I had no plans to get another dog when Ty came along.
My neighbor’s dog had just had puppies. She was a very sweet tempered Chocolate Lab that sort of had the run of the neighborhood. The puppies and Mama were out in an open garage. When the puppies got old enough, they started to come across the road to visit. now my 4 girls loved that , but I knew the dangers even though it was a back road. ( this was the road that TY would later be hit on) I told them not to feed them at our house. We began to return them when they came over, but inevitably, they wound up back at our house. In my pictures somewhere, I have a picture of the entire litter on my daughter’s lap. Still looking for that picture. Ty was the only male in the litter and my husband began to hint that he might want him. I said, “no, one dog and 2 cats and 4 kids is enough.” I am not sure that I argued for long. I eventually took the $150 down and told the owner that I wanted the male for my husband’s Birthday. This, in hindsight, is some of the best money I have ever spent. He would later prove to be the most expensive dog I have owned thus far, but he was worth his weight and more in gold. For the longest time, we had “your dog” and “my dog”. Not sure exactly when they both became mine, but at some point I became tremendously attached to this big gangly guy. His name started out as TYRAN….shortened to TY and eventually TY GUY. WE helped find homes for the remaining puppies and I have actually seen his one sister about a month ago. She is almost as sweet as he was. Almost! He was big, he chewed everything and his tail was crazy! He jumped, he licked and he dug. In short he was a typical Lab puppy. I remember saying one day to someone,” He is 4 now. Someone told me they settle down at 4.” Suddenly, he was 8. Where did that 4 years go? Why did I want him to settle? His activity and big personality are what I miss so much now. I miss stepping over his big body when I am making dinner. He always had to be in the same room as I was. Had I known what the future would bring, the training , the accident and eventually the cancer, would I have carried that money across the road to buy him…….IN A HEARTBEAT!!!! Love and miss my TY GUY!