The terror of tornadoes, witches, tin men, scarecrows, lions, tigers and bears...oooh my!!!
A brave little girl, with her brave little dog, facing all those threats, together.
Growing up in Kansas, in the late 1940's...this was really, really scary. We didn't have Jasons, Halloween I, II, etc. There were no Chuckies, no Chainsaw Massacres, no Aliens, no Zombies.
We were not numb to scary movies...we were scared, or at least I was.
So, from the moment I saw Toto, I was in love. I wanted a brave little dog to be with me, to face the scary world.Life goes on and the dogs that seemed to fit our family were hunting dogs. The loving, loyal and friendly Lab made it's way into my heart. On one of our trips to Colorado, we were there for the Scottish Festival in Estes Park. The bagpipe bands played and marched by. Clans marched by. Then came the Dogs of the British Isle...and there they were, the Cairn Terrier...my Toto! My heart leaped as I watched these brave little dogs parade by. We went to the festival at the fair grounds , and I headed straight to the dog section. No time for beer, or even a glance at the men in kilts...I talked with every owner and loved on every Toto I could find.
After that vacation, I started researching the breed and somehow I completely overlooked the part about them being very independent. How they'll sit in your lap for awhile, then off for an adventure. I also missed the part about being very, very stubborn.... I focused on great with kids.
I focused on friendly.
I focused on intelligent.
I focused on how cute they were.
I focused on Toto, from the Wizard of Oz!!!
After my husband died, I faced my own fear, my own tornado...I was alone with two dogs, so hey??? what's one more??? How bout a dog that doesn't fear witches and tornadoes?
Well, I found my Sophie...the blond terror!
She is absolutely too cute, too funny, super smart, great with the grandchildren...but, she is the most stubborn dog I've ever seen in my life...and, a drama queen.
I proudly took her to puppy training at Petsmart...needless to say, she was the first in her class to do anything. She sat, laid down, did "come, heel, stay"..... I became a little arrogant as the other puppies struggled.
Then came graduation night..ooh gosh was I excited! I simply knew that she'd be tops in her class.
She refused to do anything, she sat there looking like I beat her every night... She hung her head ever so sadly as I gave her the commands and...when I went near her, I swear, she cowered...This was my pride and joy...she cowered!!!! I've never hit her, never even yelled...I adored her and she cowered!!! OOh yes, I got the "look" from the other owners.
She was allowed to graduate anyway! I got my picture and have it on the frig for all to see. I have to laugh every time I see this picture and I remember her puppy years.
Saturday was her 10th birthday and I bought her doggie ice cream. Thought about our ten years together. Thought about how much I love her and how much joy she has brought me. She is sooo smart...the smartest dog I've ever had.
Loyal??? well she dropped me for BF. She only loves him now, but that's another story.
She sleeps with me, we snuggle and oooh my, she just feels good to pet. Very Soothing...
Anyway, so far no tornadoes, no witches, lions, tigers, bears and for sure, No Squirrels. I really, really love her!