We found Tuff in March of 2005 while riding 4 wheelers in the management area. When we first came up on him I was too scared to touch him because he looked as though he was eat up with mange. He followed us for many miles down the powerlines, even swam through about 3 beaver ponds to keep up with us. As we turned around to head back home, he got further and further behind and started stumbling from exhaustion. Gregg and I both felt so bad for him so I took my jacket off and Gregg went and got him and wrapped him up in it and put him on the four wheeler with us. He laid right in Greggs lap and I held on to him while Gregg drove. We got to the closest gas station, and Gregg went in and bought 2 cans of dog food and you could see his stomach swelling from the food he was so starved. Our plan was to take him home, clean him up and find him a good home. We got him home and our hearts found a little spot for him. We ended up keeping him and he has been the best dog anyone could ask for. He was always so sweet around the kids. Kenadi LOVED Tuff. Everytime I would go outside to get clothes from the dryer, she would run to the back door so she could see him. I can remember shortly after Gregg and I got married, it was a cold night and I went out to get some towels from the dryer and he had some how managed to get the dryer door open and climbed up in to the dryer with the warm towels. Of course, I was furious, but it was also pretty funny. We would take Tuff with us a lot of times when we went for ride and he was very athletic. He could jump in the back of Gregg's old truck with the tailgate up! There were many times that he would drive me crazy, but he was a good dog! We have a video of him down by the river hiking a football between his legs just like a person. I tried hard to get the video camera to hook to my computer, but I have lost the cd! When we moved over here to our new neighborhood, Tuff has been able to roam free. There are a few of the dogs that like to chase cars. Tuff has NEVER chased cars before, but since we have been over here, I guess the "pack mentality" led him to be like the others. Friday night he chased one of our neighbors trucks, and got too close and was hit. Gregg and I were out of town when we got the call around 9:30. We got home around 10 and Gregg went and got the backho and dug a hole for us to bury him in. I will have to say that Tuff lived a very good life! I think he was such a good dog because we rescued him and gave him a good home. I wanted to share some of the pictures that I had of Tuff. There are few that I wish I could have found, But these will do.
This was the night we found him
This was taken shortly after we got married.
This was our first Christmas Picture as a couple. I was about 4 months pregnant with the twins!
Tuff watching Kenadi! She really loved him!
They always loved running up to the fence and petting him!
Playing with him in the back of Shorty's truck.
They thought it was funny that he laid down, so they had to lay down too!
Giving Kaidi Kisses!
She loved him just as much as Kenadi!
He was very sweet!