Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

For I Was Hungry --- Revisited


As Christmas rushes towards us and we scramble to get everything 'done', it's easy to get caught up in the stress and the hustle and bustle. Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and refocus on what is truly important during this time of the year.

Over the past few Christmases I've had requests to re-post Boone's story.

For those of you who are new to the blog, Boone, my big French Mastiff was truly in a sorry mess and close to his end when I stumbled upon him. Since I can't figure out how to re-post short of changing the date, I decided to link to that post instead.

If you love dogs, if you need a moment to just sit back and rest and be reminded that miracles can happen, I would encourage you to read Boone's story...in part told from what I imagined his view point would be. I do want to warn you that there are some graphic pictures taken the day I first got him. I will also warn you that the story does have a happy ending! Click on the following links to read his story.

The Year Christmas Came Late--Boone's Story and for a short follow up to answer some questions generated by that post read here.

A few updates from the 'update'--Boone now weighs 130 lbs and gets to stay loose in the yard all the time. They (the dogs) still get to come in at night when I get home from work until bedtime. They rush in and.....sleep. I got Boone in January 2006---so it'll be five years here shortly since 'gotcha' day. I find this hard to believe. As Boone ages he struggles with arthritis and old injury issues, but on the whole he is still active and seems happy enough. He'd still be happier if he could be with me every second of the day.

Now off to finish wrapping presents and a little last minute baking!

17 comments:

Louise said...

Tammy, I haven't read that before. Bless you for stopping and for caring. I'm glad to know the story of Boone, even if it did make me cry in the beginning.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Sniff. I loved that story the first time around. Merry Christmas Boone! And Tammy :-).

Vicki Lane said...

I love Boone! And the header is the best!

Merry Christmas to my favorite crazy cat lady and all her critters!

Christine said...

Bless your heart.

Teresa aka JW said...

He wants to be with you because he's so devoted to you. He knows a good deal when he sees one.

I can't imagine sweet Boone not being a part of your life. I love his slobbery kisses, even if I scream a bit when I get one.

Michelle said...

I stopped by my friend's tonight to drop off Christmas presents, and called her Dogue "Boone"!

Merry Christmas to you and all the critters at Fairlight Farm, friend!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I love Boone's story and I love his color. Have a joyous season Tammy and all your critters.

I need orange said...

Boone's story makes me cry every time.

Thank goodness you found him and bless your heart for taking his big scary stinky sweet self in.

My Wilbur had been shot, too, a while before I got him.

THANK YOU for saving Boone, and for sharing his story with us.

AJ-OAKS said...

Love the new header pic of Boone.
It was so meant to be for him to find you and visa versa.
Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas.

RiverBend Farm said...

Thanks for revisiting Boone's story - I love reading about Boone. I wish I knew what goes through the minds of my "ditch dogs"..gotta love 'em cause they love ya soooo much!

Karen Anne said...

Merry Christmas, Boone.

Naqvee said...

i cant explain in words but ...

You are with Boone, you have no idea about it, but you have secured a very good position in Heaven in your this life.

Kathy said...

Thinking of you today, Tammy - as well as all your crew and wishing you all a very, very Merry Christmas!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

just read your blogs on inside beds!
constance had on and peed on it every night in her sleep!

Star said...

You deserve a medal for rescuing that dog. I'm sure he appreciates it.
All the luck in the world for 2011 to both of you and all your other animals!
Blessings Star

phylliso said...

I love Boone.I can`t read the story again,I can only meditate on how he found a wonderful angel in you,bless you,I believe things happen for a reason,you were meant to be with him & help him,as I know he has helped you also in his own way,happy new year,Tammy,phylliso

Nancy K. said...

I think Boone's story is truly an inspirational story of love, courage, unselfishness, compassion and the will to live. The two of you are my HEROS!

Wishing you many, many more years of love and companionship.