Jamie and I don’t have any kids.
And we won’t. (At least, not without the help of modern science or divine intervention)
Our dog is the closest we’re going to get.
If you’re a true Cavender Diary reader, you’ll remember when we adopted our Harley Davidson – back when Jamie did all the writing on this blog. Loosing her in October was the hardest thing we’ve gone through together…..
But it’s been a few months, and we’re ready to move forward.
A few weeks ago, Jamie reached out to a couple Doberman rescue groups to see if there was possibly a good fit for us. After a written exam, several phone interviews, and a home visit, Lone Star Doberman Rescue matched us with a 14 month-old boy in Argyle, TX. named “Styrke” – Norwegian for “Iron”.
Look at those big floppy ears and that pink tongue.
How could we resist?
So, once again, we took a 45 minute trip just to meet a dog……and proceeded to bring that dog back home with us.
He was waiting for us at the end of the driveway, I think he knew.
Our second rescue, our second Doberman rescue together. My third Doberman. I had one just before Jamie and I moved in together. Faust. Stomach cancer took him just before we bought this house. I have a severe attachment to Dobermans. (Like Hunter S. Thompson, and the Dark Knight, and David Berkowitz. HHHmmm. Not exactly the company I ever expected to be included with…. but here we are.) It breaks my heart that these smart, amazing dogs could ever be unwanted.
Styrke had quite a journey before making his way to us. Five months ago, he was found at a common dog dumping ground in Houston. He was malnourished, heartworm infested, and so riddled with mange that the animal shelter wasn’t even sure what breed he was.
Lone Star Doberman intervened; paying for his recovery and placing him with a foster care-giver in Houston. She named him Styrke, because iron is strong – like he needed to be. But about a month in, his foster moved to Hawaii and Styrke was transported to Kim in Argyle. She crate-trained him and taught him some commands to be prepared for the next step in his life.
His life with us.
We weren’t too keen on the name Styrke. No one even knows how to pronounce it. A new life deserves a new name. So Jamie bought him a new dog-tag, engraved with “Logan” – our favorite X-Man. (Who happens to be even stronger than steel.)
Logan’s a pretty chill little guy, but still a puppy;
He growls at the “Huuuump Day!” camel in the Geico commercial.
He scratches his ear untill he farts.
He doesn’t know the words “Outside” or “Daddy”, but he sure knows the word “Treat”. And where they’re kept.
He isn’t quite sure what to make of the vacuum cleaner yet; fun new game or arch nemesis?
Today, he pooped tinsel.
It’s been a week now, and a pretty easy adjustment for all three of us. We think he’s a perfect fit.
I’ve heard it said that people who have dogs live longer,
I’m not sure about that,
But I know for a fact that people who have dogs live better.
Welcome to the rest of your life Logan…
Somehow pooping tinsel is appropriate for the Christmas man’s dog. Welcome Logan. You are a lucky dog.
LOL!!!, We knew right away that he was ours!!!!
You both look soooo happy, CONGRATULATIONS. I don’t know if I became weepy at the sight of what Logan went through or the knowledge of the wonderful, life saving works of rescue organizations. Sto Lat (Polish, wishes for 100 years) to the three of you.
Rescue organizations, like Lone Star Dobermans, do amazing work. And all volunteer based too. Thank you, Jean. We’re going to be happy for a long time.
So happy for all of you! Looking forward to hearing more stories of life with Logan! 😊💕🐾
Have no fear. He’s an interesting little guy. You forget how every dog has their own personality.
He is beautiful!!!! Congratulations on your new baby.
So much love, he is adorable ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
He is now…. not so much a few months ago. 😉
Dobie’s look so much friendlier with floppy ears. My husband had a dobie named Annie, saved the life of his first wife and kids while he was out of town. Twice. Lucky you, lucky dog.
They are amazing dogs. So smart. We’re lucky to have found him.
The three of you make a lovely family! He’s adorable, and I, too, love his ears!
What a transformation! I almost cried when I saw poor Logan’s “before” picture. Life continues to get better and better for Logan and for both of his daddies. ❤
We plan to spend the rest of his life making up for his “before” period. He’s already wearing designer sweaters. HA!
Lucky Logan!!!! And you are lucky guys too! I’m excited for all of you!
Thank you Lynette.
Ahhh…. he is perfect! Congrats on the newest member of the family!
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I am so happy for you guys. I know how devastating losing Harley was. Logan is a cutie.
Thanks Cindy. She’s always here. Her water bowl was Faust’s water bowl….. and now it’s Logan’s.
He is gorgeous. Happy for all three of you.
My heart is bursting and my eyes are weirdly leaking too. Logan is just beautiful. He is one lucky pup. Those before photos are sickening but it is amazing how strong the will to survive is. I wish you SOOO much fun and happiness with your new buddy!!!!
