Monday, December 7, 2020

The Dogs Of My Life ~ Post No.12 , Part 1 ~ Faith

Faith is a dog, yes, but she's also my best friend. Living here together during these unprecedented times, we've grown even closer. Faith sleeps on my bed, where she has her own blankie. She has several blankies, they are soft.

This is how I introduced her on my blog:

Hello, my name is Faith and I will be three months old on Monday, the 28th. This is how little I was when I first came here back in June. Looking at this picture, I think my legs have grown the most

First picture ~ 6/9/2014

Exploring the outside ~ 6/14/2014

My mommy's favorite picture of us playing. 6/14/2014

6/20/2014

I have learned SIT, DOWN, STAY, COME (but that COME I don't always obey, depends on how much fun I'm having, running around) and I learned my name: FAITH. 

Those were the early days. Faith's personality: I have to be first; I must have the ball; I am in charge here; and while cautious, I am totally unafraid; was there from the beginning. 

After spending the first night crying for what she lost, she was out there exploring, and challenging Samson, who must have looked huge to her, to run, play and stay away from the ball she found.


Faith: Hey, you! It's mine, I saw it first.


Samson Says: Yes, but I'm bigger than you. Faith: Try if you dare, you big old fluffmonster, you!

Faith's Story

Errol was diagnosed with liver cancer in May of 2014 and was treated at UCLA Medical Center. One day in June, he went to Tractor Supply to get some snake deterrent and came home with a six-week old puppy.

He was numb after the diagnosis, depressed, no doubt. He said, "she's life-affirming." Then he said, "She will take good care of you, she will be a great ranch dog for you." "For us," I said. And went to town to buy some puppy food, which of course he had not thought to get.

Sitting in the Jeep outside the store, I wondered what we should call her. Faith, seemed about right considering everything that lay ahead. When I got back home, Errol said,"I think we should name her Faith." 
Come on, Samson, I'm taking you for a walk! 7/20/14

After Errol died, Samson was terribly depressed. He was Errol's dog and their love was strong. Faith was a great distraction for both Samson and me and truly helped us both through our grief.



Part 2 will post tomorrow.








14 comments:

  1. Hi Inger - wonderful story ... and Faith has been so faithful and helpful for you - an excellent decision by Errol ... even if he forgot the puppy food! Wonderful pictures too ... gorgeous ... take care - and so pleased you're posting for us - Hilary

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  2. To choose that name, so fitting, and wonderful to see the puppy photos.Those memories will overshadow any sadness that creeps in.

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  3. i had totaly forgotten you got her as a puppy, seems like she has always been a big grown dog.. the pic of her sitting made me tear up because she looks just like Big Boy... you have many photos of her that she looks like Big... her personality you describe here is what Jake was like.. glad you are sharing her story, waiting for the rest.. she was meant to be Faith and turned into your guardian..

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  4. A very heart warming story. I remember when Faith came into your life and how little she was as compared to Samson. I could relate to the news of Errol's diagnosis as I know how hard the news of having stage 3 breast cancer hit me at the time. As a mother, I didn't know how I would break the news to my children.

    Faith has grown to be a good protector for you and Errol sure was caring for you and thinking of you being left without him to take care of you. He did the right thing by getting Faith for you. Such a giving gift she is.
    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

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  5. Salt and pepper! I love the way you described Faith’s personality. I am new to your blog and I’m so sorry you lost your husband. Pets can be a comfort and I’m glad you have these two sweethearts to share your days.

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  6. The timing of Faith was so fortunate. She gave you what Errol wanted her to. I remember her as a pup and now she is your faithful companion. Such a blessing to both you and Samson.

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  7. Hello,
    What a touching story. I am glad the cute pup Faith, came into your lives. I am sorry you lost your husband, having both Samson and Faith does give you some comfort. It is said owning a dog can actually make you healthier and happy. Thanks for visiting! Have a great new week!

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  8. It's a bittersweet story. Your loss of Errol and your companion now who sleeps with you and keeps you company. She was such a cute puppy!

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  9. What a wonderful story, and I can't wait to read the rest. Faith is a bold dog, not scared of anything! So she sure HAS faith!

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  10. A perfect name for Faith. She was so small and adorable. I'm glad she is a comfort to you.

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  11. How sweet that Faith is helping both you and Samson. Errol was wise to pick out Faith for you. When the two dogs play together it looks like a rabbit playing with an elephant, size wise. Very funny. You know my Bounce helped me get through similar hard times.

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  12. ohmygosh. laughter that made its way through my tears. Fluffmonster! LOL.
    what a brave and wonderful little companion warrior.
    she lives up to her name every single day.
    and that Errol brought her home to you. that alone is the treasure that she is. XO

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  13. A heart warming story, thank you for sharing it here.
    Off to read part two ...

    All the best Jan

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  14. What a sweet sweet story. I am so glad that she is your best friend. She is amazing and so are you - so you belong together!

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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