Celebrating Styx

Styx turns 2 today! I think it may be more exciting to me than it is for him but he definitely enjoys being celebrated none-the-less. For those who have joined me here recently, Styx is my second rescue dog. He was picked up as a stray in New Mexico, when no one had come to claim him, the clock was ticking. He was scheduled to be euthanized when a Colorado rescue group ‘tagged’ him, he was then transported to Colorado and put into foster care. He was in Colorado for just a week when my husband and I picked him up for a trial run.

Styx’s first hike. He was so nervous around the edge of the cliffs. ©VictoriaLise


A trial is when you spend up to 4 days with an animal to determine whether or not you’re a good fit. We had absolutely no intention of returning him to the shelter but agreed to the trial terms as we were told he was a little s@#t with no manners or obedience.  Dogs are returned often because they aren’t obedient or have a few behavioral issues. Time, energy, commitment, and patience are just a few things dogs should require in humans before being adopted. I can tell you all of those characteristics go a very long way.

His first spring in Colorado. ©VictoriaLise

Styx was definitely a challenge but not an impossible one. We were told he was 2 years when we rescued him but our veterinarian informed us he was still under a year. He couldn’t even scratch his ears without falling backwards.

Water used to be so frightening, not anymore! ©VictoriaLise

Not only was he young but he was exposed to things he had never experienced like the vacuum, the leash, and the car. All things that frightened him. He would bite when unsure, he was not fond of affection or anyone in his space. If we brought a new piece of furniture inside he would bark at it for at least 15 minutes. He chased cars and bikes and cattle with no regard to our calls. At that point the only time he was relaxed was when we were in the woods having a fire and he could be off leash. Maybe because that’s how his first months of life were spent off leash, outside, and on his own.

Climbing Mountains! ©VictoriaLise

We’ve had him just over a year and a half now and in that time he has unfurled into the dog he was meant to be. We found what worked for Styx and in doing so, Styx began to trust us, to see us as his pack. He ignores cars when they pass and actually not only ignores them but knows to sit when they are passing. He has learned how to be social without over dominating which used to turn into aggression.  He knows sit, shake, sit proper, lay down, and stay. He will show you them all in hopes you reward him with a treat.

Happy Mountaineer. ©VictoriaLise

He lays before his food until you tell him ‘okay’, he responds to our call when off leash and takes pride in staying near his pack. Except for today when he thought he should take off after a couple of horses, this was a first as he has been in a pasture with horses before and paid them no mind. Of course today when I’m singing him high praise does he do something terribly naughty!  He howled for the very first time this month during the full moon alongside the wild coyotes. He absolutely loves the snow (Colorado was a perfect state for him) and catching snowballs.

Me and my boy! ©VictoriaLise

Styx is an absolute joy to our lives making them richer and fuller and more exciting with each passing day. It has been an honor to be a part of his journey especially the challenging parts. As I learned with Bear, who we rescued as a senior, time is fleeting. So while I’ve definitely had moments of frustration (like today) I have also tried to immerse myself in each one of those moments because one day these will just be stories of pastime.


Everyday is a tail-wagging adventure with Styx. Everyday he looks at the world through instinct and heart. Someday’s too much instinct but never too much heart.

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What’s life like with your pet?  Tell me below! Animal stories are my favorite! 



  1. Debi walls

    HappyHappy birthday my handsome grandson I love u especially when ur ornrey a friend is a fellow without a sham and loves your faults and frankly don’t give a dam that’s styxie loves u no matter what it don’t no better than that kid 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾

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    1. I just love that! Thank you xo


  2. A heartwarming story, Tori, and beautiful photos of your family adventures. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. Hope you are feeling well!!

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  3. What a beautiful post. Styx is such a handsome dog. I can appreciate the joys of owning him. I have my own rescue dog, Harry who has been with me for the past ten years. He’s such a huge part of my life. Lovely photos

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    1. Thank you so very much! That is amazing 10 years with Harry! I’m sure you two have quite the bond. I hope to have many years with Styx as well. Thank you so much for sharing ~ Tori

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      1. My pleasure Tori.

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  4. PaperPuff

    He is a beauty, and sounds great fun. So nice that there are people like you who will persevere with a rescue pet and give them a loving home.

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    1. Aww thank you, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am working on buying enough land to start a sanctuary for animals who have a hard time finding homes (whatever the reason). Right now I have Bears mission which focuses on Animal Advocacy/Education & Networking. One step at a time! Happy weekend!

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      1. PaperPuff

        I wish you loads of luck with the project. Hope it works out!


  5. […] more about Bear, here.) All that I was finding was pretty hard to swallow and once we had adopted, Styx who was on the euthanasia list at a high kill shelter in NM, I began learning about the […]


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