Until I had children of my own, these two were like my children, although now I see how easy they were compared to a human 2-3 year old! We walked twice a day for miles even when I was pregnant and they gave us so much pleasure and unconditional love as well as chewed up shoes and extremely hairy carpets!
I did struggle with keeping the dog hair under control vacuuming twice a day and when I saw that Dyson vacuum cleaners had a version called the Dyson Animal with the promise of removing more pet hair from our carpets than our current one at the time, I had to try one. I thought our carpets were relatively clean from the twice daily vacuuming and the amount of vacuum bags I filled, but when I saw the cylinder fill up as I sauntered from room to room I was sold on how effective these vacuums really are!
I had 6 wonderful years with Bailey when he passed away at 14. I cried for a week solid, my eyes were so swollen, I thought I'd never cry so hard ever again, I was wrong. Moxie missed Bailey so much we decided to recruit another dog and the very next day Pet Rescue called us with a puppy needing a home immediately, destiny.
Chesney was the image of Bailey, even though they were both mixed mutts, he was a gift from up above, someone was listening or fed up with all my wailing! I forgot to ask what breed the dog was in my excitement, this tiny puppy looked like a Lassie dog and then grew into another huge ginger, hairy rug that that stole my heart for another 14 years.
All our dogs were/are rescue dogs, the stories behind each one is a story in itself, but it has been our utmost honour to give these dogs a home, they have repaid us a million times over with love, loyalty and a lot of licked faces, worth every hairy second.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all memories and opinions are my own.