• A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. ~ Josh Billings
  • I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~ Gilda Radner

Daisy Duke

Boy that sunshine sure feels good

Daisy in the sunshine

When Savannah was 13 she decided she wanted a Chihuahua.  I think the fact that Britney Spears and Paris Hilton each had one was a major factor influencing Savannah’s desire for the breed.  I tried to convince her she wanted a West Highland White instead, and she considered it for a while, but when I discovered how pricey the Westies were I quickly stopped pushing that idea.  So it was decided that she could have a Chihuahua for her 14th birthday.

She found a breeder in Ruby, SC with a litter of three.  When we paid them a visit to see the pups, Savannah instantly picked Daisy, because “she is pretty and her sisters are ugly”.  Her full name is Daisy Duke, because Jessica Simpson had a dog with that name and Savannah really liked it.  We simply call her Daisy most of the time, but sometimes we call her by her nickname, DayDay.

When we first brought Daisy home we were very concerned how she and Jingles would get along.  Jingles is very aggressive with other dogs (and also to male humans, by the way).  We introduced them carefully, and slowly allowed them to get used to each other, and in time they became great friends.

Daisy is very well socialized for a Chihuahua.  Savannah took her along almost everywhere she went that first year.  She had a “dog purse” and would sneak Daisy into stores, movies, and even restaurants.

Daisy is also very well traveled.  She has been all over the state of South Carolina, from the beach to the mountains, and from the North Carolina border to the Georgia state line.

Here are some of the highlights of Daisy’s life:

  1. She jumped into a swimming pool and discovered she hates to touch water.
  2. She was nearly carried off by a Red-tailed hawk.
  3. She lived in Taylors, SC when Savannah was a junior in high school there.
  4. She developed gum disease and had most of her front teeth removed.
  5. There is no number 5. (Daisy is not as adventurous as Jingles!)

Next up: the story of Milo and Mitzie

How Jingles came to live with us.

Around Christmastime in 1995 I had the crazy idea that we needed a dog.  I had recently seen Crimson Tide, and was enamored of Gene Hackman’s dog, a Jack Russell Terrier.  So when I happened to see an ad for Jack Russell pups in the local paper, I decided to go take a look at them.   I took the kids along; subconsciously I knew this would ensure we came home with a puppy.  At the time Lauren was seven and Savannah was four.

The breeder had four pups left, three males and a female.  I did not want a female, but the girls overruled me.  That tiny pup rode home on Lauren’s lap.  It was love at first sight for the both of them,  and it continues to this day, almost 15 years later.

We brought the puppy into the house to surprise Mom.  Indeed it was a surprise, but not a pleasant one.  Mom was angry! And she stayed angry for days! But soon enough she came to love that pup and all was forgiven.

After tossing around several ideas for names, the girls decided that because it was Christmastime we would name her Jingle Bells.  Her “official name” on the registration is Smith Girls Jingle Belle, but we just call her Jingles.  Her nickname is JB.  She is the only one of our pets that is registered.

Jingles has lived an eventful life.  I will give you more details in another post, so I will just share some highlights here:

  1. She broke her leg and had to walk in a cast for several weeks.
  2. She had three litters of pups.
  3. She traveled over 1000 miles by car to New Hampshire and spent two weeks at Camp Walt Whitman.
  4. She flew home from camp on Delta Airlines.
  5. She survived a house fire.
  6. She interrupted a soccer game and ran around on the field for five minutes before being captured and subdued.
  7. She was pepper-sprayed by a meter reader.
  8. She fought with a large dog and lost (stiches and a drainage tube).

Jingles has been a loyal and faithful friend and we all love her very much.

Note: this is the first in a series of posts about how we came to adopt our pets.   They will be posted in chronological order. Thanks for reading!

Don’t Jump, Daisy!

The view is fantastic from up here!

Another beautiful day at the park.

Happy Birthday Lauren!!

Lauren and Jingles

Lauren is 22 today.  Here’s a picture of her with Jingles from a time when they were both a little younger.  We are very proud of Lauren.  She will graduate from the University of South Carolina in May and she’s looking for a job as a teacher in the fall.

Happy Birthday, Lauren!!!

Wordless Wednesday

Maytag would love to drag this guy home

Happy Birthday Daisy!!

Happy Birthday!

Daisy is five years old today.  Wow!  It seems like just yesterday she came to live with us.

We celebrated with some treats and a hand-made party hat.  Daisy wasn’t quite sure what to make of the hat.  You might notice Maytag in the background, playing it cool, as usual.

Jingles enjoys the sunshine

Old Jingles is still hanging in there, even though she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure more than one year ago.  She gets her meds daily, and she just keeps plugging along.

The Old Lady enjoying the warm sun

Jingles still walks around the block, but sometimes we have to carry her the last little bit up the hill toward home.  She’s going on 15 years old, and hopefully she will be with us for many more.

The sun makes her sleepy