Meet Gunner and Patty

November 15th, 2010

After losing our beloved Katie on July 28 we knew that nothing could replace her and we weren’t trying to. But at the same time we knew we couldn’t walk into an empty house. To honor her memory, we decided to adopt two dogs from rescue shelters. We didn’t plan to get them at the same time but as it turned out, they both came to live with us on September 5. The two formed an instant friendship and get along great!

Gunner Blue Lytle

Gunner Blue Lytle

Gunner's Adoption Photo

Gunner, a 2 year old Fox Terrier mix, came to us from Last Hope Animal Rescue in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   He was born just three weeks after the Great Flood of 2008. He may have entered the system around then. In April of 2010 he was surrendered to Animal Control, a kill facility.  He wasn’t adopted and his time ran out. He was to be euthanized.  Last Hope swooped in and rescued him. He was placed in a foster home and that’s where we found him. After meeting him in his temporary home, it was clear to us that he would make a great addition to our family. We applied and were accepted. We didn’t change his name as he was used to it and, well, we liked it!  We don’t know his whole story and, although we don’t think he was mistreated, he was probably neglected. He doesn’t seem to know how to play and he limits cuddling to a few moments.   However, he obviously likes people as he is my little shadow, never being more than a few inches from me.  We’re helping him to come out of his shell by giving him space, lots of love, praise and patiently waiting for him to make the first move. Kisses are one way right now, but that will change.

Patty Kate Lytle

Patty's Adoption Photo

Patty's Adoption Photo

Patty was 8 weeks old when we adopted her. She came to us from the Waverly Pet Rescue. Her foster home was in Wellsburg, Iowa. After seeing her picture on line and reading her story, we knew we had to meet her. We made the hour and a half drive on a Sunday morning and after spending only a few minutes with her, we knew she was meant to live with us. Her ad said she was a Beagle mix and we accepted that. Her foster father then informed us that her dad might have been a German Shepherd. We wanted a small to medium dog but, well, that’s probably not going to happen. At 8 weeks she was already 14 pounds. At 4 months now, she weighs almost 30! The foster home was also sheltering her mother and siblings. It turns out that the agency seized the mother, Dixie, from a farm where she was chained outside. When they got her to the vet it was discovered that she was pregnant.

Patty's Mom, Dixie

Patty's Birth Mother, Dixie

She delivered four healthy pups. One of Patty’s brothers hadn’t been adopted yet.

Patty's Brother, Mongo

Patty's Brother, Mongo

We were told that Patty was the runt. I’d hate to see how the other pups turned out….  The foster home had named her Morgan but when we saw that face, all we could see was Patty.   She learned her name in a matter of days.

Here’s some of my favorite photos of them:

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2 Responses to “Meet Gunner and Patty”

  1. Donna says:

    OMG on several things!

    1) The dogs are adorable, such cuties and just perfectly fitting in.
    2) Great pics of your fur babies! (and the hubby!)
    2) You finally surfaced on the internet!
    3) You indeed have decorated for Christmas!

    and last, but not least:

    4) Thank you so much for the comments left on my blog. I thought you had deserted me forever! Kidding, although I am really glad you came up for air from puppy training!

  2. Donna says:

    Ooops, my brain has turned to mush… I can no longer count!

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