Sunday, May 8, 2016

gettin' lucky








Thirty miles from town and another handful of miles down wild pony road, we were hoping to see some of the wild horses we've come to know. There were no horses to be found but Mr Sage saw a coyote. It paced back and forth, came closer to the road, and stalked something in the arroyo.

It was then that we saw the small, spotted dog in the arroyo. Mr Sage jumped out of the truck and held the coyote at bay. I called the dog to me and it came, shyly and slowly....yet willingly, it came closer.

It was then that we discovered it was....holy heck....a puppy! A dirty little puppy, covered with ticks.  We put the poor thing in the truck and talked about taking her to the shelter in the small Colorado town where we were staying. We had saved her from a certain death, either by coyote or starvation. The shelter would clean her up and adopt her out. She would have a chance at a good life with a family that loved her.

But by the time we turned onto the paved road, we had fallen in love. That night I pulled ticks from her little body, (Mr Sage stopped counting at 100 ticks), and she had her first bath. The little sweetheart cleaned up well. She fell asleep on a towel under the nightstand.

We knew how things happened out there in the badlands. She wasn't our first rez dog.

I wonder if it was meant to be....that we would find a puppy on a desolate dirt road on the Navajo reservation, thirty miles from town, on a cold and windy day. But that's how it happened, and that's how we got Lucky.






20 comments:

  1. Oh yes! It must have been fate:-) What a great story. You are all very lucky!
    Thank you for the link to Pinto's story. Had no idea. Funny how you came upon both of them. Little fur babies sent your way. You guys are pretty awesome!

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    1. If we're not careful. Mr Sage and I just might start our own rez dog rescue!
      Seriously, they are the best, most loving, loyal, and all around amazing dogs. We weren't exactly looking to adopt another dog, but if it was going to happen, this was the way I would want it to happen.

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  2. Oh...and I want to tickle that little speckled belly!!

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  3. that fat little spotted belly....so sweet.
    there's nothing better than rescuing a forever-friend....

    [(~love)]

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    1. She sure is a forever friend. Such a good little pup. We love her.
      x

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  4. Bless you Mrs. and Mr. Sage!! Oh my - Lucky is so cute and indeed she was given a saving chance from…… I shudder.
    I'm so happy that she found a loving home with you guys! Can't wait to see her thrive further. Bless all your pups!
    xo!!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! She's growing like a weed these days! I'm just thankful we were able to save her and give her a chance at a good life.
      xx

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  5. Just the sweetest, dearest story of one more Rez pup.
    I know, how could you resist! Look at the little darling!
    I thought it was interesting about the coyote encounter at the same time. Now, I wonder, every time you drive wild pony road, whatcha gonna find?! You and Mr Sage just might not have a choice in starting your rescue sanctuary!
    Whatever will be will be!
    : )

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    1. We do have a thing for rez dogs! And every time I think about the coyote-how close it was to her- I kind of freak out a little bit. (But I think we have enough rez dogs for now!)
      xx

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  6. I LOVE that picture of the puppy belly :) makes me want to tickle it!! And I most definitely to think it was meant to be...

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    1. Yes, it was absolutely meant to be. That little pup brought alot of joy into our home.

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  7. Awww!!! Puppy's belly!!! Love, water, meals, treats and love!! :)

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    1. Lots of love! Lots of puppy belly rubs too! :)

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  8. That puppy belly is the cutest thing EVER!!! I have to admit, I'm a bit confused though. Is this a new pup? I looked at older posts to compare the photos of your other dog whose name I can't remember for the life of me. And I only see your one dog with the puppy in your photo.

    Signed,

    Clueless in NY : )

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    1. Dear Clueless in NY,
      This is definitely a new puppy. We've had her for two weeks now. Durango (the lab) and Pinto (the heeler/first rez dog) are still here but try as I might, I cannot get a photo with all three of them together and sitting still.
      None the less, we are a three dog family now!

      Signed,

      Mr Sage
      Mrs Sage
      Durango
      Pinto
      Lucky (the new pup with the adorable belly)

      :)
      xoxo

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  9. oh, lucky little Lucky!! she is a sweet speckled-belly little thing, isn't she?! i used to use the term 'coincidence', but i don't any more. some things are meant to happen, and we show up when called to do so. i believe that coyote was flagging you down. Lucky can't be very old, and if she came to you she has a trusting heart and a love that will only grow wider and deeper every day! i am so happy for all of you Lucky ducks!!
    xoxo

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    1. You may be right....the coyote WAS flagging us down! It's beyond coincidence, the way things happened. Of all the days we could have driven down that road....this particular day was meant for something more than taking photos.
      We brought home a puppy!
      The vet thinks she's about 10 weeks old. Such a sweet, tiny thing. We are lucky indeed!
      xx

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  10. Holy wow! An incredible story. Lucky is very lucky indeed!

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    1. She's our little Lucky alright. And we were so lucky to find her!

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