Denton the Dog

Tom, Kathy and Denton at the vet in Denton, TX. Right before his ride to his new home.
Tom, Kathy and Denton at the vet in Denton, TX, right before his first ride to new home.

 

Denton the Dog

Posted 10/21/13

On October 14, 2013, five months to the day we lost our beloved Chocolate Lab, Bubba, we rescued Denton from the Denton Animal Shelter, Denton, TX.  The staff at the shelter said he’d been there almost a month, played well with the other dogs and was friendly and outgoing, so they couldn’t understand why he kept getting overlooked.

Denton at his new home.
Denton at his new home.

Overlooked. That’s all I needed to hear. Plus the shelter was full, and his days were numbered. So I asked to see this dog the staff called Ranger, a stray that appears to be about three years old and we think is part Chocolate Lab, part Catahoula. Even before I saw him, I knew I would call him Denton, named after the town where he was rescued.

When I looked into his eyes, I saw a lost soul that needed a loving home. I told my husband, Tom, “He’s the one that Bubba sent me.”

 

Before leaving the house that day to visit the shelter, I stood in front of Bubba’s photo and asked him to send me another loyal friend, a dog that needed a family.

Cuddling with Bubba, the heartbeat of our home. He was 9 when he left us unexpectedly on May 14, 2013. My dad died five days later.
Cuddling with Bubba, the heartbeat of our home. He was 9 when he left us unexpectedly on May 14, 2013. My dad died five days later.

I touched Bubba’s collar and tags, ran my fingers over the cedar box that shelters his ashes, and asked for his blessing.

Denton came to us not knowing a single command, but he is a smart dog and he is learning to sit and stay. On Wednesday he gets his first bath.

Denton's new game: He takes his squeaky pumpkin to top of stairs, drops it, then chases after it as it rolls down stairs. Did this three times in a row on his sixth day in his new home.
Denton’s new game: He takes his squeaky pumpkin to top of stairs, drops it, then chases after it as it rolls down stairs. Did this three times in a row on his sixth day in his new home.

While he can never replace the huge spaces Bubba occupied in our home and hearts, Denton is already filling the void with doggie kisses, cute antics, and that rattle of tags that only comes from the sound of a happy dog.

Denton at the dining room window. He loves to watch the neighbor kids play across the street.
Denton at the dining room window. He loves to watch the neighbor kids play across the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Update 12/3/13:

We just got Denton’s DNA test results back from Wisdom Panel Insights. He is an American Staffordshire Terrier/Rottweiler Mix with shades of Catahoula Leopard Dog! Not one trace of Chocolate Lab in him like we originally thought. Our family vet also thinks Denton is between one and two years old, a little younger than originally thought. We will never know where Denton spent his days before a citizen brought him to the shelter. But here’s what we know: He is happy to have a home, a family who loves him, and chattering squirrels to chase.

From Lithograph "Motherly Secrets" by Thomas C. Rodgers. Used with permission.
From Lithograph “Motherly Secrets” by Thomas C. Rodgers. Used by permission.

 

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