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#1 OFFLINE   Dakotah

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 07:37 PM

Legs had a sad story for the first 16 months of her life. I was driving by a Subway parking lot and saw a horse trailer full of dogs cages with several different breeds of dogs in them. I stopped by to look, and saw this full grown, noticeably underweight Italian greyhound that I recognized from about a month before, when I had been looking at a litter of the same dog's puppies. She was fifty dollars, and the woman selling her explained that she basically was of no use to her anymore. She'd been raced briefly, but wasn't very good at it. Then, she was bred, but apparently she didn't handle pregnancy too well. So here she was, in a cage in a horse trailer with another full grown rat terrier, and at least four other breeds of puppies, all for sale. I didn't feel remorse when I saw her though. I just looked at her and felt a connection. She was shy, nervous, easily frightened, but yet she looked like she held wisdom far beyond her years. She had wonderful green eyes with flecks and swirls of brown. And her coat was always sleek and shiny, brown and with high white socks. I bought her for 50 dollars, knowing that she wasn't really the top quality dog the woman hoped i believed she was. The fact is, she was caged most of her first 16 months of life. The following year of her life with me was probably the happiest she'd ever been.
Even though Legs was scared of most people, she and I immediately had a bond and she came to me for comfort. She was my first iggy, and until I brought her home I had no idea how incredibly demanding these dogs are. But I loved her more than any animal I'd ever had. I got her shortly after the very tragic death of my premature son, Craigery. In many ways, I guess I took care of her like I would have my baby. She helped me through so many sad times in a very horrible year long stretch of my life.
Most people did not like Legs at all. She was an escape artist, but usually she just went to the trails in the woods next to our house and ran all around them. She got a lot of baths because of that habit. She hated my brother for absolutely no reason. She had a "vicious" growl that went rawr-rawr-rawr. She scarfed her food down. She would run away the second she got the chance. I could never get her potty trained. She didn't know how to play until I taught her. She would bolt out a door that was open the slightest bit. But I loved that dog with everything in me. She slept in my bed every night. She gave kisses if she liked you. She loved car rides. She ran race track around the house three times a day, once at noon, once at four, and once at seven. She was stubborn. She was independent and hard headed. And I brought her with me everywhere.
I left the house to run errands one day, and when I got back my dog wasn't in my house where I left her. She was no where to be found. I placed lost ads all over town an hour later. I found her the next morning on the side of the road. She'd been hit by a car. She's buried in the woods where she used to run with a big natural rock headstone that says "Legs". She was my first iggy, and the dog who made me fall in love with the breed. I miss you girl. <3

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 07:51 PM



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Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE (Dakotah @ Jan 30 2011, 06:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Legs had a sad story for the first 16 months of her life. I was driving by a Subway parking lot and saw a horse trailer full of dogs cages with several different breeds of dogs in them. I stopped by to look, and saw this full grown, noticeably underweight Italian greyhound that I recognized from about a month before, when I had been looking at a litter of the same dog's puppies. She was fifty dollars, and the woman selling her explained that she basically was of no use to her anymore. She'd been raced briefly, but wasn't very good at it. Then, she was bred, but apparently she didn't handle pregnancy too well. So here she was, in a cage in a horse trailer with another full grown rat terrier, and at least four other breeds of puppies, all for sale. I didn't feel remorse when I saw her though. I just looked at her and felt a connection. She was shy, nervous, easily frightened, but yet she looked like she held wisdom far beyond her years. She had wonderful green eyes with flecks and swirls of brown. And her coat was always sleek and shiny, brown and with high white socks. I bought her for 50 dollars, knowing that she wasn't really the top quality dog the woman hoped i believed she was. The fact is, she was caged most of her first 16 months of life. The following year of her life with me was probably the happiest she'd ever been.
Even though Legs was scared of most people, she and I immediately had a bond and she came to me for comfort. She was my first iggy, and until I brought her home I had no idea how incredibly demanding these dogs are. But I loved her more than any animal I'd ever had. I got her shortly after the very tragic death of my premature son, Craigery. In many ways, I guess I took care of her like I would have my baby. She helped me through so many sad times in a very horrible year long stretch of my life.
Most people did not like Legs at all. She was an escape artist, but usually she just went to the trails in the woods next to our house and ran all around them. She got a lot of baths because of that habit. She hated my brother for absolutely no reason. She had a "vicious" growl that went rawr-rawr-rawr. She scarfed her food down. She would run away the second she got the chance. I could never get her potty trained. She didn't know how to play until I taught her. She would bolt out a door that was open the slightest bit. But I loved that dog with everything in me. She slept in my bed every night. She gave kisses if she liked you. She loved car rides. She ran race track around the house three times a day, once at noon, once at four, and once at seven. She was stubborn. She was independent and hard headed. And I brought her with me everywhere.
I left the house to run errands one day, and when I got back my dog wasn't in my house where I left her. She was no where to be found. I placed lost ads all over town an hour later. I found her the next morning on the side of the road. She'd been hit by a car. She's buried in the woods where she used to run with a big natural rock headstone that says "Legs". She was my first iggy, and the dog who made me fall in love with the breed. I miss you girl. <3


I'm so sorry for your losses, Dear. I believe that you and Legs found each other at a time when you truly needed each other. Together you shared a love and joy that you will always remember. Please take comfort in the knowledge that you made her feel special for the only time in her life.

I believe that you will meet again, someday. My love and thoughts are with you, Mary


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:15 PM

What a sad story, Dakotah. You must miss her terribly.
I have never heard of an IG being raced for anything other than fun by people getting together and doing lure coursing.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:28 AM

Oh Dakotah, I'm so sorry for your loss of Legs and your son. Legs was truly fortunate to have been so loved. I too, have lost an IG who was hit by a car. I know the pain of that loss and how it lingers. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 01:38 PM

Dakotah,

What a beautiful, yet tragic story about you and your first IG, Legs. You two were meant to find each other and help each other through some very difficult and painful times. I too had a "difficult" IG as my introduction to the breed. She broke my heart when she left.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 02:01 PM

our sympathy goes out to you....
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:04 PM

I am so sorry for your loss Dakotah.
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 05:25 PM

What a lovely little girl....she looks so much like my girl Mea. You did good by getting her out of that awful situation. I'm so sorry the end was so tragic though.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:23 PM

Thank you for sharing the story of you and Legs. She was very pretty and she sounded like a special little girl.
My Sadie was a mill breeder for the first 15 months of her life, too. She is 14 now and I still see signs of that abuse in her even now.
I glad you were able to help each other heal.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:39 AM

I am sorry for your loss. I believe that you helped each other, and that is worth the pain of losing her.
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:47 PM

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