Saturday, March 21, 2009

A bit more about me

I was born in Madison, Georgia on December 11, 2001. Dad's brother owns my mom, Lily. My mom is a small, short legged yellow Lab and pretty laid back. I take after my mom! In February, 2002, Pam and Joe came to Madison and took me and my sister, Iris to our new home in Geneva, Florida, outside of Orlando. We were not happy Labs. They put us in cages in the back of their SUV and we drove forever. We cried for hours. We were not leash trained and we were really scared when we could not run and play like we had done in Madison. But, when we arrived in Geneva we had a really big yard with lots of grass and lots of woods. We had woods in Madison and we love them! Pam and Joe had built us a really big pen with a wonderful dog loo. So, it was not so bad. But, we soon grew weary of the pen and I learned how to dig out of it. I would dig and Iris would squirm out first, as she was the skinny one back in those early days. Then I would dig some more and make my escape. Then, off to the woods we would go!
Shortly after we arrived, some people started building a house next door. Iris and I would charge through the woods and visit the workers. We left our pawprints on the concrete foundation and the workers did not seem very happy. The workers would leave lots of trash around so we had interesting things to eat, from time to time. And, we would bring presents home to Mom. Iris brought her a screwdriver one day. I liked to bring her water bottles or Wendy's bags. Fun times!
Eventually we became potty trained and allowed to live full time in the house. We loved lying in the sun by the pool or lying on the cool tile floors in the kitchen. But, mostly we loved to play in the yard chasing balls or frisbees or sometimes even deer! Life was good.
Then, one day in June, Iris was gone. Mom and Dad drove her to Virginia to a new home. She now belonged to their son Pete and his wife, Madonna. That had been the plan all along. Mom was going to potty train and teach her some manners, then in the summer, when Madonna was not teaching school, she would go to live with them and be their dog. This was such a sad time for me. I missed Iris so much! Life was crap.
But, Mom and Dad always kept me busy. I learned to actually catch the frisbee in midair and to charge down the driveway with Dad in the mornings and get the paper. I ran EVERYWHERE! I became a Florida Dog! And a traveling dog!
Now that we live in Virginia part of the year, I still get to see my beloved Iris a lot. We don't have the adventures that we once had but we still love a good nap together! I love Iris!

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