Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stops BALBOA by Mark Teeple

by Linda Coors on October 13, 2011

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From day one, Balboa (a brindle boxer that showed up as a stray at my office) has been a motivator. At that time, I had no intention of adopting a dog. I didn’t have time for a dog and after some recent murderous affairs between random dogs and my roosters; I didn’t even like dogs. Balboa had different plans. First, she motivated me to keep her by greeting me each morning when I arrived at my office with her special smile. I had just ran her away the day before. This happened for three consecutive days. Balboa is persistent.

Fast forward two years later (now), Balboa is a constant companion. When approximately 5:00pm arrives each day, she motivates me to, I meant to say demands that we, go outside. If I try to ignore her, Balboa starts her plea (both verbal and physical) that outside is the place we ought to be. Her pleading sound is unique for this specific event as if to say “Daddy, come on, you know what time it is!” She physically places her paws on my back while I am working on the computer if I continue to ignore her verbal hints.

The weather outside is of no consequence to Balboa. The dye in her orange cloth collar has temporarily stained her white furry chest several times after walking in the rain (thank God for Gore-Tex for me). Her insistence to go outside has made walking and or running outside a daily ritual. She won’t take no for an answer. Now, I consider Balboa’s arrival at my office as a blessing from above and I am thankful for this reliable motivator that encourages a daily outside adventure.

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Laurie Paquin October 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

What a great story – what a lucky dog!


R. Stephens October 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

Great Dog!


Laurie Paquin October 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm

This is still my favourite story. I reread it every few days. The picture speaks volumes. Thanks for taking her in.


Mark Teeple October 26, 2011 at 7:15 am

Congratulations on you and your mother’ on the win! I think it is a win for doggies also. I think is great what you all are doing with them.

I never knew how much a dog can add to a person’s life until my Balboa came along. I think a pastor, I talked to one day summed it by saying “God sure knew what He was doing when He created dogs”.

Best wishes for you all and your doggies!


carole paquin October 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Also my favourite story — this is about a dog who rescued herself . . . .right into your life. Many people would have continued to ignore Balboa . . . you didn’t.


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