October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and I thought it would be perfect timing to share all of our dogs that Sheena and I have had in our lives. As you know, our family has become an advocate of adoption and we would never consider buying a dog as long as there are dogs in the shelter. However, this was not always the case. Our first family dog came from a breeder. I wish this wasn't the truth but over 20 years ago, we had no idea how horrible most breeders were and still are. This is why I try very hard to not judge someone when they tell me that their dog was bought which by the way is very very hard. I'm pretty sure that there are deep wrinkles in my forehead while I fake smile and nod. Instead, I try to positively influence others who are looking for their next dog and be very specific about where they can find their next dog - a shelter or a local rescue group with they are looking for a specific breed. With the recent news of Sea World being banned from breeding orcas, public perception of breeding has changed. I really hope that this decision also puts a light on the cruelty of dog breeding. It's all about progress!
Char was our very first family dog. Our family bought him from a breeder as a puppy. We named him Char because in Japanese, it means brown. He was supposed to be a cockapoo but honestly, we have no idea. He was a really sweet dog and very well mannered. However, he was always a little skittish and didn't enjoy being touched all that much. Now that I think back, I think these are signs of coming from a bad place. With that being said, he was with our family since Sheena was 4 and I was 7. He was the perfect first dog to all of us and lived a very long life and passed away at 17 years old.
Taffy is our 2nd family dog. Our family friend had puppies and she was one of them. Taffy is the friendliest dog I've ever met. She literally likes everyone. One of our favorite family stories is when the cable guy came to our house. She followed him around and would sit on his lap while he worked to the point where he asked if it was ok if he took her to the next room. We all named her Taffy because she was long and skinny at the time. She's our not so miniature dachshund but it's all good. Eating is her favorite hobby and at the age of 14, we let her be.
Minnie is my first dog that I bought with my own money. Legally Blonde made me want a chihuahua really bad. We bought her from I think a back yard breeder. Since I was still young, my lack of training and time I think made her a little skittish and independent. Now that many years has passed, she's much more open and likes to be cuddled. As a chihuahua prone to dental issues, she doesn't have much teeth left which is a good reminder that most dogs need to have their teeth cleaned. She loves sleeping on a pillow and will sleep on mine and I have to politely use the corner so she can sleep like a princess.
Mickey is Sheena's first dog. She adopted him from her husband's family and oh boy he was a trouble maker when he first started living at my parent's house. He wasn't fixed so he would mark on everything. You name it, he peed on it. He was extremely loyal and protective towards Sheena and would growl and bite us when we would come into her room. Once we got him fixed and he started trusting us, he adapted a much more positive attitude. Now, he shows all of us his belly and he is a secret cuddler. He's the first to come up to you when you come home and will come to your room in the middle of the night to sneak a snuggle in.
Daisy is Sheena's second dog. She doesn't need much of a bio since most of you already know so much about her so I'm going to share with you how she is with the other dogs. Daisy LOVES her brother Mickey and follows him around and annoys him by consistently asking to play with him just like any good little sister. She was super sweet with Char and just let him be. Her and Taffy often sunbathe together out in the yard. Minnie isn't really social so they just share some couch space. When Pixie is over, she tries to play with her and Pixie becomes pissy because Pixie just doesn't really get how to be a dog. After a little bit of bickering, they get over it and have been cuddling on the couch all buddy buddy.
Pixie is my second dog. She also doesn't need much of a bio so I will share with you how she is with the other dogs. Pixie is from a puppy mill which means that she probably had to fight with other dogs for food and attention. At first, she was very defensive with the other dogs. Now, she's open and shows her belly in any of the dogs presence. Unfortunately, she never got to meet Char. Her and Taffy are both greedy about their food and can often be seen eating each others food or scheming together to get dad to give them spoonfuls of ice cream. Minnie and her have the chi-connection and sleep together on mom's bed. Mickey was always super sweet to Pixie and they follow each other around. Pixie used to annoy the heck out of Daisy but it's all good now and they share Sheena or I's lap when sleeping on the couch.