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Sir Frederick (bear) Theodore Smith of Casa Tyr wins our hearts


My regular readers will know how heartbroken we 3 at Casa Tyr have been, ever since our wonderful dog Fitz died just before Christmas. He had such a huge  heart and wonderful character; the strength and patience he showed when dealing with cancer and chemo was truly humbling.

We haven’t been the same since. Add to that the operation that Kenton had in March, from which recovery is slow. Then add to the mix my spider bite and subsequent infection – it’s not been a great 2014 so far, but it certainly has been memorable.

We had always planned on getting another puppy – we think that it’s better to have 2, to have like-minded company for them to run with, and to keep each other company when left in kennels.

It was such a hard decision to actually take, to get a puppy. Every time I looked online for one, it just made me sad. People with pets probably understand how we felt, but those who have never had pets probably won’t. It’s just the way it is.

Anyway, we finally did it. We found a family in a nearby town who had a litter of boxers, and of course, once we saw them, we had no choice. We really like home-bred dogs, they are much better socialised, and used to relating to people. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So home with us Freddie (aka Freddie Bear, Freddy Teddy) came. It’s taken us awhile to totally warm to him, but that didn’t surprise us. But finally, with his funny ways and big personality, he won our hearts.

Even Milo cuddles and plays with him now, and that was always going to be the hardest audience of them all! I think Fitz would approve.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

8 thoughts on “Sir Frederick (bear) Theodore Smith of Casa Tyr wins our hearts

  1. I understand your broken heart. It took me about a year to start sleeping normally after the loss of Daisy and 12 years before we could consider another dog. If I had taken Dick to look at puppies sooner, he probably would have “caved”, just as you did. More work, more expensive but hopefully good comfort for all of you! xo Diane


    • Hi Diane, thanks for posting! It is so hard to get over a pet loss, but I wouldn’t miss the fun and love of having one (most of the time!!) xx


  2. Hi Ann
    what a time you have all had so far this year. Hope Freddy is now a part of the team he looks so cute.
    We at the moment are celebrating Rick’s 75th birthday, although he is of the opinion it is more commiserate than celebrate. Hope tge spider bite clears up I am always amazed how long these things take to clear up once it takes hold I have been battling a nasal infection since last september.
    take care you guys we hope to get over in october.
    xx jas


  3. TOO cute! What a little sweetie – that face, those eyes! How could he not end up stealing your hearts? But I do relate to what you said about not wanting to get a new pup too soon. As you know, I wasn’t even looking for another kitten when Morcilla happened along. Born on the same day as Azar – had to be a sign, right? (even though I don’t actually believe in “signs” as such). And it did take a little while, but she has pretty muched healed my broken heart to the point that thinking about Azar isn’t painful anymore, though I still miss him. And I KNOW that he would totally approve of Morcilla too.

    This is such happy news! It’s made my day. 🙂


    • Thanks, Shawn – as with your Azar, it has been a rough road, and for a time I wasn’t even sure I wanted another dog. Hard to continually risk your heart, isn’t it!? xx


  4. Hi, I found your blog through another, as we are currently in the local area and would love to visit an olive farm! Are you open to visitors, or if not do you know of anywhere locally that is? We are here for the rest of the week, so if you have a chance to get back to me that would be great! (Gorgeous puppy by the way!) Catherine and Rafal


    • hi Catherine! Thanks for reading the blog, and so sorry I didn’t reply earlier – we had family visiting and all web and business activities take second place! Are you still around?