But I'm getting ahead of myself in the story. It started when Kathi, who already had two little dogs, Fritzie and Laney Lou, thought maybe she'd like a bigger dog for additional company and security when her husband traveled.
She sent his picture to her husband at work, who reacted with surprise since he thought she wanted a puppy. Nonetheless, he forwarded Murphy's picture to everyone on his staff, and it didn't take long until the peer pressure kicked on and they all decided Kathi and her husband needed to go check out that dog.
The shelter was about an hour away, and Kathi's husband began readying the house for the dog before they'd even left. When she said she thought they were just going to "check him out" he said if they liked him he was coming home with them right away.
At the shelter Murphy greeted them at the door. He towered over the other dogs, and weighed 72 pounds at the time. He's now up to 87!
They took him for a walk and he loved it, even though he pulled quite a bit. They kept thinking there had to be some hidden "catch," but the shelter workers assured them he was a gentleman, and they decided to trust them. They were not disappointed!
Murphy was home in time for Christmas, and this past December they celebrated his one year Gotcha Day.
Murphy is a sweetheart with the other dogs, including their new and rather small chihuahua rescue, Spock.
Basically, Kathi and her husband can't believe their good luck with Murphy. He has become a valued member of their household, and serves as far more than a sense of security for Kathi.