Meet Vienna, 9 month old GSD / Border Collie (I think). Doesn't matter what mix she is because she is my "Baby Gurl". I rescued her from a foster home that wasn't taking care of her. She was disgusting! Ratty knotted hair that was covered in mud, feces, and fleas. After many hours of bathing, brushing, and some help from some FrontLine, She's beautiful. She's learning so quickly too! Incredibly smart dog and I love her!
Here she is at day 2 with me:
Sad and adjusting to her new environment. Even though her previous caretakers were not properly caring for her, she still missed them.
Day 5 | After fun-filled trip to the dog park, she napped the whole afternoon.
Day 10 | Took her to a car show and she sat with me and admired all of the nice cars! She looks so much happier now :-)
Vienna is my 3rd GSD mix.
My first was Ruby when I was just a kid. A gorgeous German Shepherd Collie mix. Our family had Ruby till she was 6 and she got hit by car when our neighbor kid left the gate to our backyard open after retrieving his ball. She had a litter of puppies before she passed, and to this day, I can go see her Great Grand Pups. They all still look just like her.
My last GSD mix was Bear. An incredible GSD/Lab mix. I can still remember bringing him hoe with us from the pound. I left for U.S. Navy bootcamp in 2003 and shortly after graduating and arriving at my training school, I got a call from my sister crying on the phone telling me that My Bear had lost his battle to Cancer. A cancer that I never knew he had. He died under my parents Christmas Tree where he loved to lay every year 1 day before I was to come home for leave. I never got to say my goodbyes, tell him he was a good boy again, or tell him I loved him that one last time.
It has taken me 11 years (a very hard 11 years) to build up the courage to love another dog. Vienna has made it so easy. She love me so much and I love her. As a combat veteran, I find it amazing how much a dog can calm the mind and heal the soul.
As a military photographer, it will be in my nature to take tons of photos of my Vienna, and I'll be sure to post them up here. For now, I need to vacate the room as she just farted under my desk. lol