Rescue dogs are the best!

Thank you Home Goods for selling this cheap thrill that will provide endless laughter this holiday season with our rescue dog, Corduroy. Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread dog.


Our shelter dogs rescued us


In celebration of National Dog Day we wanted to share a short bit about our pride and joys with you. Nope, they’re not Snots from the movie Christmas Vacation, but they’re not too far off.

Although Cubbie (white) and Finley (brown) were adopted, we like to think that they rescued us, not the other way around. They picked us out of the litter of possible owners because they’re as unique as our family – they are both amputees. Cubbie was born with a birth defect to his left front paws. Finley had one of his rear legs amputated when he was 8 years old after his original owner let a severely broken bone get too infected. Given John’s leg amputation, we knew they fit perfectly into the Mabry family circus. We couldn’t imagine our family without them.

The thing about many rescue dogs like these is that they are so appreciative of being welcomed into a loving home. Ok, maybe they don’t relish the fact that baby Sawyer pulls at their fur or takes mom and dad’s attention away from them, but at least she’s good at dropping expensive, organic food on the floor from her high chair that she doesn’t want to eat.

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I consider Cubbie and Finley my therapy buddies. I can’t tell you how many times they have been there for me, to support me emotionally, when I was sad, worried or depressed. They are more effective than any antidepressant I could ever take. So go out and let a dog rescue you today!

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Cubbie, the world’s greatest therapy dog who makes the most annoying sound in the world!

Meet Cubbie Mabry in this heart touching video! Cubbie came into the world a disabled pup with a deformed front paw. Then he was relentlessly beaten and neglected by his original owner. Cubbie was plucked up off the streets of San Diego and was 4 hours away from being put to sleep.

We rescued him in 2004 when we saw he had a disabled paw that he could barely use. With me being an amputee, he fit right in with us. Some of his “cute” characteristics are that Cubbie has separation anxiety disorder, he doesn’t understand personal space, cannot be more than 10 feet from Sarah or his separation anxiety kicks in and he breaks out into “the most annoying sound in the world” (you’ll see what we mean at the end of the video).

Of all that this boy has been through he selflessly gives his heart to whoever will accept him. He’s the best “therapy buddy” you’ll ever meet and he is loved to death in the Mabry home!

Meet Finley, the happiest three-legged dog in town

We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to another one of the unique characters in MABRY LIVING’s Reality Video Series…FINLEY!

Finley is a Pomeranian mix who was rescued from Willie’s Happy Endings Senior & Special Needs Animal Rescue in 2012 with a severely fractured right rear femur that had healed so poorly over time without treatment that he needed to have his leg amputated. We adopted this fluffy ball of happiness a few months later. He fit perfectly into our family, considering that we already have a three-legged white Pomeranian, Cubbie and since John has an amputated leg as well.

At any given time Finley can be found doing three things: smiling, sleeping and eating. He is always in a good mood and willing to jump up in your lap to comfort you. The cute thing is that he can’t jump since he’s missing a hind leg. So he requires a little extra attention in getting himself up on the couch or bed.

His other two big personality traits are reminiscent of a lazy college football player who is in a fraternity – who sleeps often and late and is constantly eating and farting.  Who needs a robotic vacuum cleaner when you have a Finley? He’s proud to always be on duty as he scours the kitchen and dining room looking for any scraps to chow on. Trying to manage his weight when exercising is difficult is an ongoing challenge for this stout fellow.

Finley is currently single, enjoys sleeping and eating and is always looking for a good time. If you have any female pets looking for a dashing, washed-up, middle-aged disabled dog, search no further than Finley Mabry!