Thursday, November 17, 2011

Man's Best Friends

About 8 1/2 years ago we got involved with English Springer Rescue America (ESRA)  when we rescued Abby and three months later added Milo to the mix. Though they came to our home at 2 1/2 years old with some definite issues...i.e. heartworm positive, not house trained, afraid of riding in the car, not spayed or neutered, no leash training. We worked at it and thankfully got them healthy, socialized, and integrated into our family. Springers are beautiful dogs with sweet temperaments and a loyalty that never ends.

Abigail, affectionately known as Abby

Milo, affectionately known as Mr. Mi

They are now eleven and serve as constant companions to EZ (and me!). I have no doubt that after his diagnosis, radiation, and chemotherapy, and the month he spent away from them while hospitalized, they had a sense about his cancer. They don't want him out of their sight and follow him around from room to room, watching his every move. For senior dogs, except for some occasional stiffness, they still have boundless energy and love to swim, sniff, go for rides in the car, take walks, and run through the woods!

What a handsome boy

Out for a walk in the park

Someone loves his new bone

Trying to get some exercise and wear these two out

Sweet girl

Woah, look at those jowls!

Sometimes fighting cancer involves more than medicine. How about a loyal canine friend that provides unconditional love, endless companionship and a reason to get out and walk even when you hurt? Check out the rescued Springers available for adoption in your area on the ESRA website. Can't adopt right now? Provide a foster home. We think you'll be glad you did!


  1. Oh Mr. Mi and Abby have become dearly loved members of our family! And it is clear how much they adore being around Daddy (and you!) Love you!

  2. Abby and Mr. Mi have been wonderful medicine for me over the last two years. They are my constant companions where ever I go and continue to be a great example for me of unconditional love. "Rescuing" them from shelters (via the ESRA) was as good for us as it was for them. Thanks for posting!

  3. Such a sweet post! Dogs really are the best!

  4. They really are great dogs and if Linda and Ernie take a trip and leave them home with me, they are my constant companions. They bark when someone comes near the house and make me feel safe and protected. I too love Abby and Milo.

  5. EZ and Linda, thank you for this heartfelt post about Milo and Abby. We have a 90 pound black lab, Tony, who found his forever home with us before my diagnosis. He is with me all the time and has been a huge help in my recovery.
    All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful,
    The Lord God made them all.

  6. these two definetly are sweeties, couldn't be without a four legged friend around our home either.