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Last year at this time, me and my new Pop were traveling home through the snow covered mountains of wild and wonderful West Virginia. It was our first day together and I pretty much spend it in my little kennel in the back of the car listening to Pop sing as he drove us home. Here are a couple of pics to refresh your memory.

tommy on his way home

tommy on his way home

snowy road

on our way home through West Virginia

I’ve really come a long way in this first year. I started out as a super scaredy cat – not wanting to even leave my little perch on the sofa. But as time passed, I watched my new sis, Shelly and how she freely wandered around the house and it made me want to investigate too. I finally worked up the courage one evening to jump off the sofa all by myself and I worked my way around the living room. And you know what happened? Nothing! No boogey men came from around the corner to snatch me up or anything. From then on, I’ve became more and more brave. So much so, that this past weekend, Mom and Pop took me and Shelly to Petsmart to pick out toys for my Gotcha Day!

It was my first trip to Petsmart and do you know what they have there? EVERYTHING! There were big and little dogs walking down the aisles, toys and bags of food everywhere and we even saw a couple of pups getting their fur cut. So since it was my special day, I even got to pick out my very own toy. There were so many to choose from, but I finally settled for a stuffed turtle. Shelly on the other hand knew exactly what she wanted. She sniffed and climbed in all the bins until she found a purple bunny. She grabbed it off the wall and carried it around the store until we left.

As soon as we made it home, the bunny was thoroughly de-stuffed by Shelly. Then she turned her eye on my turtle but at the coaxing of Mom, she left it for me with all it’s stuffing intact. Phew!

As a public service announcement, I’d like to encourage any pup-parent to make a donation on my behalf to the English Toy Spaniel Rescue (where I came from). They still owe more that $8500 for vet bills after rescuing me and 34 other ET’s from the Parkersburg puppy mill and as of now, have 5 more pups that need a furever home. Now that would make a great Christmas present!

tommy and his turtle toy

tommy and his turtle toy

shelly and her bunny

shelly and her bunny

tommy on his first gotcha day

tommy on his first gotcha day

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Finally! Mom & Pop broke out the sushi toys that our pup friend, Prada gave to us. We got to taste some “doggie sushi”, tuna, and shrimp! Well, it wasn’t technically the real thing but hey, they squeaked! After about 15 minutes the toys were starting to be de-stuffed and I almost got the squeaker out of the shrimp but Pop took it away from me. Tommy even seemed to enjoy them although I had to show him how to make squeaky music. Sooner or later, he’ll get the hang of it 🙂

sushi toys

sushi toys

sushi toys

sushi toys

Tommy tuna

Tommy tuna

shelly sushi

shelly sushi

shelly roll, honey

shelly roll, honey

Tommy testing out the doggie roll

Tommy testing out the doggie roll

Shelly shrimp

Shelly shrimp

Tommy window seat

Tommy window seat

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We’re finally starting to settle in from our whirlwind trip to meet Tommy and bring him home. I’d like to firstly thank everyone from English Toy Rescue in Indianapolis for working so hard to make the adoption run so smoothly. Jim drove Tommy to Charleston, WV on Monday morning to meet me half way. That was extremely nice of him. And a special thank you to Tommy’s foster mom who had been caring for him and loving him knowing all along that one day she would have to give him up.

OK so here’s the story. I left South Carolina on a rainy Sunday morning expecting a 6 hour trip. It was the most excited I’ve ever been about wasting a day in the car. Unfortunately I forgot about returning Thanksgiving traffic and what should have taken me 6 hours turned into 8. That was fine though since I really wasn’t in a big hurry to spend the night in a hotel room. Here’s a couple of pics of my Sunday drive.
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I arrived in Charleston at night and went to bed early. I felt like it was Christmas Eve. I could hardly sleep and woke up every couple of hours. Finally, Monday morning rolled around but I had to wait until 1pm for Tommy to arrive. Arghh! And something happened while I was waiting. It started snowing! In the mountains!! Now, I grew up in Pennsylvania and even took my driving test in 6 inches of snow (and passed) but it’s been a few years since I’ve even seen snow. So I was getting a little nervous. But before I knew it Tommy and Jim pulled up, we met and signed paperwork and Tommy and I were off and headed to warmer weather.
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Here’s some more pics of our ride back down out of the mountains.
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Ok, ok. Here’s what everydoggy’s been waiting for. Pics of Shelly and Tommy :laugh:
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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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Big, red smile on my face

I’ve been having the best time lately. I love my family manners training and can’t wait for class tomorrow night. We’ve been doing my homework everyday and I’m learning so fast that I’m making it harder and harder for my pawrents. I’m supposed to be practicing “sit”, but every time we begin our lessons, I sit before they can ask me! They barely have enough time to say the command so they try to trick me by making me walk around the house with me in tow on my leash and asking me to sit when I least expect it. I’m catching on to their scheme though. :beauty:

My favorite lesson by far is “come”. We started out by again, having me on my leash and Pop would all of a sudden backpedal while calling my name and saying “come”! Then I chase him and when I catch up, I get my treat. That was fun for a while, but Pop’s just too slow running backwards. So now Mom and Pop stand on opposite ends of the house and take turns calling me. I get to run as fast as I can down the hallway and when I reach them, I come to a sliding sit at their feet eagerly awaiting my Salmon snack. I could do this all day!

When I’m not practicing, I’ve been playing with my big, red smiley face that Ben sent to me. It has become one of my favorite toys. :-))

I love my pressie from Ben

I love my pressie from Ben

Squeak, squeak, squeak!

Squeak, squeak, squeak!

Red Smiley Face rocks!

Red Smiley Face rocks!

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Help! I’m being neglected

sadface

I mad as heck! Pop was doing so good at updating MY blog on a semi-regular basis but lately he’s been slack. I mean, how could he resist this face? Fortunately, I’m not really being neglected 🙂 I am still having a ball with my new toys. Every morning when I come in from yard patrol, I run straight for my secret stash of toys (I guess it’s not so secret anymore since you have all seen it in my video) and grab one and run around showing it to my pawrents in case they forgot what it looked like during the night. I love them!

And just a reminder, it’s less than two weeks before my Family Manners class starts. The first class is just for Mom and Pop but I’m still totally stoked!!

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It wasn’t too long ago that Scarlett celebrated her barkday and for the celebration, she received a new Pig Booda to replace her old stinky one. The other day, Booda was just minding his own business laying on the floor cooling his little booda belly. Out of no where, sneaky Shelly pig-napped him and not so quietly proceeded to put a major de-stuffing to his bacon butt. Luckily, it was caught on tape.

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