T.J.'s Talent Show
And I thought I had a big mouth!
This photo is from Adrienne, who mentioned T.J.'s ball talent in a previous post. Well, here's the proof! You all know how Peanut loves his balls and carries them around, and I've seen him attempt to get two in his mouth, but he couldn't quite figure it out. T.J. was obviously a master magician!
If Adrienne had T.J. on tape putting the balls in his mouth, she'd win the grand prize on America's Funniest Pets! Do you have a pet with a special talent or trick?
Adrienne says of T.J.: "“The other day on the blog I mentioned that I had had a dog that could hold 5 tennis balls in his mouth at one time. Well I'm sending in the picture of him. You can only see 4 of the balls, but he had another behind the two front ones. T.J. was my first real pet that I got to raise from a puppy and was registered in my name only. My mom had his parents and because I did such a good job helping her with the litter of puppies, she let me keep one. I was so excited to have my first puppy.
“I picked out the biggest male in a litter of 10. He ended up being 75 lbs and taller and longer than a normal Golden. He loved his tennis balls. As long as you were willing to throw the ball, he wanted to chase it. We usually wore out before he did. There was a field near our house and we would drive to the back of it and let him out of the truck. We would turn around and drive back down and he would chase us. We clocked him at 45 Mph once.
“I showed him in 4-H in high school for obedience, but we didn't do very good. He ran out of the ring to my mom in the stands. It got a big laugh, and I am convinced today that was the only reason they even bothered to give me a ribbon at all.
“He only lived to the age of 8 because of lymphoma. The day we had to put him down the vet came to the house, and he had his tennis ball and his stuffed bear with him. I still miss him and think about him often, especially now that Hubby wants to get a Goldie. He taught me so much in his short time about how to love and what it's like to be loved unconditionally.
“I have a small rubber dog with a picture-frame head[with T.J.’s picture] that’s mounted to the dash in my car. It reminds me every day how lucky I have been.”
While our memories of our past pets are often sad because we miss them, remembering their uniqueness also reminds us, as Adrienne said, how truly lucky we were to have had the pleasure of their company, if only for a short while.
posted by Sandy at 4/29/2007 08:48:00 AM