearl); not rescued, but she’s just as cooky as him!

Misty Maloney June 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

I don’t have any pets now, but I grew up with lots of dogs & some cats. Once my husband retires from the military we’re going to get a dog.

Robin July 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

My mom found a stray dog that was starving and had been attacked by 5 other dogs, He was a sad site to see. I took him in and off to the vet we went. I was told he was at death’s door and it was better to put him down. When I looked in his eyes I saw his soul and could not put him down just yet. I told the vet if he did not get better in one week I would be back. Well needless to say he is alive and fully recovered to this day. He has even responded to training and has said Yum-Yum when he wants a treat and just the other day he said Mama. It is amazing what love can heal.

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