An Angel

27 Jan

Before I get into my post, prayers for my grandma would be greatly appreciated.  She just got put onto Hospice care.  😦

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More than seven years ago, I was not doing so good.  I had depression, but didn’t know how to treat it.  I was going to school and working at a movie theater, had friends and was enjoying life….but still had something missing.

Family friends had a Miniature Schnauzer they had bred.  She was going to have puppies.  And they wanted to give one to me.  After much debate, I decided to go through with it.  I hadn’t had a pet since my cat Whiskers had disappeared several years before (He was old, we think he went off to die outside one day.  He was king of the hill and wouldn’t have wanted us to see him sick…) and I missed the animal companionship.

On a trip home in January I stopped by their house to see the new puppies.  They were tiny black balls of fluff.  And were adorable.  I soon got attached to one.  This little girl was so loving.  She would try and follow me if I put her down to go play with one of the others.  I knew she would go home with me.

I called her Angel and she quickly became my baby.  She slept in bed with me, with her head on the pillow.  When it was cold, she would slip under the covers and curl up next to my tummy.

She was a very sweet girl and quickly became the bell of the ball.  We would go into Portland to visit a friend.  Stopping by his favorite restaurant, we ate outside.  And Angel got a water bowl.  Complete with lemon.  Portland really is a great dog city!

A year later, I went off to Florida to work for Disney World and left my baby with my parents.  She LOVES Grandpa and Nana.  In fact, we cannot say those words around her, because she’ll freak out.  She knows when we are on our way over there.  In fact, if we are spending the night at their house, she won’t sleep with us.  She automatically goes to sleep in their bed.

I came back from Florida engaged.  Introducing Angel to Mr. Soup was easy.  Love at first sight and another human to love on her.

Then we added two more family members.  Cats.  Angel was wary, but still was Queen of the house and so was fine.  She didn’t chase them and occasionally would play with them.  She was still in charge.

Until the next family member arrived.

Contrary to this picture, they did get along.  They were just playing football….without the ball.  They are now buddies.

And then, a year later, we had the audacity to bring another family member home.

One that wasn’t as easy to play with.

But as long as she still got to be on her Grandpa’s lap, she was fine.  And now she’ll put up with Baby Soup.  Especially now that she’s taken to walking around while eating.  Lots of snacks.

Schnauzers are great dogs.  They don’t shed at all.  You do need to get them professionally groomed because of the hair that grows in their ears.  Also, their fur can get matted easily.  Especially if another dog or cat’s saliva gets onto their beard.

They then look look like this:

A little funny, but still lovely.

Soft fur, snuggly bodies.  Perfect sized lap dogs.  Human personalities and smart.  Almost too smart.

To my Angel.  Happy Birthday, Baby Girl.  You are now 7 years old.  Here is to many more lovely years together.

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9 Responses to “An Angel”

  1. wildstorm January 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    So true about Portland being a great dog city. Your sweet dog is a beauty.

    • mrssoup January 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

      Isn’t it though? Thank you!

  2. Dallas Ann January 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    awww, happy birthday baby girl!

    I remember when you got her!! She was SUCH a blessing to you and most certainly needed in your life!

    I told Aaron that the only way we’re going to get a dog is if it’s a Schnauzer. Though I think I want a Giant. But THAT is a looong way off. When our last baby isn’t a baby anymore and we live where it isn’t -16 in the winter. :p

    • mrssoup January 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

      Oh man, Giants are SO amazing. They have the gentle giant personality for sure….so beautiful!

  3. Jennifer B January 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Wow, would you believe Schnauzer is the only type of dog that I want when we finally have the time/space for one??? Of course you would, because apparently, we are the same person somehow living 2 lives. I love your angel by the way. Beautiful girl.

    • mrssoup January 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

      Ahahahahaahhaa. Yeah…that does not surprise me one bit. They are fabulous!

  4. Michaela January 29, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Aww what a sweet post! I love Schnauzers too, they really are good dogs. Happy birthday Angel!

    • mrssoup January 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you! And yes, Schnauzers are so wonderful.

  5. Aunt Becky January 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Bwahahaha! That is one crazy dog. Happy Birthday Angel!

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