DUSTY 1'S STORY

With Princess now living with Mom, I eventually
decided it was time to get a dog of our own.  Both
of the kids loved dogs and were very anxious to
have one come and live with us.  I also felt very
"dogless" and needed more than just an occasional
visit to Mom's house to see Princess.

I checked with the local animal shelter, but they
didn't have very many puppies available.  I chose to
get a puppy rather than an adult dog because with
small children in the house, a puppy would probably
become better attached to the children.  With an
older dog, there is always uncertainty about their
reaction to small children.  This I remembered from
my experiences with Jackie when I was a toddler.

One Sunday morning we checked the ads in the
local  newspaper.  We located a puppy ad that
sounded perfect.  A Border Collie-mix, eight weeks
old.  We drove out that afternoon to check it out.  
I always pictured a Border Collie as a black and
white dog.  I was surprised to see a small, brown
puppy with white markings.  The kids immediately
became attached to her, as did I.  So she became
the first dog that really belonged to us.

The first month or so with Dusty was rough.  Crate
training back then still wasn't real popular, so
Dusty spent her puppy days in our basement when
we weren't home and at night.  We also discovered
she had a viral infection of some type that made her
quite sick.  Almost from day one we had large vet
bills to contend with, but she did get better and
grew up to become a beautiful dog.  She adored her
family and loved and protected the kids.

Even though Dusty had the option, she decided she
wanted to be an "outside" dog.  We thought it might
be the long hair she had just made her too warm in
the house.  We didn't have air conditioning in our
home for the Summer season, and in the Winter we
had to keep it warmer for the kids.  We did take
Dusty inside when the weather was really bad, but
she was always happy to get out again in the morning.

Our yard was surrounded by a high fence.  Dusty
never tried to get out of the yard, but the fence
didn't keep "visitors" away.  We never did find out
who was visiting, but Dusty blessed us with 3
litters of puppies over the years we had her.  The
pups were always beautiful and we were always
fortunate to find good homes for them.  Spaying at
that time was still considered major surgery and I
was a little nervous about having it done, even after
my experiences with my first Ginger.  Looking back,
I probably should have had it done anyway, but the
kids still talk about Dusty's pretty pups that they
had a hand in raising, so I guess it was a lesson in
responsibility for them.

Dusty lived out her days with us and died quietly in
her sleep.  If reincarnation were possible, I believe
Dusty's spirit has returned to us in the body of
Dusty II (please see Dusty II's story in a future
webpage).  The resemblance of the two dogs is
amazing.  The only difference is that our current
Dusty is definitely a house dog unless we are
outside.  She wants to be wherever we are.
THIS IS OUR CURRENT
DUSTY.  THE RESEMBLANCE IS
ASTOUNDING
CLICK BELOW FOR SHADOW
AND BAMBI'S STORY
DUSTY, SHELLY, AND
BONNIE.  SEE BONNIE'S
STORY ON ANOTHER PAGE
SHELLY, DUSTY, AND
HER SECOND  LITTER
OF PUPPIES  
THIS IS ONE OF THE
ABOVE PUPS AFTER HE
GREW UP.  THEY
NAMED HIM
"JACKIE"  
DUSTY AND HER FIRST
LITTER OF PUPPIES
DUSTY AND SHELLY  
THIS IS DUSTY AS A PUP
ALONG WITH JEFF AND
SHELLY