Meet Thor

How a shopping trip for a lawnmower turned into an awesome puppy rescue story.

Last week I shared with you the story of how Loki became a member of our family. This week I’ll finally (after 5 years) share Thor’s story.


It all began because we needed a new lawnmower. Being the cheap  frugal person that I am, I headed out on a Saturday morning in August to search all of my favorite thrift stores. None of them had a lawnmower at a decent price so, being frustrated, I headed to Walmart to just give in and pay full price (which I HATE to do!)

It had been raining hard off and on all day as it tends to do during the Florida rainy season.  As I started pulling into the parking lot, I noticed a woman with a shopping cart next to her. In the shopping cart was a toddler of about 18 months and an infant under 3 months of age. Under her arm she held a small puppy. And that’s when it happened…


She stepped right in front of my moving, rather large Ford Excursion!


I was a bit taken aback but figured she was going to ask for money or a ride somewhere. I rolled down my window and this is what she said,


“Please take this puppy! It’s the last one left and no one will take it. I can’t take him home because my landlord said he’s kick me out if we still had any tomorrow! I can’t keep the kids out in the rain and I DON’T want to take him to animal services. They kill pit bulls there!” As she was saying this she handed me the puppy through the window. I told her I’d have to check with my husband. Then I asked her a few questions about this cute little guy.


I guess this where I tell you that I already had a dog at home, Rover.




rover Rover was an older male beagle who was nearly blind and nearly deaf but still as annoying lovable as he ever was.  Of course, Rover was a handful. I couldn’t even imagine another dog in our house. But IF I ever got another dog, (and it was a BIG IF) it would be a male brindle pit bull AND it would come to ME. I wouldn’t go find it. So anyway…


This puppy WAS a male brindle pit bull. Talk about destiny or the universe working in your favor or a God thing or what have you!

So of course I said I’d take this little bundle of love. How could I NOT take him?


BUT You know what they say, right? There is no such thing as a FREE puppy! Less than a week later I had to take him to the emergency vet because he was soo sick. He had the worst cause of worms and dehydration that they had seen. So nearly $500 later, my Free puppy was a happy healthy member of our family.


Of course that wasn’t our only experience with Thor and the emergency vet. A few years later, he and a motorcycle had a bit of a run in. You can read about that experience here.


Thor is such an important part of our family. I couldn’t imagine life without him.



Next week, I’ll tell you how Loki and Thor met and how they get along now...




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