He is a strong little guy! Still learning to trust us… but he’ll come around.
Congratulations to all 3 of you! How wonderful!
Congratulations to all 3 of you! And I know a Harley is a guardian angel looking out for all of you. You are a lucky family. ♥️
No doubt Kim!
Can’t imagine better news!!! He’s beautiful and so are you two!
It’s hard to understand that kind of cruelty but what a wonderful new beginning for you all. So glad you were able to grow your family.
I’ll never understand people.. and how they can be so callous. But dogs, I understand. Completely.
I love this happy ending, great pictures of the three of you too!!
I can’t believe the before pictures. Just why does that have to happen? It’s unbearable. Thank you for adopting Logan. He’ll have a wonderful life from now on!
When we saw his “before” we knew we had to spoil him.
Love this happy ending, great picture of the three of you too! Congratulations on your new doggie!
How wonderful for Logan and for you two that fate brought you together. His “before” pictures break my heart. I’m glad his “after” pictures will be happy ones!
I assure you …ALL his after pictures will be happy ones! So glad we found him.
James and Jamie, I couldn’t be happier for you!!! You’ve done a wonderful thing by opening your hearts again and reaching out to a rescue for your next Doberman. I know that he will bring new adventures, laughter and most of all, more love, to your life. I laughed so hard I cried when I read this because tinsel poop and farting are funny; then I cried because I was so happy for all of you. I foster adult cats of all kinds, an there is nothing more rewarding than being loved by an animal you never knew you needed. One thing we never run out of is love. Our hearts have an endless supply. Your Canadian friend, Christine.
Thanks Christine. How hard it must be to loose your fosters. I know they are going to good homes, but I/we get attached so easily. I will always rescue animals in the future. No doubt. I’m glad that we can give them everything they need/want. But mostly….love.
James and Jamie how wonderful!!! I can see the twinkle in in all of your eyes! Dottie
I sit here with a smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks. I am so glad you adopted again! But Logan’s before picture is just heartbreaking. I have had one Dobbie in my life and she was a good dog. They really are smart and amazing! Congratulations to Logan for winning the Doggie Lottery Mega Jackpot! And congrats to the two of you guys for making that happen!
I can’t understand why anyone would not like Dobermans if they had ever been around one. Such great dogs. So happy that Lone Star Dobermans works as hard as they do to rescue and place these sweet, smart dogs.
So thrilled for you both to give Logan a new home and life. May you 3 make the best memories.
Thank you Jacqueline!
Omigosh — those “before” snapshots! Unbelievable! He looks fantastic now, though! Congratulations to all 3 of you!
Thank you! No doubt that we’re going to be very happy together!
Congratulations to everyone! 😍 Logan’s middle name is Lucky!
I cannot tell you how happy this makes my heart. Harley would approve, I am sure. As a person that works tirelessly to help rescue pets, I am always so happy when someone adopts that can raise awareness. So many follow you and it helps so much to spread the word to adopt a pet. Logan hit the lottery.
And Jeff and I cried again…Good for you guys! Welcome Logan! –Erik in Ohio
So happy for you guys & especially for Logan! Rescue dogs are heaven sent. As a long-time (& now mostly retired) animal rescuer here in North Texas, I cannot thank you enough nor commend you highly enough for caring so much! Having rehabilitated some dogs who were found in the same horrendous condition your sweet puppy was found in, I know all too well the expense & the time that went into making him whole & healthy again. This final leg of his journey to his happily ever after is the very BEST part! Becoming part of your family insures that he will be nurtured & adored forevermore…..I wish every unwanted pet could be so lucky! I am so eager to follow all his further adventures!! Hugs all around!!!
What a handsome boy!
Congratulations! I’m sure he’ll have a wonderful life with you both ❤
This was so beautiful! Oh my gosh! He pooped tinsel?! Oh my goodness! Sounds like Logan is going to be a handful! What a beautiful story and inspiring rescue. I’m sure he’s going to be happy in his forever home.
Pooped tinsel. No lie. He’s a handful alright…… and we wouldn’t change a thing about him.
I’m so happy you guys have a new baby, okay dog! And I like the name Logan about a million times better than Styrke. What kind of a name was that anyway! He’s a lucky boy to have you as his daddies!
He’s our baby… and he acts like one too. Thanks Candice
What a handsome dog. Congrats, each of you is very fortunate. Many long and happy years together!
A phenomenal chapter in the Cavender Diary! You 2 big hearted fellas are the best – THRILLED for you all!
What a beautiful boy Logan is! Doberman is a fantastic breed – great beauty, intelligens and personality. I absolutely agree that a new life requires a new name. Besides, “Styrke” would be a mouthful in English. “Styrke” does not mean iron in Norwegian, though, it means “strength”.
Ahhhhhh, “strength” makes sense. He has that in spades. 😃