I met up with Tracey, the winner of the silent auction from the Puppy Up! Gala on Saturday afternoon in Plymouth. The game plan was to meet at Nelson’s Beach but we had no idea it was going to be under construction. I’m not sure what they’re currently doing but portions of the area were completely dug up.
This made no difference whatsoever to Baxter and MacKenzie who were both raring to go when they arrived.
Nor did the rain put a damper on the spirit and sprite of the pair. As soon as we arrived, the sun disappeared and the sky got stormy dark. Thunder rumbled in the distance and we decided to make the best of it. I usually don’t cancel sessions very far ahead of time as the weather in New England is so unpredictable. One minute sunny, the next, storm warnings. Like they say, wait 5 minutes and it’ll change. I’ve learned to live by that phrase and have had a lot of luck with the weather in this profession. Not so much on Saturday afternoon’s session.
But instead of packing it in, I used the time to get acquainted with this wonderful pair of truly remarkable dogs and was pretty excited by the results of the dark sky above the ocean casting an almost mystical appearance in all of the images.
Meet Baxter and Mackenzie. Both were rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico by a group called Save a Sato.
Baxter, a Whippet, Lab, Terrier Mix was brought in with a litter that had Distemper. He was the only survivor and survivor he is. This little guy had an unknown neurological disease as a pup, possibly a result of his fight with Distemper, that disappeared for several years only to reoccur about two years ago at the age of six. He is now eight years old and has had a very cool set of wheels for about a year.
Do not feel sorry for Baxter. His wheels don’t set him back. In fact, they help him fly like the wind, play in the muck and mud and they do not keep him from doing anything that a dog without wheels can do. He loves people and is completely fearless.
MacKenzie, a Jack Russell Terrier, Italian Greyhound mix relies on her buddy Baxter in situations where she may feel a bit uncomfortable. MacKenzie is deaf so she can be a little reactive in certain situations that involve other dogs or things approaching from behind or overhead. I’m glad Tracey brought her along because she did extremely well. We had the beach to ourselves and while she was on alert, she seemed to be relatively at home with her pack surrounding and comforting her. Really, really sweet little lady.
It is very apparent that Tracey, Baxter and MacKenzie are a well woven unit. They are always aware of each others presence, even when Baxter runs off to explore on his own.
They have absolute love and complete trust. Watching their interactions with each other, left me with a lump in my throat.
Baxter and MacKenzie, you embody the true meaning of friendship and loyalty. And you are an inspiration to me and all others that may be struggling to overcome. Thank you for that.
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