Saturday, December 4, 2010
Our dogs came as a matched set in July of 2006. They showed up in our neighbor's yard while we were out of town on a trip to Nashville. We had just found out we were pregnant with Riley and were high on life. The day after we got home I noticed the two puppies. I asked my neighbor and he said they just showed up. They were licking the grass so he gave them water and some cat food he had, but he did not want them. I couldn't help but pet them and play with them a bit. They both had fat bellies but were tiny everywhere else. 2 days later Josh had a day off and he fell in love with them. I wasn't sure I wanted 2 dogs with a baby on the way but we couldn't separate them!
After asking around and finding no one to claim the dogs, we took them to the vet and they were ours. After much discussion I came up with Denver and Bronco as their names. They were rambunctious and destructive but they were also beyond cute and sweet. They feared Trouble from day one and Trouble made sure that feeling stayed with them. But Denver was always a bit more daring and wanted to be friends with Trouble. They had a brotherly relationship in which they play fought. So cute.
They came with us when we moved to Jackson and had to live in the backyard for 6 months because I had a new born and they were always filthy! One of the big considerations when we were looking for a house to buy was that it had to have a huge backyard so the dogs could run and play.
Denver was always the home body. He wanted to be inside and in comfort. Bronco would taunt him to get him outside to play.
A few weeks ago, Denver started hacking so we shooed him outside. I checked on him before bed and he was laying down at the bottom of the yard and wouldn't come in. We have no idea what happened but when Josh went out an hour later, Denver had passed. We miss him everyday. Bronco had a hard time at the beginning but he's doing better now. He's eating more finally. Denver was the alpha of the two and didn't allow Bronco free access to their food. He's staying inside more but that's ok with me. We get to give him a lot of love and he's opening up more.
It will never be the same without Denver but we're glad to still have Bronco with us. We love you, Denver.
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