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Mozart and Magellan at Zilker Park

Mozart and Magellan at Zilker Park

I’ve been waiting to post this for a long time. Scratch that, I just haven’t done it. But I’m so excited to finally share some great pictures of our new pup Magellan playing at Zilker Park. We rescued Magellan back in January from a bad situation. He had a textbook flea infection which caused hair loss on the back half of his body. He had never had a chance to run around and play in his first 8 months of life, so he was weak and small for his age. But after treatment, socialization, and lots of love, his personality blossomed in just a few short weeks.

These photos were taken back at the end of January, after only having him for two weeks. It’s amazing for us to see the difference between how he looked when we got him and how he looked in these pictures. He could barely run and didn’t have the strength to jump and play, but you could tell that he was completely in love with his new life.

We didn’t think that we would adopt a new dog this close to losing Quinn (for those who don’t know, our eldest dog passed away in November), but Magellan needed a new home so badly and we realized that providing that loving home for him would be a great way to honor Quinn’s memory.

Mark and I keep looking at these photos over and over, ooh-ing and ahh-ing and giggling over how cute our dogs are. Mozart’s droopy face makes my dog mama self feel all lovey-dovey inside. And Magellan’s curiosity about the world around him is just so apparent in these photos.

Mozart has learned to be the quintessential big brother, whileΒ he used to be the annoying younger brother to Quinn. It’s quite amazing to see the difference. I think losing his big brother changed him in many ways. We have had to struggle with the loss of Quinn AND with the loss of Mozart’s former personality, but we’re relishing the new side of Mozart that we’re seeing now. That’s life, I guess. Change is the only constant.

Zilker Park is a huge lawn of over 350 acres on the river across from downtown. Many festivals are held here, including ACL Festival, the Kite Festival, Trail of Lights, and more. But the best thing about it is what it gives to the locals. There is a ton of space for pick-up games of ultimate frisbee, soccer, football, volleyball, plus more space for picnicking, flying kites, yoga, quiddich, and even just lounging around. Zilker is an off-leash park, so it’s a great place for dog-lovers and dogs of all shapes and sizes.

One day I’ll have a post just about Zilker Park and it’s amazingness, but for now, here are my amazing pups! πŸ˜‰ (The other dog is our friend’s dog, Scout, who we were babysitting at the time. We love her, too, and we get to babysit her so much that we refer to ourselves as her stepparents now! Haha.)

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Aren’t they the best?! I love my pups. But I find myself wishing that Magellan could have known Quinn. They would love each other!! (Quinn would be wary at first, of course, but he would warm up. Hehe!)

[All photos were taken in January 2015.]

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    April 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    What precious boys!! And I’m so glad Magellan has found a wonderful new & safe home!

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    Debi (thatdebi)
    April 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    LOVE your dogs. They are gorgeous!! So sorry about Quinn, the loss of a pet is such a hard thing to deal with. I am glad you are able to bring this guy into such a happy home though.

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      Bailey K.
      April 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you so much. We miss him! And Magellan is a perfect addition. πŸ™‚

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    Megan @ All That Glitters
    April 18, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Awww how cute! Zilker is our favorite place to take Sophie!

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    Jaime
    April 18, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Oh my goodness, your dogs are beautiful!! So happy you were able to rescue him.

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    Karissa
    April 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Great looking dogs. Looks like your new dog is a great fit.

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    Valerie Darling
    April 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Both of your dogs are such cuties! And I love their names. Totally original.

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      Bailey K.
      April 18, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Thanks so much! I love them too, but just the other day I realized I live with all boys that have names starting with “M”. Mark, Mozart, and Magellan. We didn’t do it on purpose at all! Our next dog name will have to break the mold. I can’t stand too much of a pattern! πŸ˜‰

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    Jasmine
    April 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Awwww. I love seeing pictures of dogs. Makes me miss mine a little though. He lives with my parents bc of my apt. It sucks.

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    Very Erin
    April 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    What a couple of cuties! Basically all I do is ooh and aah at pictures of my dog, so I know how you feel!

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    Mandi Roach @ All My Happy Endings
    April 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

    What a beauty! Great Dane or Dane mix? I am partial to the breed – I’ve mothered 4 Danes in my lifetime, two being rescues. Right now, I’m limited on living space with 4 two-legged children, but hope to one day get the opportunity to again love a Dane. There’s something so very special about them.

    And what a great place to raise them – Austin offers so many canine amenities.

    XOXO,
    Mandi

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      Bailey K.
      April 17, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      His previous owners said that he is full great dane but I’m not so sure. There are a lot of features of him that aren’t as great dane-ish as others. And yes, Austin is amazing for dogs!! πŸ™‚

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    Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog
    April 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

    So sorry you lost one of your dogs. We went through that a little while back and it’s never easy to say goodbye. Looks like all the pups are getting along great now! Love the name too. =)

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      Bailey K.
      April 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Yes, you’re right. It was the hardest thing (and still is, really) that I’ve ever had to go through. And yes, they are getting along great! We’re pretty particular about our dog’s names. We named Magellan after the explorer, obviously. πŸ™‚

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    Aliza B
    April 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

    What cute pups! It looks like you had a great day at the park. We don’t have any dog parks near here and I wish that we did. Our little pup loves to fun! We rescued our dog Oakley from a bad situation too. She was a little shaky at first and it took her a while to warm up to our family and begin to trust us. We have had her for 2 years, but it feels like she’s always been part of our family.

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      Bailey K.
      April 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Sounds like Oakley has found a great forever family!! Zilker isn’t really a dog park, they just allow dogs to be off-leash there. That’s how many of the parks in Austin are, since Austin is so dog-friendly.

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    Courtney
    April 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Oh gosh, so cute!!! That is awesome that you got to take him and give him the love he deserved. We got our Lizzy from the Humane Society and she’d been neglected and skin and bones. We got many dirty looks at the dog park when the first couple years until we packed some meat on her bones.

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      Bailey K.
      April 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      I hate those dirty looks. Silly people! When Quinn died, Mozart lost weight rapidly with what we presume to be depression since his food regimen hadn’t changed whatsoever, so we got a lot of those mean comments then. It was heartbreaking. But Mozart’s completely better now!

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    Elle Spann
    April 17, 2015 at 8:59 am

    They are adorable!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ So sorry about your loss- losing a pet is the worst.

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    Rowan
    April 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

    OMG they are the cutest doggies ever!! I am envious! Looks like a great park too πŸ™‚ sorry to hear about Quinn too – my fiancees dog, Taz sadly passed in November too – I definitely feel your pain!

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      Bailey K.
      April 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much. We miss him a lot!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    April 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Adorable! Both are such sweethearts <3

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