Friday, July 16, 2010

It's all about the love

Jan is asking questions about pets for the Friday Five.
Here are my objective, unbiased thoughts on a topic which holds little appeal for me (ha!):

1. Did you grow up with pets?
I did. We always had dogs, and my first gift to myself when I finished seminary and began my first call was a puppy from the North Shore Animal League. He was a black Lab named Jeff. Later, I adopted a golden retriever named Simon. I married a man with a golden retriever named Padzie. When he died, we bought a golden retriever whom we named Chase. Chase died last October, and....

2. Do you have any pets now? December we met and fell in love with Lucy, our first female and first cream colored golden retriever. She had a heart condition which was undiagnosed when we purchased her, and needed surgery at 11 weeks of age in January. Now it's July and Lucy is perfectly healthy, and our family's great, great joy.

3. What is the funniest or worst thing any of your pets have ever done?
We're smitten. We think everything Lucy does is funny. She's a talker more than a barker, and makes a lot of funny, chatty throaty noises, with or without toys in her mouth that make us laugh a lot. She also puts her front paws on our shoulders and wiggles. Our almost three year old godson calls that a Lucy hug.

4. Who is/was your favorite pet?
Hands down, it's Lucy.

5. How did you train your different pets?
We attended puppy kindergarten with Lucy, which taught us all kinds of cool stuff. We can sit, leave it, lay down, shake, come, roll over... We liked puppy kindergarten.

BONUS: Pictures of a pet or one you wish you could have. Lucy's cousin, last fall.


Jan said...

What a cute puppy! Your affection for your dogs comes through, and I love it. I appreciate the endorsement for puppy kindergarten, as Maisie and I will be doing that next month. We both need it!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh lucy must be a sweetheart! doggies hugs... i'm envious that she's a talker not a barker... bailey-bean started off so quiet... but mochajava is a very. very. vocal dog... and it's rubbing off on bailey-bean... thing is bailey-bean has a deeper, houndy sound that rings thru boonieville more than the church bells!

altar ego said...

Lucy sounds like an absolute gem. Lucky you! I love dog chatter. It always makes me stop what I'm doing and talk back (in the form of making conversation). One of our dogs nibbles ears, and I LOVE that. It makes me giggle every time.

Purple said...

So glad that Lucy's surgury was a complete success. BTW, OZ thanks you for the compliment :)

Mompriest said...

my dogs are all is their most annoying feature...we're trying "bark" collars, but they aren't really doing the trick...

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Smokey is both a barker and a talker. He will talk to us in bed at night just before we turn out the light. He snorts and snuffles and grunts for several minutes. We joke that he's joining in our nightly prayers.

Your Lucy sounds wonderful.

Beth said...

Our dog's a talker, too. Isn't it fun?