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My Life With Dogs

We are all lucky dogs are domesticated. Even me, the kid who “hated” his dog because it required so many chores. Feeding, grooming, picking up after, and the epitome; poop scooping.

I didn’t know it at the time but I was learning core responsibilities and gaining valuable life experiences.

Lets face it, raising a dog is work. Butt… we love them so much!

Following are some of the dogs it was my honor to care for. They really taught me a lot!


Sabrina Great Dane Dog
1971 ~ Me and Sabrina an AKC registered Great Dane.
Child sitting on a Great Dane
1973 ~ My cousin sitting on Sabrina. Giddy-Up!!

Sabrina was hilarious. Her quirk was letting people in the house but later would grab your arm and not let you leave!

I won 2nd place in a Kodak photo contest during my senior year in high school with a photo of Sabrina. By then she was a soul mate as reflected in the photo.

Great Dane resting her head on a foot stool.
1976 ~ Sabrina the Greatest Great Dane.


On our last day at Keystone College a dear friend of mine rescued an adorable little puppy… and gave her to me!  Jenny was a kind soul and loved and was loved by anyone who met her. She also got along great with Sabrina the Great!

Jenny the Beagle
1980 ~ Jenny
My future wife Michelle, friend Joe and me with Jenny on the Appalachian Trail.
1980 ~ Jenny dog!


Namesake of Jupe’s Treats! We adopted Jupiter from a rescued litter of 7 newborn puppies! I’m guessing 2 parts Dane, 1 part Black Lab. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Jupe was big, friendly and loved running an agility course. Our first official taste-tester.

Jupiter! Great Dane Black Lab mix.
Jupiter around 5 yrs. old!
A dog jumping hurdles.
Jupiter at a public agility demonstration.
4 month old Jupiter
Jupiter’s ride home. Sept. 2011
Welcome pet food
Jupiter representing “Jupe’s Treats!

We lost Jupiter to cancer in the late Spring of 2019. He is still sorely missed, I must come back and write more about his antics. 🙂


It didn’t take long before the emptiness of our home without a dog in it to feel so quiet and lonely. And then via a “friend of a friend” we saw this picture.

MAR 2019 Artemis before we knew her

Artemis is 10 months old now (Jan 2020). She is super smart and a bundle of joy who, by the way, also feigns attention.

Pitt Bull Unicorn
Big smile from Artemis

So here we are again house-breaking a puppy dog but I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

Pitbull with a ball
2019 ~ I claim this ball in the name of all that is holy.

For more about Artemis please turn to Our Staffordshire Terrier.

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Originally posted on February 15, 2020 @ 7:46 pm

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