Thanksgiving this year with my family was full of food, as normal, and four-legged friends.
Four of them to be exact. Four precious puppy dogs that usually live as single pets, but had to learn to share a home for the holidays.
Let me introduce Breezy, Bella, Buddy, and Axle (who would fit this story much more suitably with a “B” name).
Breezy is my baby. My precious Pomeranian who’s 8 years old. She was a breeder for five years before I adopted her. Breezy loves to take care of everyone, and after having a ton of litters over her lifetime, she knows how to take on the “mom” role. And she’s bossy. Very bossy.
As you can see by her frilly Christmas collar, she’s also spoiled rotten. Oops. 🙂 But being a small dog has enabled her to take on a big personality to get what she wants. And she does so successfully the majority of the time. How can you say “no” to that face?!
Here is the lovely Bella, a 3-year-old (I think) Basset Hound. My aunt brought Bella up to visit this year, and she fit in well, being a calm and gentle dog. She was also very patient to deal with so many pups. Bella was very likeable and enjoyed cuddling, much to Breezy’s dismay when she Bella sat on my lap.
My favorite Bella trait was her velvety ears, so silky and smooth! I can imagine she stepped on those mile-long ears as a puppy with short, squat legs. She, too, knew how to survive Thanksgiving. Those desperate, droopy eyes seemed to get her any table scrap she desired.
Buddy is a King James Cavalier just a few months old. Yes, he’s the baby of the bunch. Big bug-like eyes and soft, shiny black hair are terrific Buddy qualities.
Very timid and reliant on his owner, my cousin, Buddy was quick to cause chaos when my cousin left the room. One Buddy wail would cause a domino effect with the remaining dogs. Bella, with the big snoopy ears, quickly ran to the call of Buddy’s bark, which then cued Breezy to perk up and get annoyed that her nap was disrupted. Remember, Breezy’s bossy attitude didn’t tolerate kids acting up in what she thought was her house!
Poor Axle. This poor man must have slept like a baby when the rest of the dogs left after Thanksgiving. Axle is my brother’s Blood Hound/Border Collie cross. Yes, quite the mix I know. It was Axle’s home that was invaded for the holidays, and he made that known! Axle can tolerate Breezy, since he’s seen her several times. But poor Bella wasn’t welcome. He tolerated Buddy, but for some reason Bella was an enemy. He growled and scowled every time she came near. But even in the midst of major discontentment, we were able to avoid a fight.
Quite the crew they were! What could have been a furious display of envy and dog fights was a fun weekend of various puppy personalities. Only a few shedded hairs on the sofa were left as evidence of canine craziness for the Thanksgiving holidays.
Bella and Buddy, I will miss you! Axle, I’m sure I’ll see you again soon. We’ll go for a run together next time.
And Breezy, I will continue to spoil you. 🙂