Pet-Peeves: Strangers trying to touch her, the other dogs getting near her food or toys, going to the vet
Favorite Toy: Her green ball, soft fleece toys that she can rip the squeaker out of
Favorite Food: Anything Mommy is eating
Favorite Walk: Anywhere with Mommy, around Sly Park Lake, hiking in Tahoe, walking in the neighborhood
Best Tricks: sit pretty, roll over, creep, speak, sit, down, stay, great off-leash hiking dog
Arrival Story: I lived in Tahoe at the time. I saw some puppies being given away in front of Raley's (there were two females -- the people said they were Rottweiler/Chow Chow mixes because their black and tan markings looked Rotweiler-like, but when she grew up, it was clear she was German Shepherd and Chow, not Rotweiler) and I held one and then said I couldn't have one. I was on my way to a friend's house. A couple of hours later, I was really bored at this friend's house and wanted to go home but couldn't think of a way to politely excuse myself. Just then, my Mom called (I lived at home at the time) and said that my little sister, Jenny, had brought a puppy home and that it was on my bed and she wanted me to come home and take care of it. She also said I had to find it a home the next day. I went home as quickly as I could and there, on my bed, was the most adorable puppy I have ever seen. My sister knocked on my bedroom door and when I answered it, she smiled and said "Merry Christmas!" I named my little Christmas present puppy Misti that night. She was so tiny. She curled up in the crook of my elbow with her little chin resting on my arm and went to sleep. I lost my heart right then and I knew that this dog would be with me always. My Dad told me again and again over the next few weeks that I couldn't keep her, and I outwardly agreed and bought her a collar and tags and got her all her shots and told him that she'd be easier to give away if she came with all that stuff. All the while, I knew I could never part with this dog. After awhile, my Dad knew it, too. Misti was not only the best Christmas present I have ever received, but the best present I have ever gotten or ever will. She is my doggie-soulmate and I have loved her ever since that first night with all of my heart and soul, and I will always love her, for all eternity.
Bio: Misti went to Rainbow Bridge on December 28, 2004. Jenny brought her home to me on December 28 or 29, 1990; I had 14 years almost to the day with my wonderful dog. We lived in Tahoe until October 1993, and then we moved down into the Placerville area. She was at my side for so many years, and she always did everything with me. We loved to walk, and we walked miles together. We also hiked a lot, and she was the perfect hiking dog, she was great off-leash and did not run up to other dogs or chase wildlife. She had so many funny, sweet qualities. She slept in my bed with me and would touch her nose to my face in the night so I would lift the covers, and then she would get under the covers and curl up against me and rest her head on the pillow beside mine. She followed me everywhere, and was always with me whenever possible. She was my constant, beloved companion. She was aloof with strangers, but so loving and affectionate with me. She was also playful and liked to bring me her toys. She loved fleece toys or any soft toy that she could pull a squeaker out of. Then she'd pull all the stuffing out and I would put it all in for her to pull out again. She and Bob, my German Shepherd, would bring me their Kongs or balls when I was soaking in the tub and they would drop them in the water and get all excited when I fished them out. Misti also loved to take showers with me; she would sit there at my feet with the warm water soaking her back and the top of her head, just as happy as could be. Afterward, she loved to be towelled off, getting all excited and barking happily. She loved to attack the rear-window wiper, and would entertain the people in cars behind us by jumping up on the back of the seat and trying to bite it through the window. Misti loved to swim, and I would take her to Lake Tahoe and to Sly Park Lake and to the pond at the park and she would fetch her Water-Kong. I'd always wished that I could stay home with Misti rather than go to work 5 days a week, or at least that I could have a job that I could take her with me. In 1994 I went to dog grooming school in Oregon, and she went with me. That was one of the greatest times for us, she was the best dog to groom, so good that she became a school "demo dog" for the new students to bathe. We went to the coast a lot in Oregon, and also went walking in the green Oregon forrests. When I came home, I did grooming for awhile, and she got to go to work with me, but I ended up doing work in the medical field to make more money later on. I got married in 2002 to a wonderful man named Robert, and that is when my dream of staying home with Misti came true. Robert and I both work at the Hospital, 12 hour night shifts, and after I got married, I went per diem and I only had to work one shift a week rather that the usual three. Misti was 11 years old when I got married, and I got to spend almost all of my time with her durning her older-dog years. It was wonderful. There are so many things, so many memories, that I could share. As she got older, I did everything I could to keep her well and comfortable and happy. She passed away suddenly at home, and I was at her side when she went. I miss my girl, my Misti dog, more than anything in the world. I was blessed to have her in my life, and I will always love my girl... I will see her again someday when we meet at Rainbow Bridge.
