Friday, August 08, 2008

It's a Dog's World


Our family dog, Tiffany, has to be the greatest dog that ever lived. I am not being bias, I am telling you, she really is the greatest dog and if you had a chance to meet her you would think so... okay, maybe not at this stage in her life but a year or so back. Beautiful German Shepherd/Labrador with massive brown eyes.

Her gray chin gives away the fact that she's old. Very, very old. In human years, seventeen years and six months old. We picked her up at out local pet store when she was 3 months old for my brother Peter. He had a crush on a girl at the time, Tiffany. So, there wasn't much of an issue in choosing a name for his dog. He "loved" his crush and he loved his new puppy, easy choosing. She was such a sweet girl, we're onto the dog now, with these big brown soulful eyes; we fell in love with her and claimed her as ours. Except for when she pooped relieved herself in the house, then she became Peter's dog. I am told that I had nightmares of her not making it to the bathroom, where we kept her while she was a tiny puppy, or outside to do her thing. She would sniff around and this would signal us to, "Get her out! Get her out!". Apparently I woke up in the middle of the night yelling, "She's sniffing around! She's sniffing around!!". Did I ever mention that I talk in my sleep? That's another post for another day.

We got another dog years later for my younger brother David, Misty. This dog HAD to be from Hades another world. She was spunky and a little mean. Or so we thought. She would conspire with Tiffany and talk her into breaking out and taking a road trip. One night during a horrific thunder storm we went out to find the gate busted and the "girls" gone. I am sorry to say that we were more concerned with what happened to Tiff than Misty. We KNEW that Misty was behind this, the dog from Hades another world. We scoured the neighborhoods and soon received a phone call. A lady on another street took them in during the storm, did we want to pick them up? We'll pick Tiffany up. We ended up coming home with both girls and having to leash Misty, the dog from Hades another world. It wasn't long after that incident that we received a call from our elderly neighbor, her daughter had cancer and didn't have very long to live and Misty was causing her to lose sleep. See, I told you, Dog from... yah you know. Not only did she howl and bark all night she would shimmy her way under the house and take apart the heater ducts and who knows what else. We took Misty to the pound and was told later on that she was in fact mentally retarded and not a dog from hades another world. Poor Misty.

Today Tiffany is very old, she could use a walker and maybe a few depends. That just sparked another thought, when she was in her baby bearing age she was not allowed to come in the house without something to cover her up... this may be TMI for some. I warned you. This covering up required an old pair of her owners underwear wrapped around so that she kept our carpets clean. TMI? okay then. She was just like a human... sort of.

The past few weeks have been really tough on her. She is like a stubborn old lady that refuses to listen to direction. She pushes, literally, until she gets her way and relieves herself wherever and whenever. This is from a dog who would get embarrassed if you saw her doing her thing on the grass. Now she can't help it. Soon she will be gone and that may be one the hardest things, she's been our family for more than half my life.

She still is the greatest dog alive.

4 comments:

Jenster said...

Ohhhhh. She looks so much like my Sookie!

What a very sweet post, Deb.

Queen Catherella said...

I "heart" my Tiffany (o:

And this is an interesting post, seeing as how Deb has the least amount of patience with her, and can still love her so much... can you imagine how my brothers feel?

It's a love that trascends species... (o: lol

Becky said...

Awww, she looks like a grand old dog. Sweet post.

**Dog whispers** Tiff...yo, Tiff! It's your cyber-canine pal Raisin Mulan. You've got a cushy retirement plan there, my friend. Keep being lovable and adorable at all times, and throw your weight around when necessary and you'll do all right for yourself. But I'm warning you, one missed step, one slip of the paw, one 'accident' inside and KA-BAM...banished to the back yard.

Don't think you're immune. I made that mistake as a cute, wrinkly, adorable little whelp of a pup, and BAM, found myself stuck in the back yard. And don't get me started on the mistress crooning at the little boy like she used to do me. All I get is a pat on the head and maybe a couple of "Lazy Raisy" comments when she tosses my kibble out the back door the mornings.

All that to say, keep a happy, adorable look on your face at all times, and maybe nose in for a good pat every now and again, or rally for a little puppy playfulness every now and again. It really endears you to the peeps. Seriously, I can't stress this enough.

Oh, no...gotta skedaddle out the screen door, the mistress is coming back in from the laundry room. Peace out, Tiff.

The Daily "B" said...

Rasin Mulan - Poor Tiff is too old to get on the computer lately, but she sends her thanks. Her words, "Us canines need to stick together!"