Back while my husband and I were still dating we rescued a puppy. Her name was Satin. Satin was part Lab and part unknown. Her mother had been dropped off along side the road and made her way up to a house that belonged to a friend of mine. My friend took the dog to the vet to have her checked out she found out she was pregnant, most likely the reason she had been dropped off. She was underweight and dirty so my friends family nursed her back to health while they waited for the arrival of the puppies. A few weeks later the mother dog gave birth to nine puppies. This family knew they could not keep all of them but were willing to care for them until they were old enough to be on their own and then started looking for homes for both the mom dog and her puppies. If homes could not be found they would have to take them to the animal shelter. Ten dogs was to much for them to take on full time.
My husband and I went to her house and Satin walked straight up to us. We were looking for a male dog but she won us over with her sweet personality. She became part of our family.
When JR became part of our family Satin became his dog. He loved on her, played with her, layed on her, and rode on her. Satin allowed him to do things with her that she would never consider letting others do, I think she knew or could sense he was autistic. He could lay on her for hours and she would never question it whereas my brother could try to pet her and she would bark are him. Satin and JR had a special bond. She was his protector and he was her guardian. They were each other’s best friends.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened but within the last year Satin had started becoming more aggressive not only with us but with the kids. Maybe it was the move or maybe it was the fact she was nine I don’t know. All I do know is she wasn’t the same sweet dog anymore. We had not one but two incidents in May that had my husband and I questioning if she was safe to have around the kids anymore. We did not want to put her to sleep or take her to a shelter but we could not have her being aggressive with the kids, especially JR. He did not understand why he could not play with her the way he always had. My husband took her to the vet and with a heavy heart we placed her in a no kill shelter (she stayed for a week before being placed in a new home with no kids or other animals) Our hearts ached. She had been such a huge part of our lives. We had no plans on getting another dog. No one could replace Satin.
However by July we were having major problems with JR. He was lost without his dog. He cried for her daily, she would look for her every time we went outside, he called out for her in his sleep. Our little guy was miserable and that was hard to watch. So my husband and I had a talk and we decided that even though we didn’t really want a new dog, JR needed a dog. And after looking around my husband found a 16 week old yellow Lab that our son named Frosty.
Frosty has quickly became JR’s new favorite obsession. He absolutely loves his new dog, and so do the rest of our kids. Frosty runs with them and slides with them, lays down with them and just enjoys being with them. JR and Frosty have already went on dinosaur adventures and deep sea dives (in their kiddy pool) and I am sure there are many more adventures to come over the upcoming years. He still misses Satin, we all do, but I am thankful for this new four legged friend that has made his way into our hearts. JR needed Frosty to heal and to help move forward. Seeing the two of them together today made my heart smile. As JR was hugging Frosty, his new puppy licked his cheek and JR giggled. He said Look momma he gave me puppy kisses just like Satin use to. He squealed with delight right before returning the favor to his puppy. Aw puppy kisses there’s nothing better for a little boys heart ❤️