Here is Murphy on a Sunday-run in the snow in about 2006. My father, Robert King Sr. rescued Murphy from the Kennebunk Animal Shelter, Kennebunk, Maine in about 2005. When asked if he picked the dog that acted the most eager to go with him Dad replied “no”. He said that he had picked the dog that appeared to be sad....the one that was curled up in the corner of his cage and appeared most to need love. When Dad brought Murphy in the house that first day the dog whimpered for several days. He was uncertain of his new surroundings. As you can see from the image he got over that!
Dogs are exactly like children in the sense that if they are loved they become happy. Otherwise you can count on problems. If you see a dog that is mad or "vicious".....look into who the owner really is - what he is like. It is just that simple. Murphy had problems when we got him. We were told he was owned by one man who was alone and felt overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for Murphy alone. I know that when I got upset with something and just changed the tone of my voice, Murphy would cower with his tail between his legs and sneak away to another room. And I was not even upset with Murphy.
After Murphy was with us for awhile he really started to enjoy life. His was a rather short life, to 2009 and age 10.
Once, I asked Dad a question the answer to which he had already taught me through the years by example: What is the most important thing to give a pet? He instantly responded “Compassion!”. And that is what every pet got throughout its life (short or long) while with the King family....no exceptions.
Murphy and Dad are greatly missed.