My inside dogs, my outside dogs have voices of their own. They talk to me and I talk to them. I can’t imagine how lonely I would be during the day if my friends didn’t talk to me.
Shall I tell you about them? Okay, I will. In order of appearance:
Sugar Plum: She was dropped off here with her brother when they were puppies. I wasn’t here yet. She was probably between 9 months and one year old when I moved here. Her brother had been shot by a neighbor for trying to eat their dog’s food. Sugar got away. But she was starving and no one wanted her…..until we came. We consider her our good luck charm. When we decided to buy the house, we came one day to just hang out and get used to the place. Sugar Plum was very friendly and playful. She was also very hungry, skinny, and scrawny. ( She was sooo hungry in fact, that she ate my cell phone! Ever after she would occasionally roll around on the ground and make really strange noises. We decided that she was answering the phone when she did that. ) But I digress. When we came to hang out that day, she was under the plum tree eating plums. Hence the name Sugar Plum. She speaks in a gentle, witty, sweet, wise, strong, fun loving voice. Underneath it all is a will of iron. She can climb a chain link fence. She teaches all the babies how to survive. She will defend herself and her friends against anyone and anything. She plays with the babies when they are little. Her favorite treat is bird seed. I love her with all my heart.
Jeremiah: Jeremiah (Jerry) came to us because The Buddha made a lil slip up. The neighbors were going on vacation and he was given the job of feeding their dogs for them. He was supposed to keep Fat Girl locked on the porch and keep Boy fed and watered too. What wasn’t explained to him in detail was that Fat Girl was in heat. And Boy, being a boy, was desperate to get to her on that porch. Well, the vacation was over and all was well until we were informed that Fat Girl was pregnant! Questions were asked, answers given and the mystery solved. Seems that The Buddha felt sorry for Fatty and Boy because they were really lonesome for each other so he let Boy onto the porch to give Fat Girl some company one day! We felt duty bound to take one of the babies. As we walked into the yard to pick one out, this tiny fat lil rolly polly fella came running right out to us and checked us out. On the spot My Dearest Husband chose him. And that is how we got Jeremiah. He was tough, sweet, very protective, and he snored. He also taught my baby Dash how to act like a big dog. He would find a bone, give it to Dash(who was all of six weeks old), and then come take it from him. Dash would just sit there. He would bring it back and give it to him again. Then take it very slowly, gently growling while he did. Dash would then growl his tiny baby growl. Jerry would lick him and give him back the bone, then start all over again until he taught Dash how to defend his food or rag or stick or pebble or whatever Dashie had picked up to play with. Jerry spoke in a strong, loud, protective, country voice. He went missing and I miss him still.
TT: TT stands for Tiny Tot, which she most definitely isn’t! She is Sugar Plum and Jeremiah’s baby girl. We didn’t intend to keep her. We went to Wal Mart parking lot to give the babies away and a girl said, “PLEASE PLEASE hold her for me while I go inside and do my shopping. I will pick her up when I come out!” So we held onto her through three or four people who wanted her. The girl never came back. But when we got home, Sugar Plum was beside herself with joy that one of her babies had come home to her so we kept her. She spent her first year being very quiet, unassuming, and watchful. Since then she has become friendly, funny, outgoing, and smart. She plays like she’s making up for lost time. She speaks in an exuberant voice that is strong, quiet, and vigilant.
DeeDee: DeeDee was the only dog we ever bought. Right after The Buddha and Princess Bella came to join our family, MDH decided that the kids needed a dog. We decided on Rat Terriers because they are very tiny and also incredibly smart. A lady who was selling babies was located and we went to pick one out. We fell in love with her immediately. Rat Terriers come in two shapes, with tall legs and with short legs. DeeDee has tall legs. We also fell in love with her brother, who had short legs and looked like a miniature tough guy. He was going to someone else though, so we made our deposit on Dee and left to wait til she was old enough to leave her momma. When we got there, the lil boy dog was still there too. The breeder said that his girl never came and we could get him too if we wanted to. WE DID! So we bought both dogs and took them home to the kids as a surprise. They were so tiny that we had both of them in a cat carrier and the kids had to peer all the way to the back to find them. Theo died in the house fire, but DeeDee survived. She speaks in a quiet, dominant voice that is occasionally girlish and silly.
Mini: AKA Minimum, Miniature, Mini Mouse. She is Dee’s baby and she was incredibly tiny right from the start. She was half the size of her siblings at two weeks. She stayed the same size for months. One or more of her siblings bit her head when she was little, and bit her tail and broke it twice. I had to take her out of the pen and keep her away from the other pups. I was going to give her away too but I could never get in touch with the guy I was going to give her to. I would call his shop (at 2:00 AM) and he never answered. I would drive by there with her in a carrier (at 6:00 pm on Sunday) and he wasn’t there. Eventually I just had to keep her! 🙂 She is built like her mother, with long legs and slender body. She is all speed. She can lap every dog here running around in the field. She can jump higher, run faster and go longer than every dog we have. She is also mildly retarded, from the bites to her head when she was little I guess. She speaks in a squeaky voice at hyper speed, often and long. However, she speaks a foreign language and most of the time we can’t understand her at all. But she’s funny and fun and amazing to watch.
They all talk to me all the time. I wouldn’t change that for the world.