My Story by Carys B.
A big Woo-o Who-o to you! (That’s Schnauzer talk for “Hello Everyone”)
First of all, I want to thank Northshore Veterinary Hospital for choosing me as their “Pet of the Month”. It’s a great honor and privilege, and I hope I can live up to expectations. So without further ado, here is my story.
I first met my new people, or “peeps” as my wonderful vet calls them, while I was at my foster mom’s house in 2009. They came to see me, and decided right then that I was the special dog for them. I had been in Northwest Mini Schnauzer Rescue for quite a while, and thought I would never find a forever home. I understand that it isn’t necessarily easy find a forever home for someone when they are no longer a cute young puppy, and I was 6 years old, a mature lady. And to compound matters, to be very blunt in my case, I was extremely obese. I found it quite difficult to even walk carrying all that extra weight, let alone run, jump, and play like other dogs. I was also very submissive, and had my tail tucked so tightly that Rescue wasn’t even sure I had a tail. I cowered and cringed anytime someone new attempted to pet me. As a result, I learned from Rescue that it would be more difficult to find an appropriate home for me, but to their credit, they persevered and found me my ideal forever home. You see, my new “peeps” didn’t look at the dog I was, but instead saw the dog that I could be. And it’s amazing what can be done if someone truly believes in you!
When I was finally adopted by my “peeps”, it was a very rocky beginning, because I was in their home only 2 weeks before they had to board me out while they went on a 10-day cruise. They had already purchased their tickets and were booked in with a special group. So I, of course, thought I had been abandoned again. I was very surprised to see them when they came to pick me up after they returned. But after that rocky beginning, I have been with them every single day, and oh, what adventures we have had!
My “peeps” have turned out to be the most loving couple I could have ever imagined. My Dad took me for long walks every morning, at least a mile, and sometimes 2 – 5 miles, no matter the weather, and my Mom made sure I got the proper diet for my meals and treats. They both are loving, doting parents to me. They believe in lots of exercise, a proper diet, consistent rules, and lots and lots of love.
The truly amazing part about walks with Dad, the proper diet from Mom, and lots and lots of love, is that I’ve lost all of that ugly extra weight, and instead have gained solid muscle. My vet says I am at my ideal weight with absolutely no fat anywhere, only solid muscle, and believe it or not, I have become quite an athlete. I can walk, run, and jump with the best of them, and I’m 14 years old now – a true Senior Citizen! No one who sees me now, who knew me when I first went into Rescue, can believe the great change in me. Not only am I slim and trim, I have gained a lot of confidence! My tail is no longer tucked, and I no longer cower and cringe when I meet people. In fact, when I meet people that I know, I greet them with a big “Woo-o Who-o!” and a dignified paw/hand shake, and in all cases I try to be as charming as possible. Everyone makes over me and tells my Mom and Dad how lucky they are to have the perfect dog – what an ego boost for me!
And here is the really good part – they love to travel and have a small RV. We have traveled together to Alaska, Canada, California (several times), and twice to Florida. I thoroughly enjoy traveling with them because I get to meet so many different people. I’ve seen so much, and sniffed so many different things sometimes I think my poor nose goes into overdrive.
While we are at home, I have become the true “Lady of the House”. My Mom set up a nice cushy bench in the front window so that I can survey the neighborhood. And boy, am I good at letting everyone know about whatever happens, especially the deer and rabbits – I have truly found my voice!
But, the best thing about being home is every evening, by 8:00 PM, Mom and Dad are supposed to be sitting on our love seat, so that I can snuggle between them for a couple of hours before bedtime. Remember I said earlier that they dote on me – well they each pet me, rub my ears, and even give me one special biscuit treat every evening while we are snuggled in together. Ah, this is indeed the life – having two “peeps” madly in love with me, and I am madly in love with them!
Thank you Northshore Veterinary Hospital for all of your great health care over these years. Your wonderful care has made it possible for me to fully enjoy these special years with my “peeps”.
Many tail wags to you always,