This is a big game of tag! Here is how you play: you receive a rosette from a friend announcing that you've been tagged. In your diary, you share the following:
Four jobs I have had
Four places I have lived
Four places I have been
Four places I would rather be
Seven things about myself
Then, you choose seven of your pals and YOU tag THEM! Direct them to your diary to read your fun information that you shared, and also to read these directions on how to play the game! Don't forget -- notify them with a rosette!
So here's my fun information:
* Mommy's doggie soulmate
* Mommy's protector
* The "demo dog" at Mommy's dog grooming school
* Mommy's bed warmer!
Places I have lived:
* Lake Tahoe (where I was born)
* Oregon (where me and Mommy went to learn dog grooming)
* Garden Valley
Places I have been:
* Oregon's Tara Lara dog grooming school with Mommy
* Mommy's math class at the college!
* Hiking in Tahoe
* Swimming in Lake Tahoe
Places I'd RATHER be:
* With Mommy on Earth (me and Mommy miss each other)
* Hiking with Mommy at Lake Tahoe
* Going for a long walk with Mommy
* Snuggling in bed with Mommy
7 things about myself:
* I am Mommy's "forever dog", that once in a lifetime doggie that stole Mommy's heart... I am her doggie soulmate.
* I am Bella's Guardian Angel, I sent her to my Mommy since she is a lot like me, and I watch over her and Mommy from Rainbow Bridge.
* I was the bestest demo dog at the dog grooming school -- I was so well behaved that the new students could give me a bath for practice!
* Me and Mommy love each other very much, and when I was on Earth I was always with Mommy, everywhere she went, I was always there too.
* I love to take showers! I would get in the shower with Mommy whenever she'd let me!
* I was my doggie brother, Bob's, boss. He was a lot bigger than me, but I was always his big sister and top dog of our house!
* I was always the perfect doggie, and I could go everywhere with Mommy! I even went hiking lots with no leash on, and to the beach, and on vacation with Mommy! We had lots of fun together!
* I can't wait to see my Mommy again someday when she and I are in Heaven together
This is fun being tagged -- Thanks Saphira!!
I am tagging:
Lakota Sioux "In Memory"
Oreo (In Loving Memory)
Maya (Bridgekid since 2003)
Zyp 9-16-03 ~ 5-1-05
Pele CGC In Memory
Kelly, My Brightest Star
Molly ~ My Heart
Merry Christmas to all of you down on Earth! It is so wonderful up here, so many beautiful twinkling Christmas lights in the trees, snow softly falling (we're having a White Christmas!), Angels caroling, and lots and lots of wrapped presents for us to open on Christmas morning (and I LOVE opening presents! I love ripping wrapping paper off of presents so much that when I was on Earth, Mommy had to keep the presents out of my reach or I would open all of them, whether they were for me or not!). Fauna and I are having a lovely holiday season up here.
Mommy has been thinking about me a lot, I know because I can hear her thoughts. I know she misses me so much, and I miss her too. I look down on her and whisper softly into her heart, telling her that I will always be at her side and that I love her so much. I also like to whisper little ideas to her, such as, "take Bob and Sam and Bella for walkies every day" and "play ball with them" and "sit quietly and pet your sweet doggies, cuddle them, listen to them breathe as they sleep and feel the love that flows between you and them"... these are little things that I think will make her life more like mine here at Rainbow Bridge. It is Heavenly to take long walks with beloved doggies, to abandon your worries and turn your attention instead on spending quiet time with your dogs, dozing together in a patch of sunlight on the bed, or softly petting velvet ears. There is something so uplifting in just being silly and playful and tossing balls and playing Hide & Seek with your doggies. The wag of a beloved dog's tail is pure, unfiltered happiness. To join your dog in that kind of pure joy is a gift from God, a little piece of Heaven on Earth. Mommy and I shared lots of moments like that, and I cherish the memories just as Mommy does.
Merry Christmas, Mommy. Give my love to Bob and Sammy and to little Bella, for whom I have a soft spot in my heart. I love you and will always be with you.