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Looking back

March 6th 2008 11:53 am
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I'll be 13 years old this next week. That's a long time in dog years!!! It's been a good life. I'll have to start my autobiography one of these days, although those that matter have me in their hearts furever. Instead, I think I'll just look back on and reminisce about life so far.

My early life, I lived with a wonderful show breeder in Florida, Virginia Rice of Liebestraum's kennel. She was one of the kindest, warmest people mom ever met in the show dog world. Not only did she have amazing dogs, she truly loved every one of her pups, and was always there for every one of their owners. Mom used to love to watch Ginny giggle as she watched the pups play. Mom & Ginny shared a spiritual bond. We were really sorry we couldn't see her anymore after we left Florida. Ginny crossed the Rainbow Bridge about a year after we moved. We still miss her.

I used to live in a great place in Florida, on a golf course. So there was a lot of open land to chase the birds that would land on the water behind our house. We had a solarium on the back of our house, so I could watch them all of the time. Our neighbors were really nice. Everyone had dogs so I had a lot of friends. We really liked playing in Starbuck's back yard, and chasing Habba's cat! It was a great place to grow up. Also we had some great human friends.

My sister Annie came to live with me about 3 months after I moved in with mom. At first I beat her up a lot showing her who was boss. I wasn't happy that I had to share attention. But after a week, we were the best of friends. We were inseparable. Wherever I went, Annie would follow. Wherever Annie went, I was right next to here. We went to day care for a while together. I always watched out for her because she was a little shy. But we both learned quickly that the best person to play with was the staff!!! They hugged you, scratched just the right spot on your neck, and slipped you extra treats.

Mom moved to a condo eventually to be closer to her work. We had our best friends Barbara & Lexie right next door. There were a lot of other pups in the condos too, and great parks surrounding us. We had fun every day going for walks.

We traveled everywhere with mom. We really liked running on the beach & hiking in the woods and canoeing on lakes!!! The only time we didn't go was when she'd fly back to California to see her family. Eventually mom decided to move back to California to be with her family. And that started another new adventure.

We drove from Florida to California and made lots of visits along the way. We stayed in hotels where mom would get 2 double beds, and Annie & I would get our own!!! When we got to California we moved to a house with a fenced in back yard. That was the first time we ever had that, and could chase squirrels. We LOVED it. We ran, we chased, we barked, we basked in the sun. We met lots and lots of family and were adored by everyone. We like this family!!!

Then mom met dad and they got married. We moved to dad's house which was twice the size of our old house. We have many more squirrels to chase!!! We lived with Boomer, a golden retriever and Molly, a shih tzu. We had so much fun with them. We also started taking family vacations at the beach. We'd get a big house to explore, bring all our beds and some toys so we'd be comfortable, and we'd get to run on the beach during the day. Recently, we found a great place where we'll go back again and again where the owner has 2 schnauzers, so we can play with them!

Over the last few years both Boomer and Annie crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It was a sad time for our family. I really miss Annie, and so does mom. But we were there for each other and still are! At least Ginny is taking care of Annie again!

Mom joined dogster some time after that and has had a lot of friends. She's found a lot of friends who helped her with her grieving. And she found some friends that have stuff in common with her because of schnauzers or shih tzus or just loving dogs. I was very very sick a few times recently, but mom's friends helped her through it, and lots of pups were praying for me.

Now we've added 2 new schnauzers to the family. They're pretty rambunctious boys who take a lot of mom's attention. But they're alright. And mom still says I'm her #1 and gives me extra attention.

So what have I learned so far???

Love is as important as the air we breathe.
Moms are a pups best friend. They love you when you're naughty or nice and take care of you when you're sick or well.
Family is the treasure we all get for free in life.
Treat your friends well because life changes and we need each other to get through it.
Bad people don't deserve the unlimited love of a pet.
Squirrels are good to chase, cats too if mom doesn't see you.
Beaches can restore your health and spirits.
Treats are essential for a happy pup.
Clothes are something that I don't like wearing!
Brothers can be a pain but they look out for you.
Play is life!
Happy moments don't seem to run out.
The power of the paw is awesome.
Life is good.

So to all you pups and people who have contributed to my well being, thank you. Hope to hear from you on my birthday. My birthday wish to you is that you live a long and as happy a life like I have.





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