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Dolly Shepherd Bode

Dolly Shepherd Bode

Dolly Shepherd Bode 1997 – October 28, 2010 You seldom choose the very best dogs.  They choose you. Our hearts fill with gratitude for the providence that moved Dolly to decide to adopt us. It happened one morning when Ellen saw a harried German Shepherd trying to keep a litter…

Luke Shepherd Bode

Luke Shepherd Bode

Luke Shepherd Bode 1997 – January 24, 2011 If we are blessed, we recognize the times when childhood dreams become shining treasures among the mundane realities of adulthood. For us, one of those days came when Ellen found a pure-bred German Shepherd among the luckless animals of a city shelter.…

Saying so long to Beej

Saying so long to Beej

On Oct. 29, I had to let old Beej-hound go. I knew it was time when I could feel the lightness of her bones as I held her head in my hands and spoke quietly to her. I felt her letting go of life even though she could still muster…

Buddy Mann 1997 ~ May 25, 2013

Buddy Mann 1997 ~ May 25, 2013

After 16 years in residence on Kerrville Folkway in North Austin, “Buddy” moved on to Doggie Heaven last week. Known as the “neighborhood pet” for his welcoming grin, better suited to a Cheshire cat than a mixed-breed canine, that grin had begun to fade in recent months as muscles in…

Jasper Walker 2000 ~ 1-30-2013

Jasper Walker 2000 ~ 1-30-2013

Jasper was abandoned at a 4-way stop sign east of Austin when he was about 6 months old. Our friends recognized what a prince he was and took home him to their farm. But after about a year he started wandering around the area and chasing the neighbors’ cows. They…

Ace Swynnerton 2000 ~ 2012

Ace Swynnerton 2000 ~ 2012

Yellow Labrador Retriever Ace Swynnerton’s life came to a peaceful close on Monday morning, Dec. 10, after a full, twelve playful and loving years. Ace was a constant and loyal companion to owner Joe Swynnerton, as well as to numerous other self-proclaimed “co-owners” in his Kingsland lakeside neighborhood. Ace loved…

White Out

White Out

“That cat has the biggest purr.” These were the first words spoken about White Out by Carolyn when I readopted him in January of this year. Now, let’s turn back in history. It was just a few weeks after 9/11 and no one knew what the economy was going to…

Owen

Owen

Whimsy is God steering us toward delight. Hopefully, you are not like me because I spend much of my day-to-day life ticking off items on my to do list. I have to force myself to stop in the HEB parking lot and be awestruck by an orange crescent moon as…