Best Tricks: sit; watch me; leave it; crawl; down; stay; shake; give kisses; off; wait
Arrival Story: We had a megaesophagus puppy picked out to be Elke's new sister. We fostered her for 2 weeks and gave her intestive care around the clock. But pnuemonia took her away from us. Although we were heart-broken, we decided to honor her memory by getting another pit bull puppy.
We applied at all the rescue shelters in the area. Three weeks later, we followed up on an ad in the paper. We met a puppy that was exactly what we were looking for. She was raised by good people in the perfect enviroment. But when I picked her up, there was no connection between us.
Even though discouraged, we followed up on another ad two weeks later. The breeders were great people who obviously loved their dogs. But this time when I met the puppies, it was different. The puppy I picked out also picked me out! She wanted to look at me the whole time, while the other puppies just looked at me occasionally to see if I might let them out of their play pen.
It felt very strange to write a check for a dog. All my other pets are rescues. How can you buy a life? But Éowyn will be a rescue in a way. All pit bull breeds need to be rescued from the bad, undeserving reputation given to them by evil owners.
Bio: Éowyn is a joy to be around. She has so much personality! She just shines. Éowyn definitely takes a lot of work, but it's fun work. She adores her big sister. Éowyn is always snuggling up to Elke for nap times or just to feel close.
Éowyn has temper tantrums sometimes when Mommy or Daddy tell her "no". It's just like a toddler learning that the world does not always revolve around them. After she calms down, she's always sorry and gives kisses to make up.
Éowyn is also learning that it's not such a bright idea to bark at the kitties. Our cats are warming up to her, and Sally even lets her come up and sniff her now. Sally also gave Éowyn a tiny boo boo for pouncing on her. Éowyn felt very sorry for herself, but keeps trying to be Sally's friend.
Éowyn's best friend is a Bernese Mountain dog named Shasta. She used to be afraid of Shasta, because Shasta is so big. But now they love getting together for playtime and pouncing on each other. They also went to puppy class together. Having a best friend is so much fun!
Éowyn is so beautiful, we can hardly believe it. She already has a good start in following her big sister in being a super modle. Notice her beauty mark?
NEW: See Éowyn's montage:
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What can I say other than this dog is the biggest blessing! There is no other pet I've ever had that can compare to Éowyn. She herself does not believe one bit that she is a dog. She is family. She brushes her teeth when I do. She has a closet full of clothes like I. I speak to her just like I do to anyone else in full sentences. She sleeps under the covers with her head on the pillow inia our bed.
And as much as I think of her as a child, she also certainly an ethereal being. Most likely, she is an angel. She came to me in one of the darkest, saddest times in my life and brought in so much new life! Not a single day goes by that I don't feel so extremely privileged to have her near me. I just can not pay her back for all the love and joy she just pours into every moment. But I try. And I tell her every day how much I love her. She will put her head in my lap and gaze into my eyes often. That's when I love to stroke her whisper soft ears and trace the pattern on her face that is slightly blurred now with extra white fur. And I tell her how very beautiful she is.
When we brought home our first son, I was pretty worried how Éowyn would take the change. I wasn't worried at all about her around children. She adores children. However, I know full well just how spoiled this pit bull is. What if she felt displaced? She does put on a big show of pouting when her feelings are hurt. We decided that Éowyn would always have her place on our bed, while the new baby would sleep in his bassinet beside the bed. While I'm sure that has played a role in giving her confidence that her place in the family remains stronger than ever, I had no need to be concerned. From the moment Éowyn saw our son her eyes lit up. If she could have spoken I really believe she would have said, “You finally read my Christmas list! I really get to keep him?”
And now that our son is almost three, I can look back at all those moments that they interacted as he grew with a huge smile. When he was tiny and would cry in his crib, Éowyn would jump onto my bed. That way she had a better angle to watch him to make sure he was okay till I picked him up. She has been his pillow, his unwanted food dispenser, his racing buddy, and all around best friend. You know, I think I'm the only one who felt a little jealous. But not really. Every morning he climbs onto my bed to say good morning. He embraces Éowyn in a big hug and they roll around while she snorts and he giggles between kisses. It could be the gloomiest day out of the window, and yet I still get the cheeriest view ever every morning.
Éowyn, I love you! As we are approaching your 10th birthday, please know I always will love you more and more. God knew we were meant for each other. I hope I make you as proud of me as I am of you.
Every year of my life has brought many wonderful adventures. This year is going to be no different. Mommy keeps saying how her schedule is not letting her do the things for me that she really wants to, but I can tell she makes it happen anyway. For example, we still go to therapy swim every week! Wednesdays are totally devoted to the dogs. We leave first thing in the morning and don't get back till late.
And guess what? Mommy threw me a birthday party at Lexi Dog Boutique! All my friends were there. Mommy even made it a formal party. Everyone was dressed up. For party favors the boys got bow ties and the girls got pearl necklaces. Elke and I both had gowns hand made for us. Mine was periwinkle of course!
The area was decorated in flowers and balloons. The dogs had their own cake made by Bone Jour bakery, and the humans had spice cake and chai tea. And the games were just lovely too! We had paw painting, and peanut butter on a spoon. We also had an area set up for glamor photographs with a photographer.
I never wanted it to end, but everyone was tired after 2 hours. I got into an argument with one of my guests and broke my necklace. That landed me in time out. But you know, I bet most kid's parties end up in time outs toward the end too.
The other big thing that has happened since I've turned 5 was that I grew 2 lumps. Mommy had them removed. She said they found that the lumps are both not a danger to me. I have lots of teeny tiny sutures to make sure I don't scar. Mommy doesn't want scars on me, since I model and because pit bulls with scars look like they have been in fights. I'm so glad Mommy keeps me beautiful. I can't do it all by myself, you know.
Here it is! My début into my modeling career! Oh my goodness! I can't sleep! I'm so excited! See all the exclamation points?
I will be modeling next month in Boutiques Unleashed. Fashion on both ends of the leash. It’s a runway model show for charity during Portland’s second annual Pet Fashion Week. http://www.boutiquesunleashed.com/
I so hope the boutique I am assigned to will fit me with something glamorous. I don’t want to be stuck doing sporty just because I’m a big dog. After all, I am far too gorgeous to be stereo typed. But perhaps I am stereo typing myself. A model is supposed to be the perfect chameleon, looking beautiful and complementing any garment or accessory. So I’ll try to not worry. There are just so many butterflies in my stomach. I’d take up yoga, but running circles around the living room like a crazy dog ends up calming my nerves just fine. Be back later.