Toad the Wet Sprocket

Sprocket meets the write Steph.
Sprocket meets the write Steph.

I had just finished college in the early 90’s, and I did not know what to do with myself. I had been a Family Studies major, and I was too class-weary to go on to graduate school at the time.

Not to mention that I was broke.

So I moved back home to Jachin, in rural south Alabama.

Moving back home, to a rural community, after being so social at college was extremely hard. Extremely. If I wanted to go hang out with friends, I had to drive 2 hours back to Tuscaloosa or travel hours to see my buddies.

One of my good friends, Melanie, was living in Chattanooga and teaching school. She started listening to this cool, local alternative radio station. Boys and girls, before it was “grunge,” it was called “alternative music,” and Melanie got me into it by sending me tapes that she made for me.

[By the way, my friend is Melanie Dickerson, author of several books by Zondervan. Her new book, The Captive Maiden, comes out on October 22nd. I’m very proud of her! She comes from a small, rural town in south Alabama, too.]

One of the bands that Melanie recorded for me was “Toad the Wet Sprocket.”

So when Princess Buttercup suggested “Sprocket” as a name for our rescued pup, Lefty and I both liked it. “It’s like that band, you know, ‘Love & Sprockets,’” I told them.

Lefty meets Sprocket.
Lefty meets Sprocket.
Lefty said that he’d never heard of it before. And Lefty knows a lot of bands. I looked it up online.


Toad the Wet Sprockets.

So that’s what we named this adorable waif of a pup.

Scared little pup hides his head on the way home to Alabama.
Scared little pup hides his head on the way home to Alabama.
Poor little guy. He was found abandoned somewhere in Tennessee or Kentucky and a lady called the shelter about him. He needed a loving, patient home. Snuggles needed a dog companion after losing her bestie, Samson.
Sprocket is very scared of people. But even after 2 days, he is much better because of Snuggles and TLC from our family.
Snuggles and Sprocket like to play.
Snuggles and Sprocket like to play.
We will always love and miss Samson. He will never be forgotten.
But now we can share the loving home that we have—with a little puppy who needs us. (More on Friday.)

Just wook at me now, ev'wybody!
Just wook at me now, ev’wybody!

0 Responses to Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. AWWWW! I think I told you that I took in a shelter rescue, as well, after the loss of one dog. You’re right in that you will never forget the dog you lost, but being able to rescue another who might not otherwise have a good chance does much to help in healing the heart!

    And YAY for rural girls! When I was in high school and college, I thought I was destined for the “big city,” but I came to a town an hour outside of Denver for a job, and I’ve never left, even when given the choice.

    • Love the Denver area. I was at CS for the first time about 4 years ago. I like really, really big metros. I’ve been to Paris and was amazed. I’ve been to Dallas and Munich. Yrs ago, I was in a Dallas mall and saw “Tiffany’s,” but it was Sunday and closed. And I saw a lady w/ a “Tiffany’s” gift bag when I was leaving at the airport. I need to get to NYC one day.

      • Oh, NYC is a MUST! I went there almost a year ago for the first time…something that was on my “bucket list” for 15 years. I don’t know that I’d ever want to live there since you constantly have to fight for space and to get to where you need to go, (I was there for work, and I–a tourist–started getting impatient with other tourists! Haha!) But, my dream is to make a yearly trek there, since there is SO much to see and do! I’m also an adrenaline junkie, and just being there will fill you will such excitement…it has a lot of life to it!

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