Inara is five today! Lots o' pics...

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Postby TheRedQueen » September 24th, 2008, 2:25 pm

My pretty girl turns five today...and I reflect upon how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday that this crazy girl came into my life, and then on the other hand it seems like she's been here forever. It's hard to remember life without her...her presence is so large in my life. She's taught me so much about being patient and loving and kind...she would have it no other way, she was so damaged when she came here.

I shall start at the beginning...the first photo I took of her. She wouldn't come to me, was petrified of anyone other that my sister at that point (my sister was her emergency foster home). ... /ry%3D400/

Her name was Daphne, and she was a rescue through ARPH. She had been purchased a pet store in NJ, bounced through 3 homes and 1 foster home before landing with my sister. She was very fear aggressive, had a micro attention span, was fighting with other female dogs (at the first foster home), chased guinea hens, wasn't housebroken and had a paint-peeling bark that she used to announce EVERYTHING that happened in the world. She wouldn't go near people, including me...and would bark and growl if anyone approached. The rescue was at the end of their rope, and they were debating having her euthanized.

I adopted her.

I changed her name to Inara...a strong name for a strong dog. She was so scared of everything in the world, it was a long project I took on. Every picture I took of her, she was wild-eyed, panting and anxious. Because that's how she was. ... /ry%3D400/

But once you get to know her, she becomes soft and squishy...and very, very lovable. ... /ry%3D400/

She soon started training for flyball and K9 give her an outlet for her energy...(she is really bad about pacing if she's bored)...and to help her build confidence. She turned out to be a natural... ... /ry%3D400/

She now takes on new jobs 100%...she enjoys taking on new tasks...

Training the rotten puppy... ... /ry%3D400/

Or the new kitten, Fry...(he's even allowed to touch the CUZ) ... /ry%3D400/

Every day, she makes me smile...whether she's barking back at me, or sliding a frisbee around the hardwood floor with her feet, or mowing down Xander...she is a true delight.

Just lying quietly in the window... ... /ry%3D400/

Or...squeaking her Cuz out the window for the neighbors...either one makes me smile. :) ... /ry%3D400/ ... /ry%3D400/

She's so makes me smile even when she's being rotten! And she smiles back at me... ... /ry%3D400/

Happy Birthday my pretty one...

(PS...Michelle, it's not letting me use the img tags says the pics are too big)
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Postby Jenn » September 24th, 2008, 2:33 pm

Well Happy Birthday Inara! :)
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Postby LaylaWoobie » September 24th, 2008, 2:34 pm

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Postby KJS » September 24th, 2008, 2:42 pm

Happy Birthday to you! :mrgreen:
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Postby Hundilein » September 24th, 2008, 2:51 pm

Happy Birthday Pretty! I am still amazed at how far you've brought her, Erin. I just love her!
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Postby amazincc » September 24th, 2008, 2:58 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INARA!!!!! :confetti: :bigGift:

Beast and I have learned SO much from you and her, Erin... thank you for sharing her story and all the valuable training advise. :hug3:
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Postby CinderDee » September 24th, 2008, 3:00 pm

What fantastic pics!

Happy Birthday beautiful Inara!!! :confetti:
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Postby SisMorphine » September 24th, 2008, 4:00 pm

Happy Birthday Inara! I adore that pic of her curled up in the window. Too cute.
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Postby jmashaney » September 24th, 2008, 4:14 pm

Happy Birthday Inara!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » September 24th, 2008, 5:18 pm

The pic of her in the window is just gorgeous, and that last one is just too cute!

Happy birthday, beautiful Inara! It takes a wonderful, gorgeous dog to pull off that name, and you do it well. :)
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Postby Beth » September 24th, 2008, 10:53 pm

:bday: :bigGift: Happy Birthday, Beautiful!
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