George and Ava (aka Lucky Dogs)
George is a Border Collie, rescue that we found at the Humane Society in Factoria. He was found running wild on a highway in eastern Washington, wearing a collar that was put on when he was much smaller. As he grew larger the collar become so much a part of him it had to be removed surgically. He’s a very affectionate, intelligent dog that is always more than ready to go on the next adventure. I once saw him herd one of the neighborhood toddlers away from an exterior stairway that he seemed to think was dangerous. On a separate occasion he put a shoulder in to a visiting Great Dane driving him on to his back for barking at one of the arriving neighbor kids. He’s a hero.
Ava is a ninety two pound dog that is the gentle, humorous animal that Rottweilers tend to be. She came to us at eighteen months through Craig’s List from a family that had to re-home her due to health reasons. As our house is a neighborhood meeting place it was very important that she be trusted with the many kids that play in our yard. She has won the trust of all the parents. When she wants attention she’ll chase her tail. She sleeps on her back as often as not and after a year and a half that still makes me chuckle.