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How we began again with Leonbergers

Back in the last decade of the last century, like many near empty nesters, we shifted to the canine children.

My husband says, each time a kid left, we got another dog.  We generally favored the female sex, and it has taken me nearly thirty years to be able to call them bitches.

Our sweet girls are “the girls” to us!

Our first Leonberger came because my husband went to a social event at the home of some folks with a Leonberger who quietly mingled among all the people there leaving vases and coffee table crudites for only the guests to enjoy.  But this was an illusion, I call “training.”

By nature, all the Leos we have had have happy tails which wreak havoc to those types of coffee table items!

Here is Dick back in 2013 with Maisy – who was our fifth Leo, and is still the most* loved!  She was born in May 2013 and was the sole survivor in her litter.

 

Maisy is a fighter who came with us having undeveloped lungs and a broken leg.   She was sorely wanted to fill a vacuum we had and lots of love have gone out to Maisy.  It is a miracle she is still with us today!

  • each one is “most loved,”  as each one is special.   Those are the feelings I have when I talk or think about each one.  The same with children and grandchildren, actually!

To your massive success!

Louise Shickle

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My parents grew up during "the great depression." I was shaped by that kind of limited belief. Now my life is spent imagining and creating the possibilities instead of feeling cramped into a mold predestined for me by someone else. I feel free. I am a child of God's creation, a wife, mother, and grandmother. Besides that I am much more. I am having the best time of my life! I am enjoying many blessings and working so that others may be blessed as well! I live in the east coast U.S. now in the gorgeous part of Virginia we call the Shenandoah Valley. I am a retired mathematics teacher and my husband and I have Leonberger dogs. My husband is a hard worker and he is detailed and meticulous in his work. Work is his love gift. He is quiet mostly, but has an amazing mind and is so funny. After all these years, I still love him so much. I, on the other hand, am easily distracted and do mostly what seems like a lot of fun to me. I enjoy people, and great ideas, and enjoy listening to wonderful conversations. I like the way words go together and the feelings they cause. I am thrilled with humorous stories and fascinated by the way the pieces of life fit together. I enjoy the fields of advertising and sales. I love to travel, and I treasure the special bond between mankind and canines.
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