Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MAX - CHAPTER SEVEN


THE SIBLING PUPPIES


REUNITED WITH MY LONG LOST SISTER, SHILOH
Hey Hounders,
SHILOH + MAX
One day when I was about 7 months old, mom got a phone call from Ms. Carol at Brookstone Newfoundlands where I was born. It seems that somebody had returned a Newfoundland puppy and they needed to find a new home for it. Mom said that if Carol couldn't find a home for the dog that it could come live here.
THE NEWFS
After a week Carol called mom again and the next Sunday, mom and dad and me got in the suburban to go get the unwanted puppy. I let dad drive with mom riding shotgun; I rode in back looking out the windows. When we got to Chesterfield, Ms. Carol was all glad to see me again. She was very nice to me when I was little and I remembered her (as Horton says: "elephants never forget"). Mom and Ms. Carol went inside while I stayed outside with dad. Soon mom and Ms. Carol came back out and they had another dog with them.


I couldn't believe my eyes. It was my sister Shiloh (named after our mother). She hadn't changed much. She had a lot more black dots on her (ticking) and she had put on a LOT of weight (a whole lot), but it was definitely Shiloh. I couldn't believe that my own sister was coming home to live with us, forever. 











<--MAX + SHILOH -->


Can it get any better than this? (Yeah, we could have steak for dinner; like that'll ever happen.) It's great having Shiloh to play with, not that Abby and the Goldens aren't fun, but it is nice to have somebody like me. I'm not the odd man out now, even though dad says I'm still odd.  Shiloh is just as odd if not more so. And she is even bigger than me, she's taller, and she even outweighs me now.  Shiloh is a BIG girl.  We have adjoining crates in the kennel and we play together in the pen. Dad built us a big dog house that's supposed to be for both of us, but Shiloh likes to plop down just inside and blocks the door so that I can't get in. We lie around and reminisce about our younger days at Brookstone.
Since she came before Christmas in 2007, dad took her to get her Christmas photo taken by the same guys that took the pictures of the rest of us.  He said it sure was an easier trip with just one dog, even if it was a giant dog. Then he had Shiloh's photo added to the Christmas composite picture.  So Shiloh and I are both in that Christmas Card picture; now isn't that special.


SHILOH
See our baby photo at the top of this post? Where am I and where is Shiloh?  We're both in the picture.  We're two of the three Landseers (Black + White Pups).  Give up?  Well, Shiloh's the one on the left.  She has a black spot on her top left backside that you can see in both the baby picture and in the picture of her and me in the lake (she's on my left).  Which one am I?  Well, I've got a solid black saddle over my back and I'm pretty much solid white from the back of my black head back to the black saddle.  I'm the one on the far right of the three Landseers.  Did you pick us out correctly?



END OF CHAPTER SEVEN
MAX (TBH+K)

1 comment:

Sheila and Bob said...

Max, What a great story and to think the puppy was your sister and you were reunited makes it all the more special.

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