animal rescue, companions, dogs, family pets, Savannah


I’ve been thinking about how much joy pets bring to our lives. Terry and I are more cat people because their independence fits our lifestyle, but we had several dogs when the children were growing up. I’m impressed with the number of people who rescue animals, as well as how the digital world has made the process so much easier. Both man and beast are blessed when they find one another. I hope you enjoy some of the canines featured today.

Savannah advertises itself as a Dog Friendly city. We found that to be a fact. There was a parade of pups with their owners staying at our hotel. Here are some of the pooch friends we met there.


Taco looked macho in his military green.
Spanish Ladies

 These two dolls have Spanish monikers. The one on the left is named for a brand of Spanish coffee. Her friend on the right is Canela, which means cinnamon. 

Billie wasn’t too keen on going out into the rain. The first time we saw her, she was stiffed-legged, straining against the leash as her master resolutely headed for the hotel door. The floor was slick so she slid along toward the wet world outside. Conscientious owners like him are probably one of the reasons dogs are welcome there.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isa. 30:21a
Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie is an unusual name for such a handsome Frenchman. We asked if he were a show dog. The owner said no, but she had been told he was show-dog quality.
I agree, don’t you?


Carolyn’s granddaughter, Reagan, holds their new rescued miniature poodle, Gabby.
This lucky pooch has wiggled his way into the hearts of the entire family.
wish I’d gotten a good picture of him in his pumpkin Halloween costume.

A Few More Lucky Dogs


Sally is a small Lab who belongs to my friends, Don and Donna. She’s getting on in years and has hip problems that keep her from hunting. I love it that she hobbles over for me to pet her when I drop by. She and Don are still almost inseparable. She doesn’t need as much church as he does though.


  Another fortunate dog, Harry, lives the life of Riley with the Jefferies. They had no plans to own a dog until this stray stole their hearts. Don’t let that toothy under bite intimidate you.
He just never had the opportunity for orthodontics.
He’s really a friendly little critter.


Boo, a Rat Terrier, may be little on the outside, but he has a big spirit. A working dog, he herds any wildlife that needs rounding up. Boo lives with his owners, Cliff and Debbie, on a farm not far from Greenbrier. He is a poster child for obedience but loves to chase and catch squirrels when his people allow it.

Annabelle & Lucy

Annabelle and Lucy belong to friends, Talya and John.
These Dallas girls are great watch dogs.
No squirrels will get in their house ever!


Pokey lives the good life in Beebe with my writing friend Dot and her grandson, Phillip.
He was rescued from along side the road near Pocahontas, thus the name which stuck.
She says he’s part Lab and who knows what else!


My GrandDogs

Max & Milo

 Carolyn and Karen met Max and Milo along with Maria, Brad and Caroline on the way to Savannah. (Emily, on the left, is away at college.) They adopted Max, the terrier, first, but he was so skittish and shy, they decided to get another dog to keep him company. Max perked up the moment he saw Milo, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. From the picture you’ll see these two have been part of the Day family a long time. Emily is a sophomore at the University of Alabama and Caroline is in the 9th grade now.

Two more fortunate canines who are greatly loved.



Houston Johnson belongs to our youngest son, Erik, and his group.
This little guy happily shares his home with a passel of kids and cats.
They’re a loving bunch.

Lucky & Jack

Our oldest, Gary, has always had dogs. Both rescues, Lucky, an Australian Shepherd, and Jack, a Blue Heeler, are full of affection. You could get licked to death at their house. Jack is an escape artist who causes his owner angst from time to time, but you’d never know it from talking to Jack!


Kaali and Blu belong to Gary’s special friend, Pamela.
We love it that all three of these girls spend lots of time
hanging out with Gary, Lucky and Jack.

Last But Not Least



A family portrait wouldn’t have been complete without Minnie. She wandered into our lives after the terrible tornado in 1952 that blew away the small nearby town of Judsonia. Her terror of storms and the way she cowered and panted at the first hint of one’s approach made us wonder what she went through that day. Mother said she always knew which house we were in because Minnie was waiting faithfully on the front porch for us to come out. Mom fed her hamburger meat on a regular basis. Guess that would be contra-indicated these days. She died eleven years later when I was a junior in high school.

Tell me about your favorite canine friends, past or present. Send a picture and I’ll share it.

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
 I Sam. 15:22

13 thoughts on “FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS”

  1. You already know my favorite canine friends – Lucy and Annabelle! Before they took over our lives, we had Belle, a small black cat we rescued from the animal shelter when Kelsey was 3. She died the week before Kelsey left for college…And when I married John, he came as a package deal with Joker the Jack Russell Terrier, Belle's nemesis. My very first dog as a child on the farm was Honey Bee, an Eskimo Spitz. There have been many in between including birds, fish and hamsters…:)) Love this post and thank you for including my babies!


  2. Oh, DJ – my favorite subject – Pets! Currently I have J.T. – 14 year old sheltie mix who was kicked out of his first home for terrorizing the cat. Angel -12 year old terrier who was abandoned when her mom and dad moved away. and Dixie, 2 year old red heeler, that my son found running in and out of traffic at a gas station when she was about 8 weeks old.
    Still in my heart are MahLi, a shepherd-mix who showed up at my door, Uhuru- lab/chow that my son also found, and from a long time ago – Tuffy, a poodle mix that was almost human and Muffin, a scrappy little brown who-knows-what that walked sawhorses like tightropes!
    Dogs have always been a great part of my life. Thanks for letting us share.


  3. Annabelle and Lucy are adorable and it wouldn't have been complete without them. It's hard to say goodbye to our pets when their lives are over, but we'd miss so much joy if we played it safe. As always, thanks for reading and commenting.


  4. Three different friends have the sweetest Shelties, so I've thought if I were to acquire a dog, I might consider that breed. Sounds like your boys and girls are lucky to be part of your household. And yes, they do remain in our hearts. Wish I could have seen Muffin on the sawhorses.


  5. Oh I love these puppies!! A parade of pups.. how fun!! Our dog's name is Hank. I've been meaning to do a post about him. We aren't sure what breed he is since we rescued him, but he has the funniest personality! We take him everywhere 🙂


  6. He visitado tu bloc y me ha encantado son una preciosidad todos los perritos Las fotografias son muy bonitas, te invito a visitar mi bloc, Felicidades
    por tu bloc


  7. Thanks for reading my blog, Katie. I agree, those pups are all so cute. Many of them were rescues, which I love. I hope you will write about Hank. I'd love to see him. Is he named for Hank Williams?


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