Monday, 28 October 2013 20:15
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Teal'c came to us direct from the police, he was in the process of going back to the breeder as he was not aggressive enough for their needs. His proud, confident laid back manner was no good to the police but great for us as we received a well-trained and balanced dog. So in a way he was rescued from a life of sitting in the back of a squad car! Personally I don't think he failed his police training, I think he figured out what early retirement was and took it... A loyal guard dog to our mum who takes our dogs during the day whilst we work, he would always watch out for her out walking even when he was young by manoeuvring himself between her and any passers-by.

In his time we have had two dogs come live with us from the rescue, we like to think we did our bit to make them happy but the truth is Teal'c did most of the work by just being there. First up was Ellie, Ellie was scatty and timid when she came to us. It took Teal'c and Ellie a wee while in the house to get accustomed to each other but in the end they lived happily together. Teal'c taught Ellie how to go up and down the stairs, swim, chase the ball in the park (he stood on it until it squeaked then she would find it). He would also always keep an eye on her out walking with the ball, she would drop it and he would then go stand by it till she came back for it. Ellie never liked other dogs and would walk in a big circle to avoid any dog, big or small (this normally meant dogs would then follow her for a sniff) Teal'c would then fire into life a go stand between her and the other dog and his size alone usually sent them on their way. A few times she got really scared and she would go stand behind him and in truth he loved it.

Next up we took Hollie from the rescue and Hollie being a lot more confident and forth coming was a good change of pace for Teal'c in the house, but once he established who the boss was they got on great. Unfortunately Teal'c went 4 weeks after Hollie's arrival so they did not spend a huge amount of time together. That said his calm nature we believe rubbed off on Hollie because in a short period of time she settled very fast in our house. As he struggled in the end with ill health she repaid the compliment by licking his face at every opportunity and generally fretting after him.

Teal'c was our first Shepherd we had for 11 years, through summer and winter, from our flat to our new house, from camping to various holidays, and too many walks and fun to remember, he was a constant in our life that is now gone. A truly irreplaceable family member and friend.

We feel we may never get over Tealc's passing but to us this is testament to he breed and why we will always have German Shepherds (good news for the rescue!). Tealc's going away has left us devastated but with more good memories than I can remember, as my wife always called him 'ya big dope' or 'ya big dafty' we miss you more than words can say.

No regrets just good memories. Our thoughts are with you always.

Gordon, Mags & Hollie

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Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


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