Since our beloved Rocky died a year ago, I have not owned a dog. I borrow dogs to fill that compulsive need to hold a loving adorable canine in my arms. This week I am dog-sitting my two most favorite dogs, Sunny and Smokie. Sunny is a Maltese mix, a four-year-old beseeching and beguiling little thing who quickly became Alpha dog when she was rescued from a shelter to be shy Smokie's sister.
She has a thick coat of blond hair, a curly tail, and learned along the way to stand on her hind legs and beg by pumping her front legs, up and down, over and over, until she gets her treat. Her owner grooms her dogs and creates the cutest little faces. See Sunny below.
Smokie, the tiny miniature Schnauzer, has silky coat , mostly silver. She is not groomed in the typical squared Schnauzer cut, but more like a poodle puppy cut.
She wakes me each morning by climbing on my chest, her little nose just inches from my face. Having her here reminds me of how much I loved my four-legged companions.
Barry and I had five dogs. All of them lived long lives except one that became ill and died quickly from an unknown cause.
Brandy, a miniature poodle, had a stubborn streak and was mischievous as they come. Topaz, a German Shepherd, was more dog than I could handle, and we found a better home for her. Nicky, our first Samoyed, stole my heart when he arrived as a puppy and left us too soon. Kodi, my shadow, a Sammy who lived thirteen years, lingers in my memory still. Rocky, a mixed breed rescue, died at fourteen, and he was the most gentle and adaptable of all our dogs.
Resident cat, Tiger, takes the dogs in stride.
She learned a long time ago, although Smokie will bark and try to play, if she simply ignores all the commotion, the dogs will leave her alone.
I am looking for someone who loves cats to give Tiger a good home or someone who will keep her when I go to Florida in 2014. I will pay for all of her food and litter, if she can "board" with someone who will give her some time and attention. Tiger loves, loves people and I hate to leave her alone with only a brief visit from a pet sitter once a day. She deserves so much more.
Do you have a special pet? Have you had one that was especially dear?