One spring afternoon as I was surfing the net I decided to visit one of my favorite sites. The Malinois rescue website. Not really sure what possessed me since I have a wonderful, crazy, 110% malinois named Marley Rose and honestly wasn’t in the market for another puppy. As I scrolled aimlessly through the rescues my eyes suddenly caught the picture of a beautiful, Malinois named Isaac. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. He had such a wonderful, warm look in his big brown eyes. I called my husband over to take a look. He agreed that he was a handsome young fella, as we say here in Texas. My husband quickly reminded me that we didn’t need another dog and especially another Mal!! As the months went by I continued to visit the website to “check” on Isaac. I was always so happy to see that he was still there. There was something very special about this dog and I couldn’t let it go. Then one day it happened. I sent an email to the foster mom, Beverly. As soon as I hit send I knew I was in trouble! Of course I told her I was just interested in why he was a rescue since he was so beautiful and really didn’t have any issues. From that moment on we continued to exchange emails. The biggest concern was that Isaac lived in OHIO and we live in TEXAS. Beverly quickly realized that we loved Mals and since we didn’t have kids we might be a possibility! One day I asked Beverly, via email, where did Isaac come from originally. She sent me the name of the lady in Mississippi who was the first to rescue him. I decided to send Kathy an email to further my investigation. The next morning at 5am I opened my email to Kathy’s response. As I quickly skimmed the pages my eyes fixated on one sentence… “he came from a great breeder named Mason’s Heartland.” My heart stopped. Marley’s breeder from Arkansas, got Marley’s dad from Mason’s Heartland. I knew right then and there that Isaac and Marley were related some how. I flew downstairs to tell my husband the news. From that moment, we knew, Isaac would become part of our family. About a month later, Jim, Beverly’s husband made the trip to Nashville and my husband and I flew over to pick up “our new addition.” It has been the single best decision my husband and I have ever made. Isaac and Marley have been inseparable since they first met a year ago. They are 13 months apart, with Isaac now 3 and Marley 2.

Isaac and Marley in October 2007

Isaac and Marley in October 2007


With a little more research we found out that Isaac’s dad and Marley’s dad are brothers! Who would have ever guessed. The breeder sold him as a “family dog” knowing that he would never be a bomb or SAR’s dog.
Isaac with Marley in the background

Isaac with Marley in the background


The man that bought Isaac tried to sell him as a bomb dog. Once he realized that wasn’t going to happen he gave Isaac to Kathy. Kathy is a wonderful SAR’s trainer and a huge advocate of Malinois. She said Isaac was never mistreated just didn’t have much human contact. She desperately wanted to get him away from the kennel and in the home of a loving family. I am forever indebted to Kathy, Jim and Beverly for opening their hearts and their homes to give Isaac the love and attention that he so deserved.
Waiting for his bagel with cream cheese from Daddy!

Waiting for his bagel with cream cheese from Daddy!


From the moment I first saw his big brown eyes I knew he was special. I’m so happy I followed my heart. Our family is complete. He is loved and spoiled! He and Marley go to doggie day care, swimming, long walks, rabbit chasing, squirrel hunting, trips to the grandparents house and any other activity that makes his eyes twinkle….those BIG BROWN EYES!
Isaac and Marley are best-friends!

Isaac and Marley are best-friends!