By: Joey Uva Enoch
Trevor and I have been talking about getting another dog for awhile now. We have our faithful and obedient dog Rex who is now 13 years old. He’s a rescue dog that Trevor saved when he was just a puppy. The years have caught up with Rex; he’s got a heart murmur, arthritis, and now he’s been getting fluid in his lungs which makes him cough a lot. We took Rex to the vet and they prescribed some medication for the fluid in his lungs and to help the coughing. The vet let us know that with the mediation Rex would probably live one more year, maybe two if we are really lucky. We have been completely open about all this with Grace, we thought it best to let her know how Rex is feeling and to help her understand that he may not be around much longer.
In talking about getting a new dog, we discussed if Rex could handle it, not knowing if it would stress him out or give him some company in his last days. At the beginning of summer our friend Chris got a new puppy, a Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Frankie. She’s adorable. Chris let us know that the owners of the puppies had another puppy that looked much like Frankie. I called the owner and made plans for us to see the other female puppy. That weekend we told Grace that we were going to look at a puppy on Sunday morning to see if we wanted another dog. She was immediately excited and asked a million questions. A word of advice: if you take a seven-year-old to see a puppy that you might want, there is no “might” to it. You’ll be going home with a puppy.
On Sunday, we arrived at the puppy owner’s house and she brought the female puppy to the front yard. This little caramel brown tail-wagging puppy was adorable -her tail wagged so hard it moved the whole half end of her body back and forth. Grace simply said; “Oh Papa! She’s a perfect puppy!” I guess the Grace inspection passed; next up was Rex. We brought Rex out of the car to have him meet Puppy, he was not very interested, although the little perfect caramel wagging puppy was very interested in Rex, with more tail wags and numerous licking attempts. We decided to take her. Just as we made our decision, the owner said; “She has one brother left, he’s more black than brown and smaller, a little bit the runt of the bunch. I’ll give you a really good deal if you take them both so he doesn’t have to be left alone by himself.” We asked her to bring out the brother. At first glance, he was smaller than his sister with a difference in the characteristics. I looked up at Trevor; “Should we?” Trevor replied with; “I’ll leave the final decision up to you babe!” Grace just couldn’t hold back, “Please Papa!!! I can help take care of them!” We took two new puppies home. On the car ride back we named them. We now had two new members of our family, Duke and Ruby.
Rex has become more relaxed with the puppies. Ruby is extremely fond of Rex and tries to give him puppy kisses, he has finally gotten to the point where he will stand still, allow a few licks and then walk away. Duke is the lover of the two, we hadn’t even planned on getting him but now we are so happy we did. Duke is able to handle Ruby’s hyper personality for some play time and Ruby will hopefully learn to be a little calmer from Duke’s softer loveable side. Still, for Rex, one thing is off limits: his food bowl. Ruby tends to challenge him on that, one little growl from Rex and she knows better, I guess she just can’t help herself.
So here we are with Rex, who has been by our side faithfully throughout the years, and now Duke and Ruby, the two newest members of our family.