A Dog Story From Tricia Williams

Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty LLc License# 00285925

This is another story from Tricia Williams. One day she was telling me this story, so I asked her to write it down so that others could get a good laugh.

Thor the dogOkay, I spoiled my kids, am currently in the process of spoiling my first grandchild and am even working hard to spoil my dog rotten.

I never even intended to have a dog at this time in my life (I'm middle aged, am divorced, and run my own business); but my oldest son needed me to take care of his huge...and I mean huge dog while he was on the road with his band.
A year and a ton of shows later; Thor (the aforementioned dog) is still hanging out. If Josh, my son, thinks he's getting Thor back; we'll have serious custody issues!
Thor weighs about the same amount as me, and is part Pit Bull/ part Lab/ part small cow.
That makes Thor super perfect! He's black and white, short haired, and muscular like a Pit, and definitely has a Pit head (large and boxy). His legs and body are shaped more like a Lab. He also is smart and friendly like a Lab, but can turn on the 'bulldog' and be scary and intimidating. He is the best watch dog I've ever had and actually should be paid the $39/month instead of ADT.

Thor has an interesting habit that I have indulged...much to my regret. He likes to go out in the middle of the night to hang out with his doberman mix girlfriend. He usually wakes me up around 3 or 4am by bumping against my bed with his massive tail until I stumble out of bed to go let him out. Usually his girlfriend is already in our yard eagerly waiting for him. They're so cute and excited to see each other every night, that I just can't say no. When I get up in the morning Thor is always right back on the deck waiting to be let back in.

A few weeks ago, I woke up, went straight to the door to let him in as usual, and was terrified and blown away by a very recognizable horrible smell! Obviously, Thor had visited someone else in the night! He had most definitely had a skunk encounter!

I immediately called Bear Creek Kennels to see if they could squeeze him in for an emergency skunk bath and treatment. They really didn't have time, but out of sympathy told me to bring him on in..
On the way to pick him up I started thinking that maybe if he had a little doggy friend that lived at our house, he might not feel the need to go out every night to hang out with the neighbor's dog.

So, once I did the smell test and had the check writing out of the way, I asked the groomer if they ever had clients let them know if they needed to find a home for unwanted dogs or puppies. She said they really didn't, other than people were always asking if they had purse sized, tiny, lap doggies. I immediately told her that that was not at all what I had in mind; I wanted a medium sized, scruffy dog to be Thor's little friend. She got the funniest look on her face and told me to wait a minute.

 Out she came with an adorable little Schnauzer mix. She said someone had brought him in for a grooming...4 MONTHS AGO...and had never come to pick him up! Can you believe that??? Poor little guy had been living in a kennel for four long months. What in the world?

Well, that's the good news for me and Thor; we adopted little Jeffrey to be Thor's at home companion. I have to say every part of their relationship is wonderful! They adore each other, share toys, rough house together, sleep together, dig together, and yep...here's the bad news; go out every night around 3 or 4 am to meet Thor's girlfriend. So much for that bright idea!
I never needed one dog to spoil....now I have two!

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Tricia Williams, Realtor, ABR
Keller Williams, Franklin, TN
Direct 931-334-1804
Business 615-778-1818
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

What a fabulous story!!!   The 'people' part made me sick but alls well that ends well.  Yay Thor!

Sep 12, 2009 06:47 AM #1
Amy Jones Group
South East Valley - www.AmyJonesGroup.com - Chandler, AZ

What a great story.  My dogs are my "children".  Kudos to you for your heart!

Sep 12, 2009 07:03 AM #2
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

susan - Thanks for the comment. I'm sure that every dog lover would do the same thing.

Amy- Dogs are easier to live with than children in my opinion.

Sep 12, 2009 07:15 AM #3
April Solomon
Solomon & Associates Realtors, Inc. - Port Richey, FL

If your dogs ever encounters the skunk again, keep this in mind the only thing that cuts that horrible smell is tomato sauce.  Tomato sauce poured directly onto the dog and let stand for a few minutes this will remove the smell then shampoo the dog with dog shampoo.  Wha la the smell is gone.  I'm glad to hear Thor has a companion. 

Sep 12, 2009 02:04 PM #4
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

That is about one too many dogs for me!

Sep 12, 2009 04:24 PM #5
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

April - Thanks for the advise. I hope he learned his lesson, but our area is full of skunks right now.

Sep 12, 2009 11:54 PM #6
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


...part Pit Bull/ part Lab/ part small cow. LOL

Mike in Tucson

Sep 15, 2009 02:16 AM #7
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Mke  What can I say, he's a big dog.

Sep 15, 2009 02:19 AM #8
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I just love these stories.  Tricia has quite the life.

Sep 15, 2009 05:20 PM #9
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