Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Dog With the Human Brain

by Leann

I talk often about cats, post their cute videos, write books about them, have loved them since I was a child. But my love of animals has never stopped there. I have owned all sorts of pets in my life--hamsters, turtles, rabbits, birds. Once, as a child, I stumbled on a 'possum nest in the woods behind our house and yes, I foolishly disturbed it and brought home two tiny naked baby 'possums. Please forgive me. I was an animal loving kid who didn't know any better. The end of the 'possum story is sad, so we won't go there.

The day after my husband and I married, we were at the animal shelter looking at kittens, We brought home Ralph--an orange tabby--and Fanny---a tortie. Brother and sister. We loved our cat-kids. Then came the dogs after we had our human children. At one point I even bred Shelties and my sweetheart for fifteen years was a sable and white Sheltie named Bridget. Most loyal dog who ever owned me. There were lots of cats through the years and as many of you  who read this blog know, three of the best cats in the world all passed away within a year. It broke my heart. I still miss Indigo, Agatha and Archie so much,

When I was diagnosed with Lyme in 2006 and took early retirement because of it, we had been without a dog for more than a year. I had my cats, but I have always had dogs, too. My heart ached for a dog. That's when a mutt came into our lives. She was six weeks old and a bundle of energy. We soon learned she is probably the smartest little animal we have ever had the pleasure to know. Mixed breed dogs are like that!

Rosie is her name and during the time when I was at my sickest, she would come and sit in front of me, reminding me it was time for my medicine. She can tell time (she knows when it's my bedtime), she can bring my husband his shoes when it's time for a walk, she can roll over, dance, sit up, retrieve, lie down, sit and stay, heel and all this with very little training. She still lets me know when it's time for my meds--even though I take far less than I used to. She knows so many words, I couldn't name them all. I only know there are several--squirrel comes to mind--that we have to spell. This is a dog who hugs me when I cry or when my husband sneezes, dances for joy when I've been gone even for an hour, can bring in the paper and the mail and drop it inside the door. In other words, in my world of many cats, I have a genius dog. And when she needs my affection--especially when I'm caught up in writing and haven't paid her enough attention--she will take a pair of my socks from the laundry and sit in front of me. Yes, that's my Rosie and it's about time I told the world how much I love her. :-)



How about you? What special pets have you had in your life?

14 comments:

Lucy Burdette said...

Adorable Leann! I have an Aussie named Tonka who owns me right now--he's completely devoted in a way that Yoda the cat finds embarrassing to watch:)

Jeannie D. said...

That's so sweet! Two cats own me. One is Scooter, a Persian male and the other is Clawdene Girlie Girl a polydactyl Maine Coon. They are both precious. If I cry or sneeze, Girlie will put her paw on my face to make sure I am okay. They both are very lovable and sit with me when I read. They love to sleep with me and my husband. Best friends in the world!

Dru said...

I love your homage to Rosie.

NoraA said...

When I was younger my sibs and I asked our parents' for a dog. After much crying, moaning, and promising that we'd walk it and take care of it they gave in.

I came home from school one day to find a cage with this tiny ball of silver fur and a sign posted over the cage, "Hi my namd is Cuddles". We'd gotten a dog alright...they'd bought a mini-schnauzer, and we howled again. We had wanted something about a foot taller that we could actually play with.

Over the years I did train cuddles to bite my bother's foot when I waived it at her. So she wasn't totally useless. LOL She also gave great cuddles when you needed them.

Leann Sweeney said...

Lucy, I know what you mean about the cat-dog thing! We have a jealous thing going on here. Thanks Dru. Thought it was about time I mentioned the dog! :-) Thanks Jeannie. I adore cats, as you know, and will add to my pet collection when we finally move into our new house. Nora, Cuddles sounds sweet. As kids, my brother and I always told our dog at the time to "get the bird," a parakeet we had. The dog would run over and bark at the cage. Unfortunately I came home from school one day and he really did get the bird. Only feathers left. :-(

The Cat Bastet said...

What a beautiful, sweet dog!

Cathy AJ

Margie said...

Rosie is a lovely furry pet. I use to have my Bitsy for a nursemaid and then I had little Miss Annie for my close as a shadow companion. Out present little Tzu (Bandit) is a taz, lovable, energy plus, and everything is about him. He will be a year old in 4 days. And that doesn't mean he is grown. He knows outside, cookie, bye-bye, let's go to bed, and I know he knows what NO means, but tends to ignore it. He is slowing down in his destructive ways, chewing furniture being the worst, but he still likes paper. But all I have to say is spit it out and he does or he lets me get it out of his mouth. So what is so hard about NO, nothing, he just refuses to listen. Andmainly it is barking at evryone that passes our patio or he sees at the playground. And he does not like a car to be along side our SUV, he lets 'em have it.

He has more character and life to him then the other three Tzus we had and we love him to death.
Margie Phelps

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Cathy! And Margie, Bandit sounds adorable. If Rosie gets to bring in something from the mail that's in a big envelope she will give it me, but once I take out the contents, she wants the envelope back so she can rip it to shreds. Don't quite know what that's about!

Aurian said...

O what a sweet post Leann, I wish you many happy years with your Rosie. I still do miss my little poodle Basko. But now, my allergies for hairy animals are too big to ever have another dog.
After the neighbours cat let my canary escape a few months ago, I found the house so quiet. So today I took action, and bought from someone who did not want them anymore a huge cage with six little birds. I love them already. They are so fun to watch. 2 agapornis, and 4 zebrafinches.

Leann Sweeney said...

How great, Aurian!! Six birds. My grandparents always had a bird on their shoulder. I loved visiting their house. I can feel that you are smiling right now!

Annette said...

Leann, she is a beauty. And being smart and beautiful....that is a biggie....think of the cheerleaders you knew who were one but not the other. I have 3 rescued Boxers who run the world, or at least my part of it. Thanks for a lovely story.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette. I used to babysit for a couple who had two boxers and I always felt safe at their house. And they were such sweet dogs.

Kaye Killgore said...

Leann, I loved this post. I love dogs, cats, and horses and have been owned by all of them. Hugs to Rosie.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Kaye!