September 13, 2010

Furry friends

          I thought today I would introduce you to our four-legged children. After all, they came first, and are part of our family. And despite the fact that our toddler terrorizes them daily, they haven't tried to leave us. In fact, they are incredibly sweet and patient with her.
          This is Shaggy. He's a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. We adopted him from the city pound. He is an awesome dog. Sweet and sensitive (I do sometimes call him wimpy) and full of love. He is pictured here with his favorite toy. Actually, tennis balls are the only toy he has any interest in. We found some that squeak, and those are his favorite. He would retrieve the ball for hours if we let him.
          Shaggy is the first male dog either my husband or I have had. He also requires the most maintenance. His coat must be combed daily, he needs a bath at least every other week and we get him professionally groomed every six weeks or so. But he is totally worth it. 
          He is not particularly crazy about DD. After all, she replaced him in the hierarchy of the family. She also chases him, pulls his tail and generally freaks him out. His one escape used to be our bed, but DD has recently learned how to get up there. He does like it when she throws the ball for him, though. And he loves when she feeds him from the table.


          This is our kitty cat, R.T. My husband found him as a stray kitten in the parking lot of a local mall, outside a Ruby Tuesday's restaurant. Thus the name. Hubby felt sorry for him and brought him home intending to find a home for him. He did. R.T. is sometimes called A**hole Cat. He can go from being the sweetest, most affectionate cat to a real pain in the rear in 0.3 seconds. But we love him. 
          R.T. simply amazes us with the patience he has for DD. She pins him to the ground and sits on him if we are not watching closely enough. I have found her pulling him across the wood floor by his tail. He has his claws, and could do serious harm to her if he chose. Yet he takes everything she dishes out with no complaints. And in spite of it all, he is crazy about her. 
          He actually seeks her out. Loves to be in her room. Even before she was born, they had a relationship. R.T. used to curl up against my pregnant belly and purr. DD would instantly begin to kick right at where his body was. But not hard. Gently. And he would just purr harder.
          Animals have been part of my life since I was born. I can't imagine not having a dog. And I always wanted a cat but my dad is allergic, so this is the first time I have been able to have one. I'm glad our daughter will grow up with pets as part of her family. 
          I can only imagine how many we will have before she grows up and moves out. They will teach her some wonderful lessons. And hard ones. Some I wish she didn't have to learn. But more than anything, they will show her the true meaning of unconditional love.

13 comments:

  1. Interesting how many stray cats are discovered at restaurant dumpsters and then adopted!

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  2. Aw. They are both adorable. :) Our late cat, Clancy, had a personality like RT--he love being around the kids, and would put up with anything they dished out. Never scratched or bit, either.

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  3. That is so sweet about RT. I know he can be quite a hellion.

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  4. Cute pets. I got a dog, an almost 7 year old Sheppard Lab Mix named Hayden and my daughter has a dog (that we are getting rid of) that is a basset hound mix.

    At my parents house we used to have cats all the time. Had a lot of fun with them.

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  5. Wonderful blog about two wonderful pets who are wonderfully happy to be with you guys.

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  6. So adorable. All the pugs have amazing patience for Turtle, and I love how much they love him. The bond between animals and children is an amazing thing.

    :)

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  7. They are adorable! Thanks for "sharing" them with us.

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  8. Pets are the best. My son had to say goodbye to our 14 year old dog in June. He always had Marley in his life! Tough life lesson.

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  9. Love the furry friends! You're lucky your cat takes what DD dishes out. Our cat isn't so friendly and has bit at Mungee a few times now :(

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  10. we could not be more different as it comes to animals but i can so relate and adore this sweet, gentle post! i especially love the image of the the-the pregnant belly-and the cat. so sweet! :)

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  11. Can't live without mine either. They always make me smile and sometimes when I didn't even realize I needed to.

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  12. So cute. I begged for every animal under the sun as a kid. And my four year old has already started. Considering we have six to begin with, I'm scared!

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  13. I love all your animals and you described the quintessential cat. Friendly to not-so-friendly in a heartbeat. My dog Holden also knew when I was pregnant that someone special was on the way. Glad you cherish your pets as much as I do!

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