September 2nd 2009 2:28 pm
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Willy was a dog that I had adopted when I lived in AZ in 1998. He didn't stay with me long, as he had gone home to be with The Lord in April 2000. He's the last dog I've been able to have because of the places that I've lived since then, but I am going to be moving back out West again ASAP, and when I do, I am going to adopt another dog or 2...or 3...or 4...I've just missed having a dog sooo0000 much that when I get the chance to finally be able to have dogs again, I wanna get a few. I've only ever had a few dogs my whole life, and everytime I had to move, it seemed like I couldn't keep my dogs, or they died. I had 2 dogs that died, Willy was the 2nd one.
When I first got Willy, I had actually thought that I was going to be a foster parent for dogs, but when I got Willy, (he was the first one I got) I immediately fell in love with him and decided to keep him, and I knew that if I didn't get out of being a foster parent right away, I was going to want to keep every dog that came my way, and I didn't have my own place at the time, and I wasn't able to have anymore at that time. When I go back out West and get my own place, I may try to be a foster parent again.
When I got Willy, it took me a couple of days to come up with a name for him, so he got his name when one day he was out in the fenced yard where I lived, and I walked down the driveway to get my mail and he saw me walking away and he started making this noise that sounded like the noise that Willy, the Orca whale in the movie "FREE WILLY" made, and I thought, "THAT'S IT, THAT'S WHAT I'LL NAME HIM...WILLY!" LOL
He actually saved my life once when I was still living in AZ, (which I'll not go into the details of), but he did actually save my life once. I truly believe that if he hadn't been there I probably wouldn't be here today.
As for his breed, I'm not completely sure what he was mixed with, but he was definately part Chow, and since I've seen other dogs like him recently I have just in the last year realized that he was also part Akita. Willy was a runner...every chance he had to escape, he would run and he was really hard to catch once he got away, however, if I had known anything about Cesar Millan at that time, I would've been able to learn how to stop him from doing that, I'm sure. Ever since I discovered Cesar's show, "THE DOG WHISPERER" and started watching it and learning about dogs, I've just had a burning desire to get another dog, but I'm currently living in my mother's house, and she doesn't allow me to get another dog as long as I'm living here, I'm just having to wait, but I can tell you, it's driving me CRAZY and I am having a really hard time waiting.
In Feb. or March of 2000, Willy all of a sudden started being in a great deal of pain, and we couldn't really figure out what was wrong with him, but his one front leg's muscle started to atrophy, and he couldn't put any weight on it at all, and it was horrible seeing him in pain, and after a couple of months of not being able to figure out what was wrong with him, and all of the medication his Vet tried him on and none of it was helping him at all, I decided to have him put down, which broke my heart, and to this day, I still miss him terribly. The picture of me and him together was taken the day he was put to sleep, just before I took him to the Vet in April of 2000.
So, seeing as how I just love dogs and wanted to have a profile on DOGSTER, in order to be able to add friends and what not on this site, I found that I had to have a dog listed, I just decided to put Willy's profile on here until I'm able to get another dog again. I'm sorry if that seems dishonest, but that's why I wanted to explain that right away here in his diary now.......