In honor of National Puppy Day

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We are familyTime for a not so serious post but maybe somewhat serious. My wife and I have had three "puppies" together. We call them puppies regardless of age because we are crazy silly parents when it comes to our pets. I write in honor of the first dog who adopted me which was Corduroy, named after the children's book. She was old and had been with my wife for quite some time so she was in fair health and was aging when we got together. Charlene says I rejuvenated her because she wanted to show the new guy that she was good forever. That was our first bond with a "puppy"

Then came Hope who also adopted me. Hope was a standard poodle who was rescued from a puppy mill and was barely alive and had never set foot on grass. Hope was also scared on lightning because she was kept outdoors in a pen, but she blossomed with Charlene and if we were going to get married I had to win over a naturally distrustful poodle. Once we broke the ice she decided I could be her petting machine and we were inseparable. When Corduroy died she was lonely so In the next paragraph we will come to the little guy. First, Hope did something amazing. She had sniffed my cancer back in 2008 and would not eat nor would she leave my side. Once diagnosed and we went to Houston she ate everything in front of her and was fine. She was the savior that we lost last May as I was checking into the Marriott in DC for NAR, an awful day. I miss her so much.

But then comes the little guy with 50 names, Henri. He came along because Hope was lonely and until she passed at 14 they were the bestest buds. He is now our only puppy since I don't think that Charlene will be ready for another dog for a long time and of course Henri likes being the top and only dog just fine. There is so much that we can learn from our puppies and kittens but for me it is about their lifespan because it is not registered in longevity but in joy. I am one of the fortunate ones that has the privilege of living a long life but fro us humans we need that time to become our true selves. Fort our pets they get it from day one and the little Buddhas make this life more bearable and are making me smile a mile wide as I write this.


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Victoria Ray Henderson
Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers

Joe Pryor I LOVE your puppies! The puffy ears and pink bows are too cute! My favorite animals are rescues because they seem to really love and appreciate us. 

Happy National Puppy Day and thank you for the reminder!


Mar 23, 2017 11:11 AM #1
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

I enjoyed your post very much.. thanks for sharing... I never knew there was a puppy day... in our lives every day is puppy day... 3 puppies and two cats and they bring immeasurable  joy to our lives... Happy Day

Mar 23, 2017 11:23 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What can I say, Joe? Loved this post and the history of your life with your puppies. Mine also were puppies to me no matter how old they got!

Mar 23, 2017 11:25 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Great post and I enjoyed it. My little girl is celebrating today.

Mar 23, 2017 11:27 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I know how much you love your pup!!!  They are just family members and each have their own distinct personality!

Mar 23, 2017 11:31 AM #5
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

We do love our pets pups ,dogs ,kittens ,and cats . They bring us joy and happiness . Unfortunately they do not live us long as us . When they leave us it is devastating . While I write this I am looking at Cleo curled up on a pillow next to me .  Joe Pryor  this is a beautiful tribute to National Puppy Day

Mar 23, 2017 11:45 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

National Puppy Day!  Who knew?  Pooches are an important part of many people's lives.  I'm glad they have a day to be celebrated.

Mar 23, 2017 12:38 PM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Happy National Puppy Day to all of you! I don't have any pets of my own, but all three of my children have dogs and one of them in particular visits quite often.

Mar 23, 2017 01:58 PM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joe Pryor - My dad loved Poodles. We had 3 while I was growing up. My mom always would be grouchy when one of them would give her attention. (But she loved them)!  I know good friends who show dogs and those fur babies are their "kids".  Happy Puppy Day!

Mar 23, 2017 02:10 PM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Joe you two are such good fur baby parents.  Henri knows he's the top dog! Our little guy Barney is bicho-poo so he's kind of poodleish!

Mar 23, 2017 05:03 PM #10
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
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Thank you for sharing about all the verying loving "puppies" you've had. I can tell that each of them had their own unique personalities! How amazing is it that when we plan to take care of these animals, they often take great care of us in return? Every furry friend gets a special place in our hearts.

Mar 23, 2017 05:25 PM #11
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

My dogs are always puppies and my 19-year-old cat is still "kitten."

Mar 23, 2017 06:58 PM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe I had no idea it was National Puppy day but in our Household every day is national Pet Day do differentiation between dog and cats:))Endre

Mar 23, 2017 09:35 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  We have two puppies, one of which is not in good health.  If she survives until Christmas I'll be happy.  I find it interesting on how each of them have their own personality.

Mar 24, 2017 03:44 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your love for your pets. I hope your message will incourage families to adopt a puppy.

Mar 24, 2017 07:11 AM #15
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. We learn so much from our pets. My four bring me joy, happiness and laughter.

Mar 24, 2017 08:12 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What amazing parents you and Charlene are, Joe!  Of COURSE your fur babies are going to take to you - they sense that you have a huge heart and they are drawn to those who reciprocate the love!  

Hope's story is so bittersweet - how lucky can a dog get being adopted by you two?!  And, then to save your life in heartwarming.

Love your little Henri too, Joe!  And, you're so right - it's not about the longevity, it's the joy that they bring us every single day!

Mar 26, 2017 07:15 AM #17
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I like the way you put it, Joe Pryor ... these creatures "adopt" US .. not the other way around ...


Mar 26, 2017 10:14 AM #18
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I know you are getting a lot of pleasure out of Henri and his predecessors. He is part of the family.

Mar 26, 2017 06:29 PM #19
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Joe, You have been blessed by puppy love and rescued by puppy awareness, in regards to your health.  Yes doggies live in the moment and are reminders to us to live in the moment happily.

Thanks for sharing.


Mar 28, 2017 09:26 AM #20
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