Cindy and Rusty Brown are the proud parents of; furry angels Maggie, Molly and Daisy, daughters Meg (27), Kate (30), son in law, Matt (34) and their grandchildren Harrison (2), and Madi Kate (14). Cindy, an Oxford native and Rusty, Vicksburg native, married 6 years ago after meeting through Cindy’s oldest childhood friend and are one big happy family!
Cindy has always been an advocate, mother and sister, to lost or injured, homeless dogs. Her parents, Becky and Ed Meek certainly set her on this path as she grew up with animals who were rescued. They opened their hearts and home to Beagles, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and many chickens, a rabbit, and even a guinea pig adopted from a research department at Ole Miss.
Cindy has had a number of pups as an adult, including: Collies, a Sheltie, a Great Pyrenees and multiple rescue pets. And her children continue to tradition. The extended family currently has 8 pups between them! Rusty grew up with pets as well. His constant companion while attending law school was his dearly loved Lab named Cutter.
The tales of how all of the various rescues came to live with Cindy and her family are rewarding as well as entertaining, not excluding her current pets. Her favorite memories of are the days each of them came to live her. Maggie, a golden/border collie mix, was born in a brush pile on a lot next to the Meek’s home in The Highlands. Cindy’s mom, Becky patiently coaxed her and her 3 siblings out of the pile. Unfortunately, her siblings had distemper and succumbed to the illness, leaving Maggie as the only surviving pup who went to live with Cindy. Molly, a black lab, was adopted from the shelter as a playmate and best friend for Maggie. Cindy asked for a pup they thought would be about Maggie’s size (35-45 lb)s. Here Molly is today at 75 lbs., strong and a loving and wonderful playmate that Maggie couldn’t imagine life without. Last but not least is Daisy. She and her sister, Dolly, were brought into the home as foster pups. The Brown family quickly became attached, and upon Dolly’s adoption, informed the shelter that they couldn’t bear to give Daisy up.
Each sister brings a special strength and character to the group dynamic. Conclusively, Daisy is the tennis ball addict and can bark with a ball in her mouth. Molly is the swimmer and will get in the pool even in the middle of winter but mostly right after her visit to the Spaw. Maggie is the boss and makes sure the other pups know that her Seniority rules!
The Browns’ lives are ever-changing, never lacking in entertainment, and not always perfect. How else would they prefer it? No other way! Love of family, being outdoors with the pets, and lazy days by the pool are the way their world goes around, and it’s their favorite.