Here is our son Mark with Marshall on the day he came to live with us
March 31, 2001 They both look so young!
The puppy had been named Hobo by the pound puppy people because he was found wandering on a country road. The kids decided to name him Marshall after Marshall amplifiers ~ if you don't look at musicians and their amps you may not know what a Marshall is :-)
So, Marshall comes in the front door all puppy excited, fluffy white fur everywhere except his back and tail. He's part Husky, part Lab and/or Shepherd. It's the Husky part that's cute with his curly tail however, since they are a 'cold weather' dog, they have lots of extra fur to keep them warm. Fur that seems comes out everytime he moves. Fur that needs to have a major shed at least twice a year!! I could have knit several sweaters from his 'sheds' by now!
First thing I said was "He's not allowed upstairs! Take him down stairs. He can sleep in the unfinished part of the basement". We all go down to the family room where Marshall jumps up on the couch and pees!! Yup. Just marking his territory. He was just a bit excited about meeting his new humans and maybe afraid they wouldn't like him and would send him packing on the road again.
Santa Marshall 2006
One day in Feb., 3 years ago, Mark decided Marshall should have a playmate so he adopted another dog. This sweetie is a border collie/black Lab cross which he named Buckley (not sure if it's after the cough syrup). Needless to say, Marshall, like any
Marshall and baby Buckley March 2007
Now that both dogs have matured they get along very well and it is great that our son lives nearby so he can dogsit when we want to go away for a day or a week or longer!
Marshall loves the snow, carrots, treats, howling like a coyote, chasing squirrels, long walks and humans. He's very smart and can sit pretty, shake both paws, give high fives, roll over and speak. Yes, he's very vocal and can almost say carrots :-D Really!
Dec. 2009 Jennifer photographing Marshall.
January 2010 - digging in the snow
December 1, 2010 Buckley's 3rd birthday.
January 2010 ~ Me and Marshall - we did get for a walk in the snow on a very
nice day :-)
That's the story of Marshall. He's a 10 year old - which is 70 in human years -
so is in the senior category now. I don't know how long we'll have him,
but I won't go there...not yet. He has an eye disease that will eventually lead
to blindness but he has no trouble hearing!
He's still a puppy at heart and and pretty well keeps up with his
'brother' Buckley. I grew to love this dog and he loves me back - unconditionally.
I hope I haven't bored you with my story of Marshall. I just felt
like sharing his 'dog's life' with you.
Happy '10 years with us' anniversary Marshall!
Have a blessed day and if you have a beloved pet tell them Marshall says WOOF ~ Hi!
Parting shot ~