Old Dogs

I’ve had dogs since I can remember. When I was little my Dad would say we will make a good dog out of him, cut his tail off right behind his ears. Took quite awhile to figure that one out when I was young.

Cowboy with his dog, circa 1954

Whenever you would ask my Dad about how many friends he had he would always raise his index finger and point at the dog. I know how he feels some days, when everything and everyone seems far away or distant all I have to do is reach out my hand and there is a dog.

Old Sassy and a young Mookie

My, my I miss some of my old dogs. Old Mookie, a crippled up Peke, who could run faster than most little dogs on three legs. My dear old Chocolate Brownie who could walk all day with her little short Dachshund legs. She never required much attention, she was just happy to have a home after we got her from the vet. Someone had picked her up and left her there. Miss my old dog Sassy, she barked at every train, but no train ever came in the yard.

Old Mookie

My pretty old Chocolate

My son and his wife recently lost their beautiful Norwegian Elkhound, Cash. When we came to visit the old boy was so excited to see me he couldn’t contain himself.. Don’t know how bad you miss their company till they are gone.

(Johnny) Cash amongst the wild flowers


Thank you Lord for Old Dogs.
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  1. Sue Bliss Roach says:

    Thanks Russ — I love Old Dogs – as you know I love ALL dogs and have loved all of mine and still miss something about each one. I like reading your “musings”!!

  2. Nikki Alaee says:

    I miss all of those old dogs too, Dad. 🙁

  3. Sue Bliss Roach says:

    Every once in awhile thoughts just pop into my head about one of my “old” dogs – and how each was good in his/her own way. I miss my old dogs!!

  4. Billy Collins says:

    My first dog was named Missy and I was blessed to have had her for my teenage years. She was one of the best friends I ever had. I miss her even today. I got me a special dog that belongs to my daughter ( she does not know it but its my dog now). I love God’s creation with all my heart and she is dear to me. Love Miss Emma !!! Thank you Russ for the memories. Billy

  5. Elena Jarman says:

    Dogs touch our lives in so many ways. We were blessed to get Dad’s old pugg Buddy who came along when my Angie was 1 or so. They were soul mates. When Dad passed Buddy came to finish out his years with us. He played checkers with his girl, slept at the foot of her bed, followed where ever she led. He passed on Easter two years ago, and not long after we were lucky to find our Tucker, boarder collie/mini sheltie mix, who just happened to be born the day after Easter. I love this story of a girl and her pups. Thank you for bringing wonderful memories to mind!

  6. Slim says:

    Dogs are always there for all of us, I appreciate them and all the feedback.

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