Monday, January 7, 2008

Fun Monday # 10

Lisa at Lisa's Chaos is hosting Fun Monday this week and she wants to meet our pets. To do this I'm going to recycle and combine two posts from when I first started my blog last Spring. I'd like you to meet my four legged children. They all came already named from the animal shelter. The nicknames, unfortunately, are all ours.




First is Trixie, also known as Trixie Belle, Bella, Trix, girly girl, golden eyed girl, Bella Boo, Your Majesty and Whiny (rhymes with stich). Mostly, we call her The Diva, because she is. We brought Trixie home in August 2000 and she’s pretty much ruled things since. Even though she’s the smallest of the three dogs, she’s definitely the alpha dog. She and the Film Geek have each other wrapped around the others fingers. Paws? I’d be jealous if she didn’t have to pee in the yard. My family always had dogs when I was growing up, but my husband thought he was allergic as a kid. He says it still amazes him how much he loves having dogs and it’s all because of her.


Trixie’s specialty is whining to go out. For some reason she thinks if I’m not the one to let her out it doesn’t count. She will walk past three people sitting right by the back door to come find me; through the dining room, through the living room, up the stairs, through the library and into my bedroom, where I’m happily dreaming of Hugh Grant. She’ll get right in my face and whine pitifully. I’ll climb out of bed and retrace her path backwards, saying bad words all the way. When I come to the people sitting right by the door I’ll say really bad words. It’s a game she never tires of, and my bad word vocabulary continues to grow. Forgive me, Hugh.



Next is Isaiah, full name Isaiah Elvis Beans, AKA Izzy, Beans, the Sparkplug, StarButt and The Most Perfect Dog in the World. Guess who he has wrapped around his paw? That would indeed be me. This is the sweetest, gentlest dog you will ever meet, although he can be pretty fierce and protective when he needs to be. He was abandoned and abused as a puppy, and he just oozes gratitude for the life he’s fallen into.


We adopted him in February 2002, because we saw a Humane Society ad with his picture and he looked just like Trixie. I secretly went to the pound out of curiosity and this little butterball of a dog climbed straight into my lap. That was all, folks. I had the paperwork in process before I even went home. If you think I didn’t have a lot of explaining to do to my husband, think again. He had no idea we were in the market for a second dog. In real life he doesn’t look a thing like Trixie. It must be fate.

My precious boy’s only drawback is that he is severely intestinally challenged. He has been known to clear an entire room in one fell swoop. If you ever see any of my kids jump up and run out of a room for apparently no reason, take my advice and follow them, for your own sake. One time when we had people over he ate an entire serving bowl of seven layer bean dip and we had to move the party outside. Even the other dogs were disgusted. Do you know how hard it is to disgust a lab?




Last is DeeDee, also known as Dumb Dog, Needy DeeDee, Destructive Dog, the Escape Artist, psycho (rhymes with stich) and the Walrus. She is our newest addition, adopted in March 2005. She is obviously the Film Geek’s payback for Isaiah.

Listen to what happened. We went to the shelter to drop off our recycling and the kids wanted to go in and look. We said why not? Mistake number one. Then we see this skinny black lab, with, in my husband’s immortal words “the flattest ears I’ve ever seen." The what? He said we should read her information card on her kennel. I said why not? Mistake number two. Well, the dog and her brother had been brought in together by a family that was unable to keep them anymore. On her info card, under Special Skills, it said she was trained to a cow bell. A what? It was a toss up by that point who was looking at me more imploringly, the dog or the husband.


Fast forward…we brought her home. I kind of owed him one. Mistake number three? Well, the kids adore her and she’s fabulous with them. She's the most territorial and protective dog we have. And she really doesn't have a cranky bone in her body - she's very sweet. Having fed her for two years, however, I have a better understanding of why her first family couldn’t keep her. She has some serious abandonment issues, as in she never stops eating. She’s enormous. I’ll bet she weighs twice what she did when we brought her home. And her ears aren't even remotely flat anymore. Hmm.


All doggy positions in our household are now filled. No further applications are being accepted.

47 comments:

janet said...

they're so cute!!

janet said...

they're so cute!!

ped crossing said...

Oh come on, there are two more humans that could be paired with a dog. The dogs are still outnumbered. Maybe that is a good thing.

They are cute, but big. I prefer a more medium sized dog. Preferably something I can lift.

Nan said...

Your dogs are adorable!! It was fun finding out how they found their way to you! :^D

Gattina said...

Hahaha ! wonderful post ! so nice to read today's Fun Monday !

my4kids said...

Love the dogs! The first one is cute!

Flowerpot said...

wonderful dogs - and they look so happy!

The very nice man said...

Great post. Shame about you not accepting further dogs! My Jamie wants to come and play.

Jen said...

Having grown up with shelter dogs/strays myself, you're doing pretty good. We thought about getting a dog, but realized TFYO was just too nervous around them, so cats it was.

Just keep telling yourself you have no more room for dogs. They have a way of turning up unexpectedly *grin*

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I think if I'd seen the middle one, I'd have brought him home too. What a sweetie! Actually, they're all sweeties.

Potty Mummy said...

Lovely looking dogs, but I agree with you; 3 is enough. It's probably worth while paying the recycling firm to collect if it means you have to pass the pound on the way...

ChrisB said...

I love the way Trixie has you trained!!

They have found a loving home with you~ I'm not convinced you couldn't find room for the right candidate!!

Hootin' Anni said...

So, you've decided to hang out a "No Vacancy" sign at your door for pets now, huh? LOL

Love the photos, and especially love the names you chose. A great post. R C.

Have a great Fun Monday!

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Good stories and very cute furry friends. So have you learned yet, to avoid the Humane Society... we drive as far around it as possible. We, too, are weak. But.... it's so hard to not go and just look..........

laurie said...

yay! i've been waiting to meet your dogs, RC. three is a lot. but i can see why you have each one. i love the story on how you got Isaiah.

and what great names you came up with for all of them!

here's a tip on Isaiah's intestinal probems (because boscoe has the same challenge):

PROZYME. it's an enzyme. you sprinkle 1/2 tsp on his food each time, and it really helps him digest better.

very easy to find online.

if the gassiness continues, you can also brew fennel tea (just simmer 1 tsp of fennel in a cup of water, strain it, and add 3 Tbsp to his food each time)

believe me, these have been life-savers for us. especialy the Prozyme.

trust me.

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Kaycie said...

They are all adorable. And big. Very big. My dogs both fit underneath one arm. I don't think I could do that with yours!

thefoodsnob said...

I don't think you need to fill any dog positions for a LONG while!
(They're all very cute!)

Lisa

kitten said...

You have some good doggies there! My daddy had a dog named Trixie when I was real little. She was a small dog. If dady told her to watch his stuff while he slept or other wise. He did this one time when I took a nap with him. I woke up and she wouldn't let me down and I had to pee really bad, so I peed on my dad. LOL! He never told Trixie to watch us agian while we were napping.

Lil Mouse said...

the pups i wrote about first today (more to come later) ate and ate and ate, until we asked the vet and he said, just fill the bowls and keep them full, they'll quit after a while, and they did. once they realized there would always be food, they slowed down quite a bit. they had 9 brothers and sisters and both parents eating out of the same both, poor things! but they're fine now. apparently, they even will eat side by side. i can't wait to see that!

Sandy said...

I love this post! The love you have for your dogs just shines through. I don't know who is luckier - you or them...

susan said...

I love how you have so many fun nicknames for your puppies!

auntie barbie said...

Love the pics and stories. We have 3 also along with a large cat and thats enough for me. Yesterday a friend called looking for a home for a stray and I almost caved in untill I took a look at my husband and realized I would be homeless if I took another in.

Pamela said...

A great story --- and I'm quite sure they were all meant to be.

Just having them smile at me makes me want to go out and get a dog at the shelter.

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

There is always room for one more you know!

THey are all gorgeous!

Akelamalu said...

Wonderful - they're lucky dogs! Our's has just had puppies - wanna see????


Only joking we haven't got a dog. :)

aims said...

You have a lovely family!

Thalia's Child said...

I love the colouring on Trixie - I'm a sucker for a chocolate bar dog - they remind me of my teenage love affair with the Mars bar.

They look like lovely beasts, all three of them - I miss having a dog :(

Joy T. said...

What a great group of furbabies! That smiley first picture is melting my heart. They are all adorable, especially the chubby one LOL

Diana said...

You've just got to love the puppy-dogs, don't you? I never had a dog until I was 25 and am so glad that my kids are being raised with a dog (and a cat).

Talk about unconditional (and neurotic) love.

Potty Mummy said...

Looking at the number of comments on this post RC, I think I need to get some pets if I want to increase traffic to my blog. Or just make some up...

Alison said...

They are adorable...look at their eyes...they melted my heart. They can visit anytime!! Just don't tell my husband, he will kill me...

Eileen said...

I love your dogs and they way you know their personalities so well. I can tell how much they mean to you. They are all so cute and special. Love them!! Thanks for showing them to us, it made me smile and feel so happy. Almost made me want to go get a 2nd dog. Sadie has been so depressed since my brother's dog left! She needs a friend, besides the cat.
XOXO

Lisa said...

Look at those faces! I couldn't sat no to a one of them! :o)

mjd said...

I can tell by reading this post that you love your dogs. I also love their funny nicknames.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I know the feeling about all applications are now null & void. I laugh at how your husband thought he didn't like dogs. Mine? The one who burped ours? Hated them too! Hmmm.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Wow! We're a passionate bunch about our four legged kids, aren't we?

Thanks to everyone for their comments. Welcome to all the new people and I hope to see you back! Normally I check back in a lot more than this, but...

Some days are crazy!!

lisa's chaos said...

Yea! Another doggie person. You have some nice looking pets, are you sure you don't need one more?

Cynthia said...

I like 'em. Good dog stories!

gibnjen said...

Your dogs have such great stories behind them, it definitely seems like they're all there for a reason. Cute1

Faye said...

So our Isaiah Elvis is the leaky one? Isn't it always the one with the most innocent face. I believe that Laurie has a recipe to help with this issue.

And DeeDee finds psychological comfort from her food bowl. Don't we all?

Jo Beaufoix said...

I love your dogs RC. They are all so full of character. I am getting so dog broody here. Mr B may come home and find an addition...Or maybe not. We will have one though.

Tiggerlane said...

That is so cool that you rescued the dogs - and I'm like you, I wouldn't have been able to resist Izzy Beans.

Dog Lovers are the BEST people!

Julie said...

What adorable dogs. You are so kind to have rescued. :) Trixie just melts my heart. I keep going back to her photo. :)

sirdar said...

Those guys are sure cute. I can see why you and yours love them so much.

Kaytabug said...

Your dogs are just adorable! I enjoyed the stories and I can relate to there not being any more room at the inn!

-Ann said...

I love the nicknames. Toby is also known as Toblerone, Toby-Nairobi, and Toby-wan-Kenobi.

The new Fun Monday topic is now available. :) Hopefully, it is what you would consider to be a kind topic.