Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Dogs in my Life...a Retrospective

I am a good Southern girl and like most good Southern girls with permissive parents, I had dogs...lots of dogs. My first dog was a Collie, who I reportedly named "Peppy". Apparently, I had a bit of a speech problem and I was trying to say "puppy" and the moniker stuck. Peppy was a good dog who roamed the neighborhood in the days before leash laws, and all sorts of other laws and dangers that have sucked the fun out of childhood. I used to run around my house with Peppy chasing me. Invariably, I was in socks on the hardwood and I always ended up either getting nipped like the girl in the old Coppertone ad or I slipped and hit my head. You know nobody went to the hospital for CAT scans in the 60's, so why I am I so worried about my children??? Were our heads harder back then?
My next dog was part Schnauzer, part Wirehair Terrier. I could recite that on cue at around 6 or 7 years old and I said it with such pride. Why??? I named this puppy too...Bambi...I was so original even then. She had puppies with the toy poodle from across the street...he was quite a player. You know how those Poodles were back in the day...they were all that and they knew it too. This one was white and had those drippy eyes...I was never a poodle fan, but to each his own. I got to pick a puppy and I chose a white one and named it, "Poo Poo" I am assuming and hoping it was a play on the name poodle. I obviously was not being guided by any adults. Poo Poo was... part Schnauzer,part Wire haired Terrier, and part Poodle. I was so proud ha ha! There were also other litters and I cannot seem to remember any others staying around very long. They must have decided that the names that they were bound to be stuck with would limit their prospects so they did not stay long. There was a short lived Irish Setter...probably named Red who ate the sofa and was promptly dispatched to some farm in the country, or so I was told.

The following pictures are of the animals of my adult life. Some have gone to doggie heaven and some are still with me. I reminisced too long and I will have to save them for later.

Thank you for letting me indulge in my trip down memory lane. I would love to hear your animal stories from childhood. I am such a believer that pets enhance our lives and have great healing abilities .
















11 comments:

Preppy 101 said...

What precious doggies!! Love your blog and your art!! :-) Nice to meet you BF ;-) I am a follower now!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kim, I love seeing the pictures of your dogs! They look so sweet!

I can't remember a time in my life except now that I haven't had a pet in my life. We had Fox Terriers when I was little, then Toy Fox Terriers, an Irish Setter, a Collie, and then some wonderful Hines 57 dogs (mostly Shepherd), and finally "The Girls" who you knew and were two very bad, very spoiled, very loved Min Pins.

I did a post about them on my blog the other day, and not a day goes by that I don't miss them. I think we're going to get two rescue dogs this year, but it will be a different breed. I might get a chihuahua so I can just carry it around in my purse! ;-)

XO,

Sheila :-(

KATHERINELLEN said...

Kim,
Your dogs are soo CUTE! Love your puppies stories. I had a dashund named Cocoa....Beagle Hound named Pup and Boot(she look like she had boot on) We also had a black hound dog look like a doman pincher except he had short leg..his name was Elvis (the song that Elvis sung "Nothing but a hound dog) Love your blog...Have a wonderful weekends..Katherinellen

prof en retraite said...

Hi Kim! Pets are really important parts of our lives, aren't they? I could go on and on about the cats I've had, but let it suffice to say that if every cat I've ever had is not there with me after I'm gone, it won't be Heaven! Have a great day!...Debbie

Daisy Cottage said...

What a wonderful post about the special fur babies in your life!! I totally agree about HOW special they are.. I'm so glad you had your puppies growing up too!
I had a dachshund, Schnitzel, growing up as a child all the way through the time I married, then we my hubby and I took in a doxi-mix that was abandoned, and then we had a dachshund, Elvis for 16 years (got him after having a miscarriage and before I had our daughter). He was THE king of dogs too! ;-) My children loved him and he made their childhood extra special. My son, as an 18 year old, adopted Marley - an aussie/border collie mix from the SPCA, but he has become a permanent member of this house.. and of course you know Maggie. One day I'd like to get a yellow lab for my husband.
Thank you for the great post Kim!
(((hugs))))
Kim

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Kim, I can relate. We have two adorable little long-haired doxies. They are like our babies. We take them everywhere with us. Even on vacation. So they get to see the USA. LOL
Hugs, Terrie

The Bliss Journey said...

Hi Kim, Loved hearing about all of your dogs. I grew up with dogs also. Poodles, german shepard, yorki, irish setter and now cavaliers. I'll have to post some pics of the girls.
Kathleen

Sandy Toes said...

Oh..they are so cute!!! What sweeties they are! I have a daughter allergic to dogs..but i love them and would have one if I could!
-sandy toe

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

Hi Kim!
I love your dog story! Dogs are the best and I'm an only child that considered them brothers when I was little! Thanks for sharing your story and the photos...they all look precious!
-The other Kim in Florida

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Beautiful doggies! I have two gorgeous Jack Russells and besides my husband they are the loves of my life! Nice to read about and see yours.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog because now I found yours! :-) Thank you so much for your kind comment.

I love this post...from "Peppy" the "puppy" to the player poodle (HA!)....soooooo funny. I'm on my first dog now -- not quite two years into it and I can't imagine a world without Maggie. They are something, I tell you!