Tiberius and Angel (Still More)

Many thanks to Douglas Faillace for more on Chet’s February Friends! They’re the profile pic for the month and the Faillaces – their human companions – get a signed copy of Up On The Woof Top, the latest Chet and Bernie novel. In March this could be you! Just send in a pic to the FB page. The random number generator takes over from there!

We picked up Angel (the Devil Dog) when we were running the ESSCM Rescue. We had just had to put down our first springer, Shelby, and were really not looking for another … but when we checked her out, she took US home. Our two ‘two legged’ kids wanted her so bad!
She was over a year old and had had a couple of owners because …
Angel was a RUNNER … you don’t know the number of times we had to chase her around our community (very few fences). But fences didn’t bother her … much … she would just climb the cyclone fences when we boarded her with family.
Now the boy was originally named Stache (as in mustache) because of the marking on his right side of his nose. But I am Polish and didn’t want to call him STASH (short for Stanley). I woke up … maybe the next day and exclaimed “TIBERIUS”. My wife thought I was having a fit, but I said it would be the boy’s new name! She asked where I got it and I said “J. Tiberius K.”. She didn’t get it so I said “James T. Kirk” (I am a Trekker). Teri said we could call him Tiber!
Friends & breeders said that the BOY would become dominant (though younger and smaller). Angel would NOT let that happen.
Angel NEVER was a lap dog … you spent more energy holding her on your lap than it was worth. BUT … the day after Tiber (a puppy) joined our family, he jumped on one of our laps in the recliner. Angel BARKED and GROWLED and immediately took over the lap … and became a LAP DOG at that moment.
Tiber was a gift / loan from a dear friend who was a breeder of ESSs and a member of our club. She needed to place one of her many puppies in a home and thought we would be great.
That gift was so precious for the 14 years the “Old Man” was with us.