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Old 12-23-2012, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For 9 1/2 years, I've had a shadow. Not like the normal dog person who says "my dog follows me everywhere" You see, I have a German Shepherd Dog. Since 8 weeks old, everywhere I go there is the pitter patter of little feet. If he can't follow me, he is waiting at the door for me to come out.
At 6 months old, Rayden earned his freedom at night. That first night I woke up to the sound of footsteps. Front door, back door, youngest daughter's bedroom, up the stairs to the eldest, back to my bedroom. Our lab would look at him like he was crazy.
So it went for 5 years until Freya came home. She never patrolled the house, that was Rayden's job. Front door, back door, both the kids, back to my side of the bed. If the neighbor's were being noisy across the street, he stayed in the hallway between the bedrooms - watching the front door.
Freya left us and eventually Singe came. Annoying little puppy; Rayden used to pick Singe up by the head and carry him to me and drop him on the floor at my feet when he got tired of the puppy antics.
And still every night, front door, back door, both the kids, back to my side of the bed.

When Singe earned his freedom at night, you could never guess where you might find him sleeping. And Rayden always at my side of the bed unless it was time for the patrol.
Front door, back door, both the kids, back to bed.

About 8 months ago I woke up suddenly. I listened and couldn't figure out what was different. Then a couple nights later it hit me. 2 sets of feet. Front door, back door, both the kids, back to bed. Singe started sleeping in the hallway. Every morning, he was there between the 2 bedrooms watching the door. This went on for a couple weeks, then Rayden continued his patrols alone.

For the last couple months, the patrols have been sporadic and finally stopped completely. Every noise was still investigated but there was no nightly walk. Rayden doesn't come to the bedroom anymore. He's more comfortable sleeping on the cool tiles by the front door. Singe still sleeping in the hallway.

A week ago, I stepped on a dog when I got out of bed. It was Singe. Everywhere I go, he is my shadow now. Every move I make, he jumps up to follow me. If he doesn't, Rayden gives him a nudge.

Last night I woke up. I could hear the jangle of Singe's tags through the house. Front door, back door, both the kids, back to my side of the bed.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This made me cry, what a good faithful dog you have, he wants to make sure your family is always safe. Hug him for me..
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My gosh. Amazing are GSDs. Mine is 10 now and patrols this house at around eight and then expects a biccie...!
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I love dogs. The role they play in our lives is so hard to explain. They are almost like having guardian angles in your life.
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The changing of the guard. We are so blessed by these dogs.I watched Lucky become the sentry outside while Daisy watched form the deck and joined him when she deemed it necessary. Rayden is still there as back up but has earned his nights rest. Rayden ,you trained Singe well.
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Crying here. Wish I could give you a hug.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Such a beautiful story... I hope to have a dog as amazing as your Rayden sounds...


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At least you picked up on rayden. I did not notice this when Taz was getting Ill. Now that I think back He did and now I know why Ginger started to protect the house and Bark when she would never do before. This is a real nice write up about as "Daisey and Lucky's mom said" The changing of the guard. I hope you have many more years with Rayden. He sounds like the perfect Guardian Angel....
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I shed a few tears when I read this...what a blessing dogs are. He is making sure the family is taken care of, how can one not appreciate a GSD??
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I know we don't have forever but i'm holding onto every day. Yesterday Rayden fell getting off the porch andmost mornings he can't stand up without help. Dr Sarah says as long as he is happy, it isn't time.
The goats milk helps; he's back up to 77 lb now.
Looking at his face you would never think that he is sick. His body just isn't holding out. The tumor is blocking the lymph system to his leg entirely so the swelling is worse. He's still eager to go and play; he just needs someone close when he falls.
The last 2 days, when he falls, he waits for us to help him up instead of trying on his own. He seems patient with it though, not disturbed or frustrated.
Just that small part of me watching this"changing of the guard"keeps whispering "wrong dog"
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