Roo! When I was a freshman in high school I got a little tiny beagle puppy named Dolly. I took her everywhere and people were constantly asking me if I would raise some puppies so they could have one like her. So...I did. And it started my "part-time" job through high school and college. Now, please don't hate on me. I wasn't a "puppy mill" but I did get a couple other females and a male dog and sold a couple litters of puppies a year. I was pretty diligent about making sure they went to good homes, with people who understood a beagle and that they were healthy. Well...when Roo was a baby he was NOT healthy. He had some major tummy issues and just plain didn't grow for a very long time (it's is a LONG story, I won't bore you with the details), so I kept him and had him neutered. He is the SWEETEST, most softhearted little dog but can also be pretty rough and tumble. He isn't overly smart (I think that is due to him having pneumonia at one point and almost dying and being really low on oxygen for a while) but he surprises us pretty often. Roo will be 5 in September.
(R wasn't feeling good and Roo watched over him ALL day)
and here is his full sister (but she is a year older)
Kisses! Kisses was the first "chocolate" puppy any of my dogs every had. We bonded like VERY early and I decided to keep her for my college companion and to maybe have a few puppies out of. But as she grew we realized she had a condition called antebrachial growth deformity. It is caused by one of the small bones in the leg grows disproportionately to the other, causing a curve or twist to occur in the leg. Because it is in both of her front legs it is likely genetic. We didn't really realize it was so bad until after Roo was born or we may not have even bred her mom again. As it was, we didn't raise any more litters after Roo. Kisses has more attitude in her little body than any 120lb "big" dog. She is THE boss around here. And she is VERY attached to me. And her and Roo are the best of buddies so I'm almost glad he had "issues" so she ended up with her brother staying with her. Kisses will be 6 in September.
Check back soon for a funny story about Roo and D and an "intruder"!