I like to show off my babies, so some of you have already met my two main pets, but I'll be glad to introduce them again... plus a couple I haven't mentioned previously.
First is my beautiful dog, Gracie. She's called Grace or Gracie May by me... Grace Ellen (I don't know why) by my mother, Gracie Lou Freebush (from the movie Miss Congeniality) by my sister-in-law, and sometimes the undignified "Needle Nose" by my sister
. She is 2 years old, and came home with me when she was barely more than a puffball. Her breed is Shetland Sheepdog, which is actually not a collie at all, although she does have a bit of a "lassie" look. She's very smart, very loving, perfectly potty trained, and drop-dead gorgeous.
Sweet baby pix... chewing on my shoestring...
All grown up...
My cat is just over 1 year old... I adopted him from a local pet food/supply store that takes in strays and abandoned kitten litters, etc. I actually adopted 2 striped boys, and one was the runt and died a few days later... so I went back and got this one, because his little black goatee chin spoke to me, LOL. It took me forever to name the 2 kitties... nothing seemed to fit. Finally, as it was primary season, they got named Clinton and Obama. Shortly before the conclusion of the primary race, Clinton disappeared and never came home... I knew it was an omen. Obama is mostly called Bamakitty or Kitty-Boy, and has eyes the color of gyokuro:
My Cairn Terrier is named Katie, and she's 8 years old. I was living with my parents when I got her, and when I moved out, we decided as a group to let her stay with them because it's the only home she's ever known. She's fat and lazy and full of attitude. She has an indifferent cat's attitude, never eager to please, loves you when she loves you and could care less the rest of the time.
And the best dog I have ever known... the queen of the Dog Hall of Fame... Shady Lady. Shady was a Sheltie like Gracie, but with ears like a Gremlin. She was brilliant, loving, loyal, guard dog, baby sitter, friend, and member of our family for almost 11 years. She's been gone since 2000, and I can still hardly talk about her without a tear or two. To say she was loved by our family is a huge understatement: