As I mentioned in the “about me” section, I have been an animal lover my whole life. I’m the girl who stops to pick up strays. I cry when I see the chicken trucks taking those poor things to their death. I have even been known to stop late at night on the road to help an injured deer. My husband fussed at me for that one. We currently have four dogs and they all live inside. It is a lot of work taking care of them, but I can’t imagine life without them. They are part of our family. I couldn’t share my life on the blog without sharing a little bit about each of them. I’ll start with the oldest.
This is Claire. She is 9 years old and is a Toy Poodle. She is sweet and shy. She tolerates anyone, but prefers me. She has a fragile personality and gets stressed out very easily. She has aged quite a bit over the past year or so. She has Addison’s Disease, which is a chronic disease of the Adrenal glands, but is treatable with daily medication. She will play fetch until you take her ball away, and would be quite happy if I carried her around all day.
Next is Buttercup. She is a rescue so we are not sure how old she is, but we think she is close to the age of Claire. Our best guess on her breed is a Maltese mix.
My husband is a Veterinarian, so he gets animals dropped off and abandoned from time to time. This sweet little girl was left in the backyard of our clinic in a terrible thunder storm. Our staff found her when they came in to walk the animals and do treatments. She was wet and dirty and scared. I knew instantly that I wanted to keep her. She is so sweet and loveable…the ultimate lap dog. To this day, I cannot figure out why anyone would not have wanted her. She has no bad habits and is the easiest of the four of our dogs.
Next we have Lily. She is six years old and is a Standard Poodle.
I had been wanting a Standard Poodle for years and my husband finally gave in. She is very smart. The only down side to an intelligent dog is that they get bored easy and can get in to mischief. She has figured out how to open waste baskets and pull books off of the bookshelf. Poodles get a bad wrap for being prissy and high maintenance, but she can run like the wind and is very athletic. She has no idea she is a big dog. She will jump right up in my lap and squeeze into a chair just to curl up with me. She has seizures that require daily medication. Thankfully the seizures are well controlled and she has not had one in several months.
Our youngest is Sophie. She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is 5 years old. She is technically my daughter’s dog, but she loves everyone in the family equally.
The best way to describe a Cavalier is pure adoration for their human. These little dogs are devoted and affectionate. Sophie has such a sweet disposition and is easy going….unless she hears the doorbell. She is quite the barker, but all my dogs get excited if anyone comes to the door. She likes to play fetch, but Lily rarely lets her win. She likes to eat, so we have to be careful that she doesn’t get chubby.
I’m sure you will be seeing more of these girls if you stick around for any length of time, and I hope you will!