Grateful Post Day 7 - Our Pup Miss Duchess..

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Grateful Post Day 7 - Our Pup Miss Duchess..


Debbie Reynolds  created a 10 day ActiveRain challenge concerning writing posts about what we are Grateful/Thankful for in our lives. This is my first post in this challenge and I have many things to be extremely grateful for in my life. My posts will not be in any type of order. Some posts will be much longer than others.


I am very grateful and happy that our Pup Miss Duchess all of sudden showed up in our lives. She is a true blessing and such a lovable small dog. I will give a short version of how we came to have her as part of our family.


Early March 2015 my youngest step-son Alex was driving along a busy street in Pearland TX as he was living in a home owned by his roommate's parents in Pearland. It was a cold, rainy and dreary night but somehow Alex spotted a very tiny dog running and was able to pull over. He called to the dog and she came running. Alex has always been a dog whisperer.


At first Alex and his Dad ( he is our friend) tried to find a shelter to take her to with no success as all were full. Dropping any dog off under these conditions meant quick euthanasia. Yolanda got to see her and immediately fell in love with her. She was this tiny, under fed, abused little pup with no collar, chip, nothing at all. Someone cut her loose on very nasty night and that someone was a male. She would never have survived one night on the loose. It was a blessing for sure that she was found and ended up with us.


During the day of the first night at our home she was at the Vets getting shots and examined. She had a collar and a few days later a chip right after she arrived at our home! Yolanda held her at the Vets examination room and instantly bonded with her. When I got home that evening Duchess paid little attention to me. I so wanted to pet her and hold her but no go. I told Yolanda I was under impressed as I had a bad day with PC and software issues. Yolanda told me to give her a chance as she had so many changes happen in her life in a very short period of time and many new people to get to know. I was being stupid and totally unfair which I realized quickly after a night sleep.    


The first weekend in our home found Miss Duchess sitting in my lap just about everywhere I went in the home as well as when I was sitting in front of my Mac. We had a great time together taking her outside and on walks we now call puppy walks. Duchess followed me everywhere including into the bathroom. I was easily hooked and bonded very quickly to this tiny little dog.


Duchess is a part of our family and everyone other than one person to remain nameless loves her dearly. She is such a great companion for my father-in-law who lives with us. I think last December when he was told he had to have dialysis and spent Christmas Eve in the hospital would have been the end of his life if not for this little dog. She provides him with company during the day when no one else is home and a purpose. Small dog or not she is very protective over Grandpa as well as Yolanda and me!


She makes all of us happy as she is truly a family dog who loves to hang out with us. She makes Yolanda and I laugh every day and she shows us so much love. In addition, she is a very smart little dog who learns pretty quickly. When we got her she was already housebroken.


I am so grateful and thankful another family did not appreciate how special a dog she is and we ended up being her family.  She was put into our lives for a purpose. We all love her.




Grateful Post Day 7 - Our Pup Miss Duchess..



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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Robert Bob Gilbert  - Thanks for sharing this heart warming story.  It is amazing to hear how some furry family members end up finding the right homes!

Nov 18, 2016 05:40 AM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I love your post, Bob. I also know exactly how you feel. Lucky's story is very similar to Duchess's story. I've read your stories before about her, but it warmed my heart to read it again today. It warms my heart even more to know that you and Yolanda are there for her, and she is returning the favor by watching over you and your family. 

Nov 18, 2016 06:17 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful post, I had tears in my eyes reading it...I am so glad that Duchess loves all of you, and she would say, "What's not to love?"  Wishing you and Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert a lovely weekend.  By the way, that is a very nice photo of you and Duchess.  A

Nov 18, 2016 07:32 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Bob - Do you remember life before Miss Duchess came into it?  There is something that takes a part of your heart and stretches it to the fur of our little companions.  The experience takes us outside ourselves for a time. . .And, that is a good thing!

Nov 18, 2016 08:38 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy those special moments with Miss Duchess and have a wonderful weekend.

Nov 18, 2016 08:43 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Robert Bob Gilbert ,

I love the photo of you and Duchess and the story is so sweet and did warm my heart.

Nov 18, 2016 09:04 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am so glad that it turned out that way and now you have a wonderful member of your family that fits in just perfectly.

Nov 18, 2016 10:02 AM #11
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

What a heart warming story Bob. I really enjoyed reading this and seeing your smiling face.

Nov 18, 2016 01:09 PM #12
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Robert Bob Gilbert - very touchy story! And a very nice picture, too.

All the reason to be thankful for...

Nov 18, 2016 03:33 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob I loved the story and more so the picture, my dad had a "blue jean shirt" and it was from the Reagan Library....Endre

Nov 18, 2016 04:01 PM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Bob.  I have been following Duchess's progress in converting the Gilbert household to do her bidding.  She's been very successful.

Nov 18, 2016 08:48 PM #15
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a great looking pup and a very nice story to go along with it, I can see why you love the pup so much!

Nov 18, 2016 10:56 PM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my gosh, Bob. This is just the sweetest story. I'm am sooo happy Miss Duchess found your family. Everyone says a rescue dog is the most loyal and lovable companion of all...and it's wonderful that she has such a happy life with all of you. 

Nov 19, 2016 03:59 AM #17
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Bob are you with the pups now do we have a new one? See you soon!

Nov 19, 2016 05:46 AM #18
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert - I am home now after going to Orientation. The shelter really opens your eyes. No new pup.. 

Nov 19, 2016 06:05 AM #19
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you everyone for your very nice comments and suport. Miss Duchess also thanks you. 

Nov 19, 2016 06:09 AM #20
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

What a beautiful post and Miss Duchess is so adorable! Happy Holidays to Robert Bob Gilbert and your adorable wife.

Nov 20, 2016 04:00 AM #21
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, Miss Duchess is such a cutie, and nothing better than a pup to come home to every day! 

Nov 20, 2016 11:18 AM #22
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Bob

Cute name for your dog and Miss Duchess really doesn't look to photogenic and love the photos ...

Nov 21, 2016 01:59 PM #23
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your puppy Miss Duchess is special  . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 26, 2016 09:51 PM #24
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