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Spottyed Snuggles #133 OneHundredOne

As a Dalmatian lover, I’m excited about the upcoming  (re)release of the

Disney animated classic “101 Dalmatians”!

I fell in love with this breed as a child. I was an avid reader, read all the library books twice, sometimes for a third time, before they were due back. It gotten to the point of my being limited to check out the same number of books to how old I was. I was quite the happy camper to be selecting books from the Young Adult section in the main room rather than from the Children’s room. My siblings did not appreciate my appetite for the written word, as they sometimes didn’t read all the books they checked out within the given time.

In 1995,  Nicholas (my now late partner)  mentioned there was a live 101 Dalmatian movie to be released the following year.  I think he may have noticed how my face lit up when I described how I loved reading Dodie Smith’s book when I was a ‘tweener.  In late February 1996, I was in bed with the flu when he said he had a surprise for me and wanted to see if I was awake for it. I waved at him but really wanted more sleep. He said he’d have to get this surprise out of the car. That’s when I jumped out of bed, ran down the stairs and met Nicholas  coming in the door from the garage holding a puppy! My very first dog!!!  We named her CookiesNCream as her markings resembled Nicholas’s favorite ice cream flavor at that time.  The ‘Miss’ part came later when she decided to be a lady.

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CookiesNCream, October 1996

I owe so much to this little spotted lady. She inspired me on so many levels.

For all that she has taught me, I am forever grateful.

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p.s. I was not compensated for mentioning the upcoming Blu-Ray & Digital HD release of Disney’s animated movie ‘101 Dalmatians’.

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Spottyed Snuggles #130 May

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“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone

Spottyed Snuggles for a fur-tastic 2015!

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Spottyed Snuggles #124 Honor

“There is honor in being a dog.”

Aristotle

I think Aristotle was right.

It was an honor to have had these wonderful dogs in my life.

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Spottyed Snuggles #122 Grateful

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“A dog is grateful for what is,
which I am finding to be
the soundest kind of wisdom and very good theology.” 
 – Carrie Newcomer

Although Cherie (La Petite Grande Dame Cherie)  lived with me for just a short time,

this daily beautiful smile of hers spoke volumes of how grateful she was!

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Spottyed Snuggles #121 Heart

 

 

 

“A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, smart or dumb.

Give him your heart.. and he’ll give you his.”

― Milo Gathema

Miss CookiesNCream and The Bandit, taken March 2008.

 They had my heart from the moment they came into my life

and gave me theirs up to the day they took their journey across the

Rainbow Bridge.

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Spottyed Snuggles #120 Look

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“Your dog will look at you when you are worth looking at.”

~ Sam Malatesta

The Bandit loved looking at me.

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Spottyed Snuggles #119 Influence

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“If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence,

try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.”

cowboy wisdom

Miss Cookies N Cream would have agreed with this.

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Spottyed Snuggles #118 Stunned

“Which of us has not been stunned by the

beauty of an animal’s skin or its flexibility in motion?”

~ Marianne Moore

It tickled my heart to watch La Petite Grande Dame Cherie in motion!

I knew she had the Dalmatian running trait in her.

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Spottyed Snuggles #115 Phi Beta Kappa

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“Why, that dog is practically a Phi Beta Kappa.

She can sit up and beg, and she can give her paw

— I don’t say she will but she can.”

Dorothy Parker

Miss CookiesNCream certainly did things her own way.

She learned her manners well but as a typical Dalmatian,

she figured out what suited her the best.

All I know is that she always gave her heart up to the very end.

Today marks her Sixth Rainbow Bridge Anniversary.

December  25, 1995 to September 3, 2008.

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Spottyed Snuggles #114 Family

 

 

“A dog reflects the family life.

Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one?

Snarling PEOPLE have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

 

This month’s theme of the Blog Paws Blog Hop is Aging Pets Appreciation Month.

I’d like to share my experience concerning this topic:

As you can see by all of these pictures above of La Petite Grande Dame Cherie, she was quite happy.  She was estimated to be about 6 years old, which for Dalmatians, may be considered seniors.   She came here with a long list of special needs, ranging from:  being smaller for the breed, bad hips and knees, front teeth worn down, cracked canines, along with a severe tartar and plaque buildup in her back teeth,  skin inflammation due to a flea allergy,  very loose skin, skin cancer (benign) and was not spayed until she was turned in to the local area shelter early 2008.

These are of the first few days being home with me.

Why did I adopt a senior instead of a puppy/young adult? I just wasn’t ready.

In 2008, I sent both The Bandit and Miss CookiesNCream over the Rainbow Bridge. The decision to do so is in itself devastating. Having to perform this final act of love twice in three months  just about broke my heart. They provided me with the emotional support I needed after my other half/life partner/common-law husband of 11 years passed away. They would not allowed me to fall into a deep depression by their zest for life and enjoyment of ‘living in the present’.  They both developed medical conditions the previous year that  finally took its toll.

After a week of noticing that home was very quiet without the pitter patter of spottyed paws,  I made a road trip to the Save A Spot Rescue, which was one of the few Dalmatian rescues in the northern and Central California area. I had searched the many listed on  their Petfinders site for possible candidates. Bridget, as she was called, was on my list but not at the top. The story about her was that she was turned in with her sister, and the rescue hoped that they would be adopted together as they were about the same size.  Bridget was diagnosed with skin cancer ( benign) while in the rescue’s care so they considered the best interest if they did not continue to insist the sisters get adopted together.

The rescue brought out every ‘candidate’  that I had on my list,  and while each of them were all great,  I felt I wasn’t ready for all the energy needed for having a young Dal.  I admit I really wished I had the room to have taken them all tho as it was difficult to chose just one. Can you say Dalmatian Plantation?! LOL  I decided on Bridget/Cherie because she was low key in her energy levels and she just looked like she needed to spend the rest of her life being loved.

When she came home, it took a couple of days for her to get acclimated. She also had her own  ideas about routines and habits and insisted that I’d adhere to that.  It was a matter of trade offs- I taught her how to play with toys and she preferred her meals at a certain time, or close to the time she’d been accustomed to.  We worked on firming and toning her muscles and she’d give me a kiss and a tail wag because she loved everything we did together.

These are pictures of her really enjoying herself:

 

I truly enjoyed having Cherie in my life. It seems she was perfect for what I needed- or perhaps Bandit and Cookies sent me to help her? She displayed a few behavioral quirks that only Bandit or Cookies did, which I found very comforting, as if they were letting me know through her that I need to remember to live for the moment as if they were still there to help me do that.

When Cherie was ready to cross over to the Rainbow Bridge, she was sad that she had to leave me, yet she was appreciative for all the time we had together, even if it was only three  calendar years. To her, it may have been a total dream come true- to be loved for who she is, and nothing more.

For that I am truly honored and humbled for having her in my life.

 

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