Do you want to come down memory lane with me? Wow,,I don't know who these people are in this picture from 1980 something but those are our dogs!! Susie is the doberman and Fea is the little boston terrier mix. When JP and I got married he already had Fea and she was queen of the castle so I took my place beside her. She and I became true napping companions. She and I would follow the sun across our waterbed until it went away (we'd start on one side of the bed and as the sun moved we'd scoot right over with it.) This is the only dog I've ever put clothes on but this dog loved her little Christmas sweater and would just melt when we put it on her.
We got Susie as a puppy from my dad. There was no way I was gonna clip her ears so they stayed as God made them. Susie was such a sweet dog and fiercely protective of our son. When discipline was in order for our son the door had to be closed because that was her buddy in there. But one of the funniest things was to send our son off running and she would run and tackle him. Man, he fell for that every time. We really didn't abuse him - he turned out fine!
We "dog sat" Andy for my friend while she "found him a home" because she could not keep him. Does this sound familiar? Anyway, we ended up keeping him. He was an escape artist. He would jump or climb our fence, go around the neighborhood and flip the gates open and let all the neighborhood dogs out and they'd go off on an adventure. We really didn't have many friends after Andy moved in. But Andy was one-of-a-kind, he loved to go to the local pound. They'd pull up and open the back of their truck up and Andy would jump right in. It's really not a good sign when you walk in to the animal shelter and the receptionist calls to the back "Andy's mom is here." They only charged me bail for Andy once, after that it was kind of a game. He had a lot of friends down there!
Next you meet my sweetie, Dutchess Sugar Bandit, our Keeshound. Somehow I got into a pet store and the next thing I know JP and I are in one of those little "meet me" rooms with this little ball of fur spinning in circles at my feet. Then we took a walk through the mall while I plead my case and figure out a way that I don't have to leave her there. As you see, she came home with us. One of her interesting traits was when I fed her she would spin clockwise until I put down the bowl. We couldn't make her go counter clockwise! Huh, right? It's hard to have a favorite when they all bring such different personalities to the party but Sugar was definitely one of my loves.
It's great to look back and see the good old days and great companions we've had once in a while. I'm glad you came with me! Blessings from the holler.