Angels Have Tails

Tranquilpen By Tranquilpen, 14th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/n4nbg.1p/
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it was at that precise moment that I knew he had decided that we were to be buddies for life. We had to decide on a name, so Daleen suggested, that since he was the new decision maker around here, that he would choose his own name.

Leader of the pack

Three years ago, I was in and out of hospital with various problems. a 6 stage leg amputation, total blindness, back and forth, again and again. I had lost count of how many trips I had made backwards and forwards to the various hospitals and eye clinics. Every time I would be away for several weeks or even months at a time.
When this happened, my wife Daleen was very lonely so my friend Fred whose female Jack Russell had had a litter of healthy pups, had brought one along to keep her company.

I was sent home for a couple of weeks, 18 months ago, when the new addition to our family, arrived. From the first moment, he'd made up his mind to favour the other larger dog with the funny legs, that would be me in the wheelchair. (I believe that dogs see humans as other larger dogs that walk, funny)

The moment my friend Fred put him down, he made a beeline for me, took an almighty big jump, which was only about halfway up my leg, but it was all the power his little 10 weeks old legs could summon up. For the remainder of the trip towards my lap, he literally clawed his way further, my legs were scratched to shreds.

I leaned forward and lifted him up onto my lap, where he simply curled up and was dropping off to sleep within seconds. It was at that precise moment that I knew he had decided that we were to be buddies for life. We had to decide on a name, so Daleen suggested, that since he was the new decision maker around here, that he would choose his own name.

We each wrote down some typical dog names as well as some way out ones. I wrote down the word "Bisto" which is the name of a powdered gravy bought by just about every citizen living here in South Africa for almost a hundred years, on account of the gravy colored, single, brown left ear that he has. Armed with all these names, we each had a go at calling him. I had the first turn and started calling in the sweetest way possible off course, "Butch"!, I called and not as much as a raised eyebrow from the spot where he was lying, tried; "Harry", "Mitch", "dodger", "Jake", even spike, which was a little corny, as he didn't have spiky coat,
and so it carried on.

there was no response to any of the names, and if anything, he appeared to be nodding off on one of his puppy naps again. I had just about given up with this naming game and announced that I was going to pull out my "secret weapon" the ridiculous name I had spoken of above, which everyone here had, had a huge laugh about, Namely 'Bisto".

I prepared myself for another non -- response, and in a barely audible tone, I called out once; "Bisto", I said, and miracle upon miracle, up his little head went, ears fully erect, "Bisto" I called again, and without a single moments hesitation, he had covered the 6 meter distance separating us, to where I was sitting in the wheelchair, tail wagging madly, up my leg he dashed , straight to my face upon which he was placing dozens of wet puppy kisses. He had chosen!

In the ensuing days we became extremely close, no crate for him, no sir, he had to sleep with us big dogs at the foot end of the bed. Where he quietly lay without a sound until 6 am. every morning. My wife gets to the back door a lot quicker than I, to let him out. He does his business and quickly dashes back to the door where he would simply stand, watching the closed door like a hawk, waiting for her to let him in.

No potty training for this guy! Unless, as we have discovered, on some rare occasions,
he had been reluctant to wake us up for unscheduled ablutions and just did his business in the toilet ,where all self respecting big dogs do theirs.

Two things he hates, one is,wearing a collar and the second is that he hates taking a bath. The moment someone mentions the word "bath" he charges towards where I am sitting and dives directly under my wheelchair, where he stays until they find him, He snarls and growls as Aurora my daughter tries to pull him out, from under the chair. Off course, he never bites her, because he simply loves her to bits.

Bisto is an endless source of entertainment for all of us. The stuff he gets up to are sometimes hilarious, for instance, when he isn't in the mood for eating, I sometimes grab the broom pretending to sweep out his food bowl, he'll drop whatever he was doing instantly and start eating his food. Of course this used to irritate Daleen, no end. Until She eventually saw the humor in it and now laugh's at it, as well.

As much as he loves me, I have noticed lately that he has changed his sleeping preferences by curling up on the pillow between Daleen's neck and the wall behind her.
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author avatar Val Mills
15th Feb 2011 (#)

That is such a lovely story.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you val, Iwanted to include some pictures of all Bisto's buddies but some gremlins got into my PC. If you like, you could visit his own blog site at:http://petattractionsecrets.blogspot.com

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Tranquilpen, I will have to go take a peek at your site. What a sweet story and what a gorgeous doggie you have. I love the name Bisto. I know when I sent years in a wheel chair before I worked myself out of it (for the most part), it was my dogs that helped me through it all. I had to since stop driving and I became home bound. If not for them and their constant unconditional love, I don't think I would have progressed as much as I did. I do miss my doggies that have passed but, getting Bugg aka Buggah, was a blessing for sure. He was so sweet to Max when I finally lost the last of my posse last May. None of my dogs have been in a crate nor would I put them there. I don't mean to get any one mad about that, it is just my preference. All my dogs, Bugg included hate collars and baths also. Funny thing about Bugg is, he will roll around in any muddy watering hole in the yard yet, run the clean water and he runs and hides. Well, I have taken up enough of your space. I just want you to know, I am so happy y'all found Bisto and he found you. Just love his picture, he looks like a hoot for sure.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you, I mirror your comment to the letter. I haven't been off the property in over a year, month in month out. I f it wasn't for our pets, the two budgies, pretty boy and blue as well as our car Jet as in Jet-black, I would not have made it thus far. :-()

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Feb 2011 (#)

Off course, not forgetting the leader of the pack Bisto!

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author avatar scar*let
17th Feb 2011 (#)

Indeed! I would be lost without my two cats... angels certainly have tails (fur can replace feathers however). And only another writer could take naming so seriously. May Bisto (and the rest of the pack) continue to be a source of sheer joy for you and your family...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you so much for your great comment and the very same good wishes to you and both of your furry angels

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author avatar Songbird B
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

I was really touched by this article, and it is so beautifully written, it has really touched me...I take on rescue dogs, and each and every one of them throughout our lives have been special. Blessings to you, Tranquilpen and your furry angel too...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Well there you are then, Doggy heaven's own custodian, God's blessings to you, for loving so many of them.

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