it's tala day!

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One year ago, we brought Tala home.

Tala started out life in Tennessee, then was taken by a rescue group to Ohio. Next she was adopted by Husky Savers in western New York State. From there, it was only a short drive to Mississauga. Tennessee to Ohio to New York to Canada: she was on the Underground Railroad!

For a long time after we lost Buster, we didn't want another dog. Our six years with our emotionally damaged and physically frail pit-mix left us exhausted and bereft. His death left a tremendous void, but it was also liberating (something I was loathe to admit at the time). Our life was suddenly so much easier, and we were in no rush to change that.

Then one day, about a year later, I felt our family just wasn't complete. When I mentioned this to Allan, he told me he had been thinking the same thing. We made the leap, and it's been even more rewarding that we imagined.

It had been such a long time since we had a healthy, young dog! Buster was never that, and Cody was always a cat dressed up in a dog costume. That means we're going back to our first dogs, in the late 80s and early 90s.

And through all those years, we lived in an apartment. Having a bundle of energy that needs a ton of exercise is a whole lot easier when you live in a house with a big backyard. So not only has it been a terrific year, it's been a lot less work than we remembered.

Tala has brought so much joy into our lives. She's very smart, funny, mischievous and super affectionate. She keeps us smiling and laughing all day long. Even Cody loves her now.

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Tala Bobala
Also known as: Talabo, The Bobala, T-bo, Skinny-Face Jones, Skinny Face, Skin, Little T, Little Bo, and sometimes just The Evil One. But in a good way.

Tala and Cody are both enjoying winter, but you know we're all waiting for the spring. Remember this?


redsock said...

Skinny Face!

L-girl said...

Skinny Face! How could I forget?! I'll edit the post.

James said...

I'm way behind on processing photos -- I have to get the New Year's pictures of Tala & Cobalt up. I'll move them to the front of the queue, and maybe they'll be posted before the next anniversary!

L-girl said...

I'd love to see those!

Nigel Patel said...

Dogs are some good people.
I get to see lots of dogs and cats as a pizza man.
And one, I'm not making this up, pig.

redsock said...

Mmmmmmmm, pizza.


With bacon!


I was thinking that you can tell how much we love Tala by all the silly nicknames we use, but then I thought of Clyde -- who was usually either "Clyde" or "Clydethedog". So maybe that's not a good gauge.

Well, we did refer to her "speckled snout" and her, um, err, cough, "granite thighs", but those were not really names.

L-girl said...

And one, I'm not making this up, pig.


With bacon!

Funny juxtaposition there. Although not for the pig.


"Clyde The Dog, Sweetest Dog In The World, TM"

redsock said...

Funny juxtaposition there.

I said bacon because of the pig.


... spiderpig, spiderpig ....

Amy said...

Happy Tala Day! We just got back from getting my parents' cat, who we "babysit" for during February while they are away. Our dog is SO happy to have a cat friend visiting. (Our two cats both died within the last year or so, and we haven't yet had the heart to adopt new ones.) The cat, however, is a bit unsure of the dog right now, but always adjusts quickly.

So a good pet day all around!

dogsled_stacie said...

Happy Birthday Tala, my Ontario twin!

-Rupert (and me, Pooh Bear!!!)

redsock said...


I cannot wait until I can give Rupert a big fooking hug!


I can't.

Love that dog.