I got kidnapped to a family with two hooman pups,
The gurrrrrl hooman pup really loves me,
And I really love her too and let her do anything to me.....
How do you think this happened???
Did I fool you???
This is me, (pictured at age 10)
This is my brother, Winston, (pictured at age 10)
This is me, (pictured at age 10)
This is my brother Winston, (pictured at age 10)
This is me and Winston almost 11 years ago on the day that we were leaving the breeder's house. We were picked up on the same day. (Pictured at 8 weeks)
Mum and Winton's parents had recently reconnected and shared stories about us. To sum up our personalities in 3 words:
Winston: Calm, Easy-Going, Mellow
Sunshade: Calm, Demanding, Dominant
Winston was his parent's only child for the first 7 years, and then he welcomed his hooman pup sister, Clair, and then later on hooman brother Ian. He lets them crawl all over him, pull on his ears, take food from his bowl, and basically do anything to him. His dad says he has been a dream with the kids.
(mum: Sunshade and Winston are identical with their fluffy sheep coats!!! It's good that the breeder gave them Winston and not Miss Sunshade LOL! The breeder did puppy testing on the pups when they were 8 weeks old to help her place them in appropriate homes. I remember Winston was the runt of the litter that the breeder hand fed a few extra meals just to make sure he got just as much nutrients as the rest of the pups. He tested very mellow and most relaxed and forgiving. Miss Sunshade on the other hand tested more towards dominant side of things as I recall.
Other than food allergies (which Sunshade has), Winston has been in great health. He too just turned 11, and was still mountain biking with his dad during the summer. I can't stress enough how important a proper diet is to a growing pup. Yes Sunshade has been on a great diet over the last 9 years or so, but she ate grocery brand kibble during the most important stage of her life (first 2 years). That along with other mistakes I'd made (ie, agility at 7 months & got injured) from not educating myself at the time has her paying for it her entire life.... Jaffa's sire is another brother of the same litter. He had the proper wiry coat, hence was kept by the breeder for show and breeding. He has been healthy according to the breeder. Of course, my Jaffaman with his natural rearing since 8 weeks of age, has been completely healthy in the 4 years I've had him.
Sunshade came from a breeder in Port Angeles, WA. So Winston and his family have actually lived in Seattle all this time (where were you Facebook in 1999??). Once Sunshade gets better, we'll try to get the brother/sister together!!)
Lastly, we again would just like to THANK all my blog friends, my non-blog friends (Ellen, Dora, Sharon, Shannon, Evian, Jun, Pinot, Jaspa, Jed & Abby, Sarah & Daisy, Barbara & Chili, Kathleen & Woody, and all the rest that I have missed), for all the kind words you have left for us.
I will do my SuperBEST to look after mum and keep her smiling. (mum: and I will do my best to stay positive, live in the moment, and help Sunshade beat the ugly C as well as her other ailments! I am taking Sunshade down to Seattle on Wednesday, Dec 1st to see an Internist about her Cushings, as well as an oncologist to talk about the STS.)
Special note to Barbara & Chili:
Thank you for the nice comment you have left us, sorry we have no way of contacting you.... First of all, we would like to say a big congratulations on getting clean margins on the nononoma (mum: melanoma). I hope your Manuka Honey will do you healing magic like it has done me. Please make sure you use a non-stick gauze so that when you change the dressing, it doesn't pull off new tissue growth. (mum: you might also consider applying a thin layer rather than a thick layer as the honey will drip and you will end up with a hairy sticky-dale, sticky sofa, sticky beds, sticky kitchen floor, sticky carpet!!!)
All the best!
Miss Sunshