Fall Season of Miracles - Parker

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Assc Broker MD DC VA

The POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul group gives you the opportunity to share the miracles in your life during this fall season with a creative writing challenge . Join in on the challenge with the  FALL SEASON OF MIRACLES CONTEST | Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group

I've been a member of the  POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul  for quite somespenser and kira time and love participating and reading posts.   This contest, however, made me think about what has affected me and my life - my family.

The tragedy of losing my lovely Spenser the Rhodesian Ridgeback.   A show dog, a beautiful and special dog.  A dog I wanted for so long and I loved so much.   The anniversary of his loss was last week.   It is so sad, so unexpected, and so hard for our family.  

I am one of the most positive people you will every meet, although very risk conscious, I can look at the bright side of anything.   Until I lost my Spenser, the horror of the unexpected.    It can find you at anytime.  I was grateful that we could be there for him and send him off to the rainbow bridge with our love and blessing.

kira and spenserAfter his loss, we helped our other dog Kira grieve, she loved Spenser too.   She was glad to move up in rank but really hated being the only dog.   We had lost our cat of 20 years the year before.   We took up driving her around with us; and making sure we were there for her.    She felt alone.    I decided that at the very least, I could start the inquiries on new pups.  We weren't sure whether we wanted to move to downtown D.C. and didn't need such a big house or yard, the economy is turning after all.   We didn't really want another pet after such loss the last two years, but again, looking at Kira who felt sad and alone - it was hard.   We didn't know what to do.  She didn't like other dogs, as she never developed dog social skills - she is a people dog - a rescue and we are the third owners.    Play dates were not an option for her and it hurt me to see her so sad.   

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not a common breed and it can take quite some time to get a dog.    I thought about rescues, but Kira simply didn't like other dogs.   A puppy, I felt might work, but a grown dog just wasn't doable.   A longtime breeder and Rhodesian Ridgeback judge told me about a breeder in Rockville, MD he worked with
, who just had a litter that was ready to go.   I definitely parkerwasn't ready, and wanted to know about his planned litters and other future litters.   He urged us to visit - besides she likely wouldn't have any puppies left anyway.   

Maybe we should get a cat, maybe that would be enough for Kira.   Let's visit these kittens and oh, by the way, lets stop by and look at the breeding stock in Rockville.  We went to visit....how predictable is this....   

Then, the miracle.   His name is Parker, an unexpected, unplanned, unconventional Rhodesian Ridgeback of such love and utter neediness that the loss of Spenser is actually tempered by his love, ho
pe, and generosity of spirit.   He does some of the exact same things, but couldn't look more different or be more different in personality.   They are polar opposites.   Spenser loved the outdoors. 


Parker quickly let us know that if we decide to move to a condo in DC or a townhouse - he is good with that.   He hates the outdoors alone and is scared of anything unusual - racoons, snakes, groundhogs, and the like (although loves his walks).

The tremendous amount of time and effort a young puppy needs distracted us from our grief - and Kira loved having a young pup around to teach him the ropes.   He is nicknamed Parker T....with the T standing for trouble and he has more stories in his young life than I think I could write about.   He is such a beautiful miracle that we brought home just before Thanksgiving last year and he just turned a year old.  

I never could conceive that the loss of such a wonderful dog would ever lead to a dog that makes me laugh every day.  A dog Kira can love an nuture.  A dog that would help us through our grief to find a way to laugh every day (and typically all day).

Parker and Kira

   It is truly a miracle.kira and parker

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Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker, MD, DC, VAAlan Bruzee & Yvette Chisholm Alan Bruzee, Associate Broker, MD, DC, VA
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
 Rockville/King Farm Office 301-548-9700
402 King Farm Blvd #150 Rockville, MD  20850

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Andrea Swiedler
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Yvette, the loss of a pet is the loss of a family member. How wonderful that you found Parker T!!! A bit of healing going on there it sounds like.

Oct 27, 2011 12:27 AM #1
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Parker looks like a wonderful addition to the family.  I am a big animal person myself and the loss of a pet is just unbelievably hard. 


Oct 27, 2011 12:41 AM #2
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

Andrea, he makes me smile every single day - even with all the T!

Debra, it is unbelievably hard and thank you for your thoughts - is he big?

Oct 27, 2011 02:09 AM #3
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Yvette, what a wonderful miracle to find Parker to fill the void in your life left by the loss of Spencer. We would be so sad if we lost our Otto (who is also scared of lots of things outdoors!).


Oct 27, 2011 04:32 PM #4
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Spenser and am wishing you many happy years with Parker!
Oct 27, 2011 05:02 PM #5
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

What a touching story and beautiful puppy, thanks for sharing.

Oct 27, 2011 11:18 PM #6
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Yvette, I have heard folks saying that you should never try to replace what you have lost. Your story is just more proof that you are not replacing, you are expanding your heart. I am so glad you recognized Kira's loss and took a chance on love! May you always find joy in the T and I bet that Spenser is watching and doing doggie back flips that you are at peace!

Thank you for sharing a story so full of love.

Maryland Mortgage Mama

Oct 28, 2011 12:31 AM #7
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

Frank and Sharon, I didn't know dogs could be afraid of their own backyard

Joni, thanks - it has been an adventure with Parker

Rene, he is a beautiful dog

Bridget, thanks - it was exactly that a chance on love, I didn't think I'd ever be ready and there he was.


Oct 28, 2011 01:07 AM #8
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I'm so glad Parker came along for you. 

Oct 30, 2011 06:54 AM #9
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Yvette - I haven't had a pet in over ten years.  I remember when I lost my cat, the kindly veternarian told me that when we accept a pet into our lives we are also accepting that one day we will have to say good bye because their lives are shorter than ours.  I'm glad Parker has add so much joy to your lives.

Oct 30, 2011 10:55 AM #10
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