My fur kids! Rex and Tilly are our two rescued mutts, famous in Victoria BC for being the cutest dogs at the dog park 😀 We got Rex in 2011 and Tilly shortly after in 2012 and they’ve since basically taken over our lives. I now often wonder what I used to do before I had dogs?! And the answer is usually I absolutely have no idea!
Rex was rescued by an amazing lady named Jana, from a high-kill shelter in Fresno, California. He was the only dog in his kennel and was cowering right at the back, lost in the darkness due to his black colouring. He was diagnosed with heartworm upon rescue, but the ladies at Dog Bless Rescue Partners here in Victoria, sponsored his (fairly horrific) medical treatment so he is now worm free and I can assure you DEFinitely has no heart or energy problems 🙂
We have no idea what breed mix he is, but I have an inkling that there’s schnauzer in there somewhere, and definitely some terrier. Maybe a bit of border collie too or some other herding breed like a cattle dog. He loves to herd (mainly his sister Tilly!). He’s a wiry, handsome, scruffy pup with the most intense, soulful rust-brown eyes. Over the last 3 years he’s also developed a fantastically striking white stripe between his ears.
He has come leaps and b(h)ounds since entering our lives, from being the dog who wouldn’t go near a human and would hide in the bush rather than walk around the block, to being the beggar of every stranger and life and soul of the dog park. He continues to improve every day 🙂
Tilly, formerly known as Gidget, is as much of a scruff as Rex. More in fact. She’s smaller but so bouncy and full of life that I often call her my ray of sunshine 🙂 There’s not a depressed person in the world that Tilly could not cheer up. Again, we have no idea on her breeds, but due to her long body and disproportionate legs, I’m betting there’s some wire-haired dachshund in there, and maybe a bit of crazy poodle. Maybe some spaniel too. People she meets see many breeds in her that have ranged from labrador to collie!
Tilly was also rescued from the States, this time from a high-kill shelter in the middle of Alabama. Dog Bless Rescue said she was simply too lovely to be euthanized and they just had to get her out of there. They made the right choice; life would not be nearly so sunny without this little bundle of energy in the world.
Tilly was actually a bit of ‘mistake’ fur child; after being rescued, she was fostered at the same kennels that Rex visits while we are on vacation. While we were away for 3 weeks in Sri Lanka and Rex was having his holiday at the kennels… he fell in love with her! They couldn’t be a more perfect match. So when we went to collect Rex, we also picked up Tilly for a ‘2 week trial foster’. The rest is history 🙂
These two dogs provide me with much of my writing and hiking inspiration, give me endless reasons to go outside and find adventure, and are also my pick me ups when ever I get down. As I said, I really have no idea what I used to do with my days before we had them! Is this what happens when you have kids?! 🙂