Nicknames: Chet, Sport, Bubby boy, GI Joe, Mama's boy,Porkchop (Cali's nickname for me), Gumby (for Gum Boy), Mr. Mountain
Birthday: August 12th 1999
Likes: EATING, riding in his look-out carseat in the van, taking daily walks, looking out windows and barking at other dogs, digging into furniture and on carpeting
Pet-Peeves: Mailman, vacuum cleaner
Favorite Toy: Ball, fleecy football
Favorite Food: Wellness Core reduced fat, greenies and marrobones
Favorite Walk: In the neighborhood and at the park
Arrival Story: My first dog was a schnoodle shelter rescue that lived to an age of almost 18. After loving the Bichon breed for many years and having moved in with my sister, we decided to own a Bichon. This was a breed that was for us because of allergies. We chose to go through a rescue group and not a breeder. Chester was adopted at the age of one through Lily's Hope Bichon Rescue (Pittsburgh, PA) nka Bichon Frise Club of America Rescue. He was so energetic but shaved down. It took awhile until his gorgeous coat came in nice and full. Chester was a bit challenging but because of it we made the decision to adopt a second Bichon and eventually become volunteers for Bichon rescue by fostering and mentoring.
Bio: Since he was turned over to rescue, we don't know much of Chester's history, other than he had been "airline crated" about 16 hours a day. His first owner didn't have time for Chester, so gave him up. We were lucky to adopt him especially since he is quite a bolter. After one year we saw Chester's need for a companion and got him a Bichon sister through rescue.
Only a few weeks after Chester's new sister arrived, he started limping after running and playing with her. After a vet visit, it was learned that Chester had torn the ACL in his right back leg. He had the surgery and did very well, even being confined to an x-pen in the middle of the family room for 8 weeks. Chester actually got quite comfortable with the arrangement, since he got so much more attention. 5 months after this surgery he tore the ACL in the other leg and had to undergo surgery again. It was harder on us than it was him, but he did well. Today he runs and plays as if there was never a problem with his knees. He loves his daily 1-2 mile walks too.
Chester turned into a "big" boy after his confinement from surgery with the lack of exercise. He has lost 8 pounds and now weighs a healthier 17 pounds. His diet changed from eating once a day to smaller portions twice a day. He LOVES to eat so to him it's still not enough food!!
September 9th was a sad day for my moms. At the age of 17, I lived a long and good life. Sadly my body tired and I didn’t have the strength to go on anymore. I had become totally deaf for about a year and my arthritic body was giving out. The last week I couldn't eat or take any of my meds. I wasn't in pain - just very sleepy all the time. It was time. I made my journey to the Rainbow Bridge. But guess what - Sugar was the first to greet me there!! She showed me around and helped me with these new wings I got. There are so many of my friends up here and we're having a great time. Don't be sad for me as I had a wonderful life. All pups should be as blessed as Sugar and I were on our earthly journey. We'll all be together again one day and I'll be waiting. Hug all of your pets a little closer tonight and look for the brightest star in the sky. That will be ME!!
It's been a loooong time since I've posted or even made any appearances. Please know that even though I've been MIA, I still love you all and the good times we've shared out here in "Doggie Cyberspace" ;) Today I was surprised with an honor of being chosen as the royal member of the day in PDPC group (that's Princess Divas and Prince Charmings). This was the first group that I joined when I first started on Dogster. Can you believe it will be 5 years ago in just another few weeks?! Thank you to all my pals. Miss you all and hope to come back and play with you again someday.
Mother Nature has sure gotten us back for the nice weather we had in December. We've had snow almost every day since New Years Day. The weathermen are predicting 2 more storms for tonight through the weekend with about 6 inches more each time! We love the snow but we're getting tired of the white stuff already - and winter has just begun . Sugar and I miss our daily walks too. The sidewalks are just too icy and slippery. Hopefully next week will warm up a bit and some of this will melt. Until then, we sit warm and comfy in our favorite chair by the front window and watch the snow come down and down and down..........