October 16th 2009 11:08 am
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This is Binx's mom writing today. Tomorrow October 17th will be 5 wonderful and amazing years since Binx and I found each other. The day my life changed forever! What a wonderful adventure it has been with my sweet boy! He came into my life after I became disabled to be my companion and has been so, so much more. After my surgery I didn't walk very well anymore and pretty much stayed inside a whole lot. After he came to be with me had to get out and about, he had to do his business outside you know! I had to finally learn to drive a car (didn't want any part of that since the terrible car accident I was a passanger in that made me disabled), anyway, when my sons wanted to move to Florida to go to college I had to learn to drive to get Binx to Florida with us. We shipped all of our stuff with a mover and I had this bright idea that with all the public transportation here that we could take a bus to Florida and then use public transportation here. No dogs allowed on the bus so learned to drive real fast! And this year he changed my life yet again when he started learning to be my service dog. WOW have things changed even more for us since that! He went to college and graduation with me and we have really started to get out and live life more by doing more and more things that I would not have done. I look forward to every single day that he is with me. Binx is my first dog and I truly believe that we were meant to be together. So Happy Gotcha Day to my best fluffy friend, my helper, my companion, my heart, I so adore and love you very much!
Not to long ago I wrote some of the story of Binx and here it is again:
October 17, 2004 started out as any other day really. We lived in upstate NY in a Village called Fonda at that time and I lived two houses away from my longtime boyfriend Ray. We were actually getting ready to take a daytrip to Vermont to see his niece for her birthday. I had wanted a Sheltie for a few years after becoming disabled, not working anymore, and I first saw one on the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show that I watch every year. I fell in love with the Sheltie breed! I never thought that I would want a dog of my own after I was attacked by two dogs at a friend’s house when I was a kid in an unprovoked attack while the owners were standing there just looking and not stopping it at all. Thank goodness for the neighbor who jumped over the fence to save me! I had been scared to pieces of dogs ever since. Then when Ray and I were together for so long and he got a purebred cream color Chow when we broke up for about a year. Her name was Kobi. Believe me when I say that I was terrified of her, oh yes I was! I was standing at the door looking outside one time right after I first met her, Ray was outside, and she nipped me, and good! I had to go to the hospital and all and even had to miss work because she broke my skin on my hand! I don’t know what happened, but from the moment that she nipped me it was like she was mine! I grew to love her so much, but she wasn’t mine and finally I decided that it was time to have a dog of my own, one that no one could make me take back home because home would be with me! By then I already had my surgery and didn’t like to go out much anymore because I didn’t walk very well. Ray told me that if I found one that I wanted he would get him for me. So, the search began!
As I said, October 17, 2004 was just a day that we were going to take a road trip to Vermont for the day. Ray, my sons, and I got in the Jeep and off we went. I don’t remember what newspaper I had that day but there just so happened to be an ad for Sheltie puppies for sale in it in Schenectady I think. It was about an hour from where we lived and we were headed through that direction. I called the number and asked them if they still had any male puppies and they said yes. So a little detour was made to their house. We got there and went in and there were several puppies running around. I sat down and put my purse on the floor and about all the puppies ran to me, it was too cute! They were putting their noses in my purse and jumping all around me. I picked up one that laid right on my lap. I told Ray that I might take that one. Well, I had not noticed what he was doing while I was with the puppies and he said, I don’t think so, I think you are going to want to see this one! I looked up at him and saw the cutest Sheltie ever! One with freckles on his nose and dark rings around his eyes that looked like little glasses! I knew that he was so right, that he was the perfect one for me! We told the people that we had to go out of state for the day and asked them to hold him for us and I would call them in a few hours to let them know for sure. They said ok so off we went. Right after we left, I told Ray that I was completely sure that I wanted that little puppy. I called them back and told them that we would be back for him and to make sure that they didn’t let him go to anyone else since they had other people coming that day. On the way home we stopped and got him. We took him to Petsmart on the way home to get him a little dog bed and his first toy, a monkey. We got home and went to Rays. Well, when it got to be later at night I was told that that adorable puppy couldn’t go home with me, he wanted to keep him there for the night! WHAT!! I was so not happy and it was a very long night that is for sure! I got up extra early in the morning and went to his house and when I walked in there was my adorable little puppy sitting there in his little dog bed shivering and so wet! That little guy stayed right in his bed all night long even when he had to go to the bathroom! I scooped him up in a towel and let me tell you, that was the last time that he spent the night away from me!
Now, his name was a tough one! I had no idea what to name him. All I knew for sure is that I wanted something unique, like him! After being with him all the time and playing with him so much I kept thinking of a word Binx. So I went and told Ray that it had to be that, he said that he had suggested that a few days before, but I don’t remember it. At first he kept trying to get me to name him Bob. I said no way are you naming him Bob! Can you imagine! So Binx it was! Ray came up with the rest to make it Prince Xavier Binxley.
Binx has changed my life completely! At the time that Binx came to be with us my sons were getting older and still in high school and sports and Ray was working all the time. I spent a lot of time in the house by myself. Because of Binx there have been a lot of changes in my life. One change is that I had to learn to drive finally. Never wanted to do that either after the car accident I was in as a passenger that had a lot to do with my disability. All of a sudden I had to learn to drive to get my dog to Florida, people that knew me thought that was pretty funny! Because of Binx I get out a lot more than I was. Binx is my companion, my best friend, and now my helper! I just could not imagine life without him! I look forward to going new places now that I would most likely not bother going, he has learned to be a wonderful helper to me, and I am never lonely anymore! And because of him I have met a lot of wonderful people as well!
Binx is people shy but dog friendly. He is very loyal and protective of me. He barks when we are in the car when someone talks to me of if anyone approaches it when we are in it. He goes crazy when someone rings the doorbell and has even been known to bark at the doorbell on tv. We went to weekly classes and he got his CGC in December 2008 on the first test night. He is also doing amazing learning new service dog duties. This is some of the story of my Binx : )
Condogumatations tu yu an' yur Mom fur 5 gwate yearz ob be togetfur an' help each uver!! Yay, Binx an' him Mom!!! ((((hugs))))
Thanks Zadie! Looking forward to lots and lots more years together with my boy! :)
What a wonderful story. Dogs are great to have I like them better then cats. Now don't get me wrong,cats are nice to have my mom has 2 of them but,dogs have more personality and they love to go places with you and always want to play too. Binx you are a true inspiration to dogs and humans everywhere ! God Bless,keep up the great work !!!!!!!!!
What a beautiful story! I wish you both many, many wonderful years of happiness together!!
Millie & Linda
Congradulations Binx and Susan on 5 years together. You both have a lot to be proud of!!
Mary & Furs
Thank you so much for such nice comments for us. They have all truly touched my heart to see them! We are very happy and lucky to have such wonderful friends here :) Binx and Susan
Well Binx and Susan, all I can say is.....I have tears in my eyes.....and because of Binx and Dogster, I have a wonderful and great friend and Bonito has a true fur friend.....thanks for the story,,,,,,,love, Bonito and Lois
Great story Binx. But really, aren't all Shelties the best ;-)
Oh, about that Chow. Dad never trusted that breed and we found out it was for a good reason. When we went on our daily walk in the old neighborhood a woman had her door opened a crack when their Chow saw us and bolted past her. Dad ran to intercept and yelled 'no' to the Chow, but the Chow got to me first. He bit me once and I yelped and rolled over. The Chow then stopped the attack and Dad scooped me up and carried me away. In the commotion, Buttons ran off and Dad had to search the neighborhood for her. She was standing on a nearby neighbors porch. For a long time I wouldn't go on walks with Buttons and Dad after that day.