When mom goes to work, we like to hang on the bed in the guest room and look out the window, waiting for her to come home. If we knew how to tell time, we’d realize that we usually have a LONG wait 😦
So Pops been trying to keep us busy while she’s gone with treat stuffed Kongs and games of chase. It’s pretty fun but it would totally be better if mom was home.
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It’s me, Shelly, again. My Pop left for WV on Sunday and when he came home on Monday he had Tommy with him! I was, and still am, totally excited. My stumpy tail has been stuck on overdive and I can’t wait to show him off to all of you. They didn’t get home until late Monday night and I have class tonight so we’ll all have to wait for a couple more days until we post photos of me and my new little brother. But until then, here’s a photo of Tommy that Pop took with his camera phone at the hotel before they left for home. Isn’t he just the cutest! I’ll fill everydoggie in on “the trip” and post some photos soon – I promise :silly:
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Posted in About the Dogs, tagged dog, English Toy Spaniel, Pop, puppy mill, Scarlett, Shelly, Simon, Tommy, toy, training, treats on November 21, 2008|
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Hi ya pups! You don’t know me (yet) but as many of you have guessed, I’m going to be Shelly’s new little brother!! My name is Tommy and I’m a 1 1/2 year old King Charles Spaniel or English Toy Spaniel. Some people refer to us as “Charlies” or “E.T.’s” but I don’t think we look anything like that little critter.
Here’s some information on my breed. Historians believe that we were first bred in Japan or China (hence the smooshed face) and made our way to Europe as presents to Royalty. We are extremely loyal to our owners and it is said that Mary Queen of Scots’ English Toy refused to leave her even while she was “on the chopping block”. We were a favorite of King Charles I and that’s where we got our name. Our colors were origianlly Black and Tan like me but other colors like Black, White and Tan (Prince Charles), Red (Ruby Spaniel), and Red & White (Blenheim) emerged much later. We are toy dogs so we range from 8-14 lbs when fully grown.
Now let me tell you a little about me! While my ancestors grew up in the lap of luxury in Royal families, I didn’t quite have those surroundings. You see, I’m a puppy mill rescue. In fact, I was rescued along with 900 other canine friends from one puppy mill in West Virginia in late August. It was one of the largest animal rescues in American history and the largest in WV. Luckily, the great folks at English Toy Spaniel Rescue came and snatched me and 32 of my Charlie brothers and sisters and placed us in foster homes all over the country. Right now I’m living in Indianapolis, IN with my foster mom and her family and a whole bunch of other dogs and cats and birds. I have never been loved before now but I’m adjusting pretty well. My foster mom potty trained me in one day and gives me lots of treats and toys to play with. The doctor has looked me over and has given me a clean bill of health and was amazed that I was in such good shape coming from my dismal surroundings. I’m going to turn it over to Pop now because I’m exhausted. I can’t wait to meet everydoggie!
From the Pop: As some of you may know, Judy and I had been kicking around the idea of adopting another rescue dog for a little while. Since the passing of Simon and Scarlett, our house just didn’t feel complete without the noise and mess of multiple dogs! We have gone back and forth quite a few times if whether or not we were again ready for the responsibility. As luck would have it, we enrolled Shelly in Family Manners class and we met “William Henry”. You all know him. He’s the dreamy Cavalier King Charles. Last week Judy asked William’s mom where she found him and she agreed to give us some info about the rescue group she went through. After this weeks class, we went home and immediately went on-line to check out Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue website. We “ooh-ed and ahh-ed” over the photos for a while and as I clicked through the pages, I found a link to the ETSR site. Again, we browsed the “adoptable” page and there he was. It was love at first sight. We wanted him. No we needed him so badly. The next morning Judy filled out the extensive adoption evaluation form and sent it in with great anticipation. Would we be turned down? God I hoped not.
We waited all day and heard nothing. No phone call. No email. We were on pins and needles and could barely function. We sat down to the diner table, said a prayer that we’d hear something soon and tried to eat. Judy asked if I thought they would call and I said “well, it’s already 8:30 so I doubt it”. Not two minutes later, the phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and saw it was a number from out of state. My heart raced as I picked up the phone.
“Hi Jason? I’m Candi. I’m with English Toy Spaniel Rescue and I’m fostering Tommy” was the voice on the other end of the line.
What a rush it was. I talked to her for 30-40 minutes as she filled me in on how they received Tommy and in what condition. She told me that they had received numerous inquires about Tommy but had turned them all down – except ours. She felt we would be perfect for him! She let us know that Tommy is in remarkable condition. No physical injuries, his teeth are in great shape (she said most puppy mill dogs loose their teeth by the time she gets them), heartworm free, his knees and joints show no sign of damage or disease, and he has been neutered. He is extremely shy and a little frightened of people right now but is getting better every day. He loves to be held and play with the other dogs and his FM house trained him in one day! So he’s pretty smart.
We don’t have Tommy yet as he’s still in Indianapolis. We are waiting to hear back from them to work out the transportation details. They have volunteers that will transport some distance, so we’ll probably try to meet them half way. Please say a prayer for us that this all works out and it doesn’t fall through for some reason.
Impatiently waiting. . .
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Hi everypup! Today was sooo exciting. The mailman brought a package just for me!! I could hardly wait for Pop to come home from work so I could see what was in it. And who sent me this package you ask? Well, it was Ben from all the way across the pond in England. And why would he send me a pressie? I was lucky enough to win one of the drawings during his week long Nowzad spectacular. Isn’t he sweet? So with the help of Mom, I finally got into the package and it was full of cool stuff. There were two squeakies, and few treats to chew on, a couple of Cocker Spaniel pens, a Cocker Spaniel passport so I can come and visit him, and an autographed picture! Wow, that was a great prize. Thank you again, Ben. And just because the contests are over, you can still visit the Nowzad dogs and make a donation to a great cause.
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Posted in About the Dogs, tagged dog, Photos, Pop, Simon on August 20, 2008|
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One of my favorite places to sleep is on either my mom or pop’s chest. And while I’m dozing in and out of sleep, they have to constantly touch me with one of their paws. If they don’t, then I wrap my furry arms around one of theirs and pull it close to me. I find it comforting. They find it annoying after a while.
See Shelly’s fuzzy butt?!
Hangin’ onto Pop’s arm.
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