But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Peter 1:5-8

Friday, October 23, 2015

Oh Me. Oh My. Oh Murphy!

Hi friends! I have a surprise for you!!! hmm. Where do I start? Remember how Henry and I visit the elderly at a nursing home monthly? And perhaps you have noticed I have a HUGE  HEART for poodles? Well over the last several months I have been pondering a problem out there in the world of the elderly. Many older people own a pet and then they have to go live in a nursing home, or perhaps they die. Then the care of that pet falls on the adult children. Many times these adult children do not want the pet. Sometimes these adult children lie to their remaining parent and tell them the pet died, and then actually give it to the humane society.

I looked somewhere I should never look. Petfinder.com Um. Yep. You are figuring out where I am going with this. Remember how I LOVE toy poodles. I KNEW I would never own anything but a toy poodle. Yessiree. Only toy poodles for me. Well, want to say hi to Murphy?
Murphy is a miniature poodle. He is built in the same way as our little Henry. Henry is 6 pounds and all legs. Murphy is almost 10 pounds and all legs. He needs to gain a little weight. He had a rough time. His elderly owner went to a nursing home. This woman's adult daughter did not want to keep Murphy, so she took him to a shelter, who transferred him to our local humane society. Murphy began straining to urinate there. The veterinarian determined he had bladder stones and needed surgery to remove them. He had his staples removed last month, and just finished up his antibiotics. He was so confused. He is 12 years old my friends.
Brian and I discussed Murphy multiple times.Once we met the dear, sweet, little, old man, it was over. Our hearts just melted for him. :) He gave us both kisses. We have had Murphy for over four weeks already. Yes! I was not allowed to show him on the internet until we officially adopted him, which we finally did yesterday! Our humane society has a program called fostering-to-adopt, for animals that have special needs. Since he was recovering from surgery(we got him 3 days post-operation) and he needed medicine daily, and we brought him back for the vet to take his staples out, we cared for, or fostered him until his lab report came back on his bladder stones. We now know what kind of food Murphy needs to eat the rest of his life to prevent bladder stones from forming again.
All three poodles got along from the start. Murphy truly prefers people to dogs, but that is because he was an only dog of one elderly woman. Henry has figured out that Murphy allows cuddling. :) Murphy loves to sleep on your lap. When I read in the recliner, Henry and Murphy are both with me. We take turns letting one on my lap and one next to me in the recliner. We switch the next time I sit to read. ;) It is a good thing Mabel does not prefer lap sitting!
When I stitch at the kitchen table using my table stand, he sleeps at my feet in his bed. He watches JEOPARDY with Brian and Madeleine nightly. ;) He probably knows the answers. tee hee. He sleeps on Emerson's lap as well when he knits in a recliner.
I did make him a bed before he even arrived home with us. He promptly adopted Mabel's pink flower bed instead. ha! She gladly took over his grey and white plaid bed.

Are we crazy? Well, I am!

Just one look into this precious poodle's gentle eyes, and well.... we can say we love him. ♥ I am so glad he is in a loving home for the rest of his days.

Reading, and stitching, and praying,
Vickie

48 comments:

Lesley said...

Murphy looks adorable Vickie. It is lovely all three of them get on together.We cared for an elderly dog,my late mother in laws gorgeous border collie.We loved every minute of our time with her.Older dogs need loving homes too and to be with people who understand they will almost always come with or develop medical needs.There is no doubt Murphy has a loving home:)

Lillie said...

Such a sweet and well behave poodle. You have such kind heart Vickie. Murphy is so lucky to have you.

moreofhim said...

Oh, Vickie!! He's precious! Those eyes are adorable and I can see why you couldn't say no to this wonderful, little guy. He is going to have such a wonderful life with you all and what a blessing for him and you all. So glad I got to see the new family member! :)

Blessings - Julie

Annie said...

What a heart-warming read!! How lucky for your family and Murphy that you found each other:) Older dogs have such a wonderful, kind energy and are wise beyond their years - how the daughter could not appreciate that is soo sad... Thank goodness he could find a new home with people such as yourself who will appreciate and love him:))

Ali said...

What a kind and generous heart to adopt an elderly dog, so glad Murphy has found such a loving family to take care of him. Ali

Maggie said...

Awww such a sweet face, I'm glad he has found a good home with you,
lucky Murphy :-)

Pull the other thread said...

What a sweetie. Well done you for taking in such a lovely dog and giving him a new forever home.

Brigitte said...

You are fond of poodles? Really? I would never have thought that. Lol. But seriously - Murphy is such a lucky guy that he has found such a caring family as you are.

Peggy Lee said...

Murphy is a sweetie! I have great admiration for those who adopt older pets. I've heard a lot of great things about Petfinder.com since having Gibbs. Enjoy him! I know his little heart is grateful to you.

Justine said...

He looks right at home already!

Annie said...

Murphy looks like a real sweetie. And you and your family are real sweeties too for taking in Murphy as one your own!

Mii Stitch said...

This is such a nice story, Murphy has now found a new home with poodle friends :)
He looks adorable!

Emma/Itzy said...

He looks like such a sweet boy, I'm glad he has now found his forever home for the rest of his days. I hope one day my fiancé will allow us to adopt a dog

Angela Tucker said...

Oh, Vickie, what a sweet, sweet story! You have such an amazing heart. Thank you for caring. :-)

Jacquie Morris said...

My heart would of said do it too! Your an amazing person, so is your family... Such a kind heart. Murphy is adorable and yes rather cute too. It's lovely Murphy gets on with Henry and Mabel... Awe your home must feel lovely with 3 dogs :).
Such a lovely thing for you to do, it's sad that some elderly people go into homes and have to leave their pets.. Pets are their family... It's wonderful that you gave Murphy a home where he will be happy.
Oh poodles... Nope never knew you liked them! Hee hee
Big happy smiles :)

gominam said...

Murphy is adorable, now he is in capable hands, so sweet of you!

Julie said...

Wishing Murphy many happy years living with you and his new 'brother and sister', he is cute.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

How sweet! He has eyes just like our schoodle, Kolar. So glad you found each other!

Vicki said...

I'm so glad you found Murphy, he deserves a happy home! He's a cutie...

Honeybee said...

Oh, Congratulations on Murphy! That sweet puppy couldn't have found a better home to live out his days. I wish his owner could know what a loving home he has.

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

You have a heart of gold. glad you have Murphy. Big hugs Lynda Ruth

Annette-California said...

I'm so happy for Murphy! You have a huge amazing heart. Love how he feels right at home and prefers Mabel's bed! He's adorable! Congratulations! love Annette

butterfly said...

How sweet is Murphy bless.
Enjoy your sweet friend I still wish Ron would let me have a friend.
He now has a wondeful home.

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

Dear Vickie ,
your heart is so great , I am so grateful that there are so wonderful and generous people like you. Murphy is a showpiece , his eyes are so warm . I am delighted that he has settled so well with you , a better Poodle home he will not find anywhere as with you because I'm sure . I hope your hand it 's better today ! Now you must also still Murphy sticken..smile ...
Greetings from the other side of the ocean Your Sandra

Barb said...

You and your family are truly angels on earth. Murphy is blessed to have found such a perfect new home and I know you were blessed to find Murphy - you will be richly rewarded!

Dotty's Daughter said...

Oh what a generous and wonderful thing to do to that dear little man..give him a peaceful heart and love..true love. I laughed about the pink bed!!!! So sad to have to give up a pet and even harder for the pet. I hope you all have a wonderful and as long as possible, time together. Well done Mabel and Henry too for sharing. What a lovely happy post ..Maria xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

How could you resist another poodle? He's darker than Mabel? So that an excuse to stitch lots more poodle designs in the right colours!

Hope he's taking your mind off your medical problems too.

Cath said...

Ahh . Bless you for giving that sweet boy a loving home. Enjoy your cuddles . xxx

Анна Гончарова said...

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Barbara said...

Oh Vickie, how lucky for Murphy that you and your family came into his life. He is such a handsome older gentleman and I'm glad that Henry and Mabel have also adopted him. Poodles are very smart and I'm sure they realized he needed someone to love him and care for him. Please give him a hug from Vallie and me.
Blessings

Bea said...

How lucky all of you are! What a wonderful thing for you to do. I think older dogs and cats often get overlooked because of the cuteness of kittens and puppies. I know I only adopt adults from shelters and 3 sounds like an excellent number. Enjoy!

Margaret said...

Oh Vickie, what a wonderful surprise! I'm so happy for you all! I recall your saying something about thinking about another poodle a while back. Murphy is wonderful -- those eyes! He is a lucky dog to have your family! Congratulations to all!

marly said...

You are not crazy Vickie. This situation happens often unfortunately. Our Humane Society will not take unwanted animals, only abused or injured, so these poor pets go to our tiny shelter that kills weekly. So sad that they feel scared and abandoned, missing their owners. So you are not crazy for giving a safe loving home to this sweetie.

Lumiruusu said...

You did the only right thing to do when fostering/adopting sweet Murphy. God Bless You good heart and all the family members including your new Baby Murphy :)

Just Another Old Geezer said...

Great post...you can never go wrong helping an animal in need and in return you reap the benefit of truly unconditional love, win-win!
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Cindy's Stitching said...

Murphy is adorable . My grandma had a toy poodle. Beautiful dogs.

Sally said...

What a wonderful thing to do Vickie. Murphy is adorable.

Anne said...

Oh how wonderful he has a good family to spend his last years with. So happy for you all!! Hugs!!

Christine said...

Congrats on your new adoptee! I think older pets have so much to offer and he is lucky to have you!

Beth said...

Welcome to Mr Murphy! How wonderful and caring to adopt an older animal. I know you will enjoy having him as part of your family!

diamondc said...

Murphy: You are so handsome, you are so lucky to live with these lovely people and Mabel.

Blessings
Catherine

KimM said...

Vickie, you are an angel. I'd say Murphy fell into a tub of butter when he met you. I must admit - I'd have the same reaction if an orphan fur baby showered me with kisses - they would find themselves in my car heading for their new home - in a heart beat. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
xxx

Carolien said...

Oh my, you are all so sweet to adopt this lovely dog!!! Hurray for Murphy! Lots of happiness together!!!

Have a great week, dear friend! I'm sorry I am this late but had to work more than planned ...

Bye, Carolien

Maggee said...

You and your family have very kind hearts! Murphy will be a happy dog, and a good buddy to Henry and Mabel. Hugs!

Carol said...

Mr. Murphy couldn't have found himself a more poodle-loving home! I'm so happy for him--and for you, Vickie :)

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
Oh, my gosh he is beautiful. It is so kind that you took an older poodle. There was down at the humane society that has one, but I am only allowed one dog where I live or I would have gone and got it.

Murphy looks so handsome. So glad he gets along with Mable and Henry. I would love a toy poodle, but all mine have minature, but I wouldn't have traded any of them especially Pierre. Loved them all.

Congratulations,
Marilyn

Myra said...

God bless you!!

Jackie said...

You're not crazy at all! I'm so glad that Murphy has a forever home!