Saturday 21 November 2009

Marley & me? Not even close...



It's a long story and it started six months ago with a question. Did Sean pick Koke, or did Koke pick Sean? We prepared for Koke getting him a box, dog licence. food etc. We dug up one of the grass plants my mum gave me as a wedding gift... and placed chicken wire all around the front garden so he wouldn't escape. The big day came and all the neighbouring children were waiting with great anticipation for the new arrival. A new born baby wouldn't have caused such interest! He was a big hit, especially with the boys.. ..and we introduced him to our neighbours dog. He made himself at home and became a part of our family very quickly. We have had some fun times... and some interesting times...We grew to love him...And he grew... and grew... and grew... and grew... ... and grew... and he grew.
(this is him with his sister) Circumstances changed. Niall ended up in hospital and he hasn't been able to walk Koke much since then... and Koke learned how to jump over the front gate and into a street full of children... We were faced with the choice of giving him up or changing the back garden for him. So we cancelled plans for our family holiday to Italy...and decked the garden. Koke developed a love for chewing and chewed everything. He devoured plastic bottles, wood, toys and my plants. Some of which went from this... .. to this... And my apple trees went from this... ...to this... Hard to believe this was an apple tree. He started barking at the many birds that fly around the area where we live. Last Sunday a neighbour texted us while we were at the Church service because he was barking so much. He started to bark very early in the morning waking us all up. The last straw came when he growled and barked at Sean during the week... He is as big as Sean now and it scared him.
Very sad.
We gave him up yesterday.

However, while driving home from the dog pound Niall and Sean were listening to the radio. The English Ambassador to Ireland was being interviewed and he said that he was visiting different pounds looking for a dog to go hill walking with him. Immediately, Niall texted in to say where Koke was. Even if he doesn't pick Koke, the thought of it cheered Sean and Niall up. Regardless of who gets him, we hope he will go to a good home. I sent a letter with Koke giving lots of information about the dog to his new owners.. along with a Christian tract:o)

So, the moral to this story is...
When you see this... and think of this... be wise and pick this...
http://smalldogarific.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/dogcar.jpg

9 comments:

Heather L. said...

What a great, sad, sweet, adorable, funny post all in one. I'm sorry you had to give up Koke, but I think I'd have done the very same thing. I hope Sean is doing okay.

ruth said...

I am so sad for you. It must have been so hard to give him up... he is a beautiful dog. Big dogs need room to run, though, and lots of walks and games.

Did you get a new dog? The little dog in the last photo looks like our dogs when they were little. They are a Maltese/Shih-tzu mix; you can see what they look like if you do a google image search for "maltzu". I love, love love my dogs. The second one was more destructive than the first, although he hasn't destroyed anything for quite a long time; mostly he scratched woodwork and chewed shoes. The older one never destroyed anything and trained in about two weeks. He is fastidious. These dogs are darling, smart, affectionate and they do not shed. The only "drawback" is the dog grooming that they require.. a haircut every 7-8 weeks, and that's not exactly cheap.

Anyway, I hope you can get a new puppy to replace the dog you lost, and I hope it will be a good fit for your home and family.

Annie Blake said...

Awwww what a lovely post. Dylan & I are sad it didn't work out with Koke, I hope he finds a loving family.

Maybe you could get a cat?

Ruth MacC said...

So far, so good. We all miss hIm though. Niall the most.

Ruth MacC said...

So far, so good. We all miss hIm though. Niall the most.

Ruth MacC said...

Thanks Ruth. No, we haven't a new dog. Not sure about that. My friend has a little dog like the one in the photo at the end of the post. She offered fo give us a pup from her own dog. It's early days yet though.

Ruth MacC said...

Can't Annie, not with Sean's asthma:0(

Ruth MacC said...

Annie, I read your comment but I think I wiped it out by accident. How are our hamsters? One down, one to go...

Cassandra said...

Awww... Such a funny and sad post wall at the same time. Sorry you had to give Koke up but I'm glad you had such a good time with him while it lasted. He's a gorgeous dog.