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Introducing Renn, a red tri female Aussie that is very special to us. She replaced JJ, a blue merle female Aussie that was killed in a severe auto accident about 3.5 years ago. Renn filled a big empty space in our lives and helped us heal, especially Mrs, Jim.


Dallie is a red merle female Aussie. She is a rescue dog. She was lost in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and came to live with us on Thanksgiving Day, 2009. We did finally talk with her owner, but he said that it seemed to him that she had a good home where she was. She is wound up and ready to go wide open at a second's notice, as opposed to Renn who is a big cuddle bug.



Finally, I cannot leave out Ginger, our golden retreiver. She passed away last December, one week before Christmas, and about 7 weeks after my mom. Her health deteriorated rapidly the last 6 months she lived, but she fought to stay alive. She loved my mom and, with the Aussies, looked forward to our daily visits to the nursing home. We miss her and catch ourselves still calling her just as JJ on occasion. Ginger and Mom loved taking walks on the beach. I believe now they are spending lots of time doing just that.
 

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Beyond one's own family (blood relation or not) there is no bond like one of a Canine, and I have to say I have known of some "family" member's that sometimes I would take any Canine over for company. Those are three beautiful and well-loved looking dogs, and very sorry to hear about Ginger. The hardest part of joining our lives with these companions is one day having to part ways - but the life that we share with them while we can is what makes everything worth it. It's very apparent in looking at them that there are very loved and loving companions that are mutually well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing, Jim. Make sure to give the Aussies some pets for me. :)
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone. They are very special to us and our family would not be complete without them. Brandon, I agree with you about dogs and people. I'd much rather be with my dogs than many of the people I have met .
 

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Jim, you have good taste in canine friends. :D
Aussies will do their best to out think you when there is something they want.
They are smarter than some people I know seem to be. ;)
I don't remember you telling us that Ginger had passed away, sorry for your loss.
 

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Beautiful pictures Jim...and yes they are family!
 
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