Friday, March 4, 2011

Meet Duke

Yesterday I told Murphy's story, so today I felt it was only fair to share Duke's story. 

Here he is.  My big handsome fella. 

After Kent and I got Murphy, we thought he could use a friend.  Kent loves Murphy, but with his super active lifestyle, Murph can't always keep up.  We thought next time we would go for a big dog.  My dad has a super awesome German Shepherd named Jett, and we love him so much that we thought we would try to find a German Shepherd.

Since Shepherds can have so many health problems (and because I didn't want to support any potential puppy mills on the island), I decided to contact my old boss at the kennel, who also breeds German Shepherds.  He said he didn't have any puppies available, but he had a great 3 year old who had been returned when his owner passed away.  Duke had been owned by an elderly man who had a big farm.  It broke my heart to think about what the poor dog was going through.  One minute he was riding in the back of a truck feeling the wind in his face with his favorite person, and the next his owner was no longer there, the family didn't want him, and he found himself in a kennel waiting on a new home.  We immediately said we would take him.

It was then that we had to begin the months long process of getting a dog to Hawaii.  Because the island is rabies free, they have a crazy long procedure for importing animals-- shots and blood tests with a specific time-line.  Instead of having Duke come out and stay in quarantine here (the quarantine place is not where you want your dogs to be), we had him stay with my family through the process.  He got to stay with his half brother Jett, a Blue Heeler named Lacey, a chihuahua named ChaChi, and a little mix named Shelby.  I'm pretty sure he loved it.

Here's a photo of Duke and his half brother Jett

Kent and I finally got to meet Duke face to face in December when we went home for Christmas.  We instantly fell in love with our new 80 lb lap dog!

(This isn't the greatest pic because it's from a phone, but you get the idea.)

In January, after one delay because of a snow storm, Duke finally flew out to Hawaii.  We were so excited and so happy to have him meet his little fur brother.  Duke was exhausted after his flight, but was really sweet with Murphy.

Now that a couple months have gone by, Duke is nice and settled in.  I feel so good knowing he is here with me when Kent is away.  Murphy might be good company, but as far as a guard dog, he's no use.  He would welcome any intruder with one of his happy smiles and lead the way to the "good stuff."  Duke, on the other hand, barks at an unusual noise, and always lets me know when someone comes up.  Not to mention he is a tiny bit intimidating to look at.  (And he does all of that while being a great big cuddle buddy to me.  I couldn't ask for more.)

And that's pretty much the story of my big handsome Mr. Duke.

On another note entirely, I've been working on a new painting of a beagle named Nelly.  I'm about halfway finished, so look for a new post with her picture very soon.

Happy Friday!


  1. You are so incredibly talented!! Love your new blog. Great look and stories.


  2. Thanks Mrs. Julie! That means so much coming from you!

  3. Lindsay!!! So glad you visited me! I find my photos from everywhere. Antique stores, friends, online... You just have to take the time to look and let your friends know that you love them so they will send them to you. Now off to look at your blog! Have an awesome and sweet day!

  4. Lindsay, Just read your blog and said oh my goodness this is Lindsay! The laugh is on me. Welcome to the blogging world, great place to let people know what is going on and share your ideas and thoughts! Your paintings are wonderful and I didn't know that you had a degree in art. I wanted to go to art school when I graduated, but the parents said no.. So now I am an artist!
    Can't wait to keep up with you!

  5. Mrs. Yvette, Thanks for reading! I'm just getting this thing started, and so far, I'm really excited about it. I was super nervous as first because I always have this fear that I'm not a "real" artist. Everyone is being really kind, thus far, though, so it's encouraging. I didn't get my degree in art until my Master's. My undergrad is in English because everyone told me that was the most practical since I wanted to teach, but even as I was doing the English thing (which I do love and appreciate), my heart was with the art world. My senior year of college, I freaked out and decided I didn't want to teach English and asked the Art Department at my school if they would take me. They said yes, and I got my degree in Art Education. I had two potential jobs back home before I left, but here it's just not going to happen. Anyway... I totally feel you on the deciding to be an artist later! :)

  6. I completely understand how you feel safer with Duke around. Same thing with our old German not matter how much of a sweet heart and lap dog we knew him to be anything out of the ordinary he would jump to investigate and protect us if necessary. I can't tell you how many people were 'scared' of him because of the solid black look. I can't wait to get another German. The breed just stole my heart.

  7. Being the animal lover that I am I always love to read an adopotion story that works out <3


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