It was 8 years ago this month when Trixie came into our life. We’d had Gus for about 6 months and he had quite a few issues with having been a stud at a puppy mill for his five years previous. He had lived in a cage for most of that time from what we know and he really didn’t know how to be a dog. He had issues going in and out of doors. He was constantly spooked by noises and items not in their place. If a trash can was moved to a slightly different position he would go way out of his way to get around it if he would do it at all.
Gus got along well with other dogs but was leery of people. You had to approach him slowly and be very patient with him. His tail rarely wagged and would be tucked under his cute little butt most of the time.
I had seen a photo of a dog that had been picked up as a stray in a neighboring town and brought to my local shelter and was in danger of being put down because no one had wanted her. I decided to go to the shelter and first saw this hyper little girl who would soon be known as Trixie. She couldn’t calm down as was so excited to be out of the pen at the shelter. She took to me almost immediately. The gal that ran the shelter was very nice and said I could get Trixie for free if I promised to get her shots and have her fixed. I was worried that she wouldn’t get along with Gus and was hoping I wouldn’t have to bring her back to what might be her final days.
It was an excellent move on my part. She’s my constant companion following me everywhere I go as long as I let her. She has also been instrumental in teaching Gus how to be a dog. His tail wags when we come home now, though I’m not always sure he knows why. Gus follows Trixie around and has finally been using the doggy door on his own whenever he wants or needs to go outside. Gus is going deaf and in some ways, that’s a good thing because it’s less likely something will startle him. He still has no interest in dog toys or balls like Trixie or other dogs. He’ll never be “normal” but he’s come a long, long way. And much of that is thanks to Trixie.
Gus will be 14 this summer and Trixie is about 10 or 11 years old.