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I figured it was time for another installment of “around the house” – Christmas style

Notice the little photos of Simon and Scarlett next to the Pet Emporium?

The Pet Emporium

The Pet Emporium

The Dog Wash - uggh!

The Dog Wash - uggh!

Is that Simon?

Is that Simon?

Sign

Sign

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There comes that time in every pups life, when one name just isn’t enough. Take for instance, our Angel Simon. Besides his Christian name, he was most often refered to as “Chuck” – as in “what’s up, Chuck?”. But he also went by “Morgan“, “Blondie“, “Pie“, “Nubbin’“, “Lumpy” and “Handsome“. He actually had more aliases but these were his favorite.

I think it’s only fair to name a few of Shelly and Angel Scarlett’s nicknames too so it doesn’t look like I’m playing favorites. Here are some of Scarlett’s: “Bartlett Pear“, “BP“, “Pug face puppy“, and “Pear“. Shelly has been a little harder to nickname and she’s still working on them but she has a few. My favorite is “She-ellyzebub” – ’cause she’s a little devil! She also responds to “Smelly Shelly“, “Sea Shells“, “Droopy Face“, and “Pretty Girl“.

Where is all of this taking us? Tommy of course! For the week leading up to his adoption, we discussed changing his name. We searched the internet for “English” sounding names but we couldn’t agree on any of them. I was pushing hard for “Oliver” but I couldn’t sway the jury Judy. But in retrospect, I’m glad we kept his name because it fits him perfectly. AND we’ve already come up with some cool names for him to TOTALLY confuse the little boy some more. Here they are in no particular order: “Tommy Tomato” (that’s his little mobster name), “Mr. T.“, “Little Ben” (named after Ben the Rotti because they kinda have the same markings), and “Sweet T“. I’m sure more will follow.

Shelly wanted everypup to know that last night was her final class of “Family Manners I” and she received her certificate of completion :-)) She did really well with her “sit, stay” and “walk politely on a leash” but about half way through class she seemed to loose interest so didn’t get to show off her “down”. Our instructor (and we agree) believes that Shelly might be a little stressed with all the newness going on around her so that is why she was in the dumps last night. She’s been unusually “clingy” with us this week and all she wants is to do is lay in our laps. So we’re giving her extra attention and hugs so she’ll be back to her normal self in no time.

Finally, I just want to say that I promise to post some new pics of Tommy and Shelly soon!

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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.

“Hello?”.

“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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I have some exciting news (although I don’t look that excited in my pictures). Mom and Pop enrolled me in school! It’s a “family manners” class and I’m going to study things like “sit, stay, leave it, and come”. I already know these things but for some reason, Pop thought that he needed a refresher course in doggie teaching. Class doesn’t start until November 4th so I’ve been catching up on my rest. Pop is a little worried how I’m going to react around other pups. I was great with Simon and Scarlett, but I have to admit I get a little dominate around strange doggies. I did meet a little shih tzu mix on Saturday and after I finished shaking like a leaf, I sniffed him all over and decided he was OK. So keep your paws crossed that I can pass my class and I can’t wait to let you all know how I’m doing!

Shelly is patiently waiting for diner. Aren't I pretty? Shelly needs some lovin'

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Still Missing the Pear

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This is probably the best photo ever taken of Scarlett. You can actually see her eyes! And she’s sporting her signature curled lip 🙂 We miss you, Pear.

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We will always love you, Scarlett

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Heavy Hearted

It is with great sadness, that I have let you all know that on Wednesday, August 27th we had to say good-bye to our beloved Scarlett the “Bartlett Pear” due to her 15 year old kidneys failing her. Needless to say, Judy and I are both heartbroken. I’ll have some more to say about the Pear later, but right now I’m still at a loss for words.

One of Judy’s favorite photos of Scarlett
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One of my favorite pics
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