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Local schnauzer helps owner co-pilot

Puppy Tales

I have had a lot of people wondering why I haven’t been writing my Puppy Tales for the last few weeks. I was happy to hear how many people enjoy this column. The truth is, I have been really sick again. I think the doctors got it this time. This has been the hardest year and a half of my life. 

So let me get back to the Puppy Tales that people have been missing. And again thank you all for letting me know that.

As many of you know, my husband, Michael, and I used to raise Miniature Schnauzers. Every litter produced the most beautiful puppies I have ever seen. And of course, we loved them up. 

When it came time to find them a home, we were very picky and protective of them. It was like finding a new home for our children almost. We talked to the people at length. We wanted every puppy to be happy, healthy and well cared for. 

One day a local doctor and his wife called and asked where we lived because they wanted to find a puppy to keep their 12-year-old schnauzer, Scout, company and hopefully prolong his life. They checked out all the puppies and after carefully checking each puppy out, picked a silver, black and white male, also known as a salt and pepper, and named him Laddie. 

I would love to tell you who this doctor and his wife are, but they wanted to keep silent. I think some of you will figure it out. 

I was so happy because this little puppy had it made. He had the kind of life I wish every puppy could have. A loving family who couldn’t put him down because they loved him so much, a huge fenced back yard, and another dog to play with.

Their older dog, Scout, loved Laddie. They played together and ran all over the back yard. Old Scout lived for about two more years, and they and myself know that it was because of Laddie. 

Laddie played with Scout all day, every day. And all of the love and attention that Laddie gave to Scout is the reason Scout lived that long. 

He seemed like he was on his last leg, when they came to see me for a puppy. I would come by and see Laddie from time to time. He was beautiful. He should have been in dog shows because everything about him just screamed beautiful.

I checked in with the family a few weeks ago and I couldn’t believe what they told me Laddie was doing these days. I got a side ache from laughing because I could visualize it in my head. The doctor has a private plane that he flies. He takes Laddie with him. 

In fact, Laddie has his own set of headphones that he wears on his head when they fly. Life for a dog doesn’t get any better than that. 

Every time a small plane flies over, I wonder if our beautiful little Laddie is co-piloting that plane and I laugh. If I can get a picture of Laddie with his head gear on, I’ll see what I can do to get a picture here on Puppy Tales for all of you to see. 

Also, please remember to have your pets spayed or neutered. It will cut down on the amount of animals that wind up at local shelters. Please adopt a shelter dog. And please know this, if you can foster an animal and love it until we can get it adopted, you will have saved its life. You’ll be a hero and there’s a place in Heaven for people that love animals enough to save their lives by fostering and helping to get these animals new homes or to rescues. Please check with our animal control officer to help out or adopt if you can. Just call city hall and ask for his number.

Jacksboro Newspapers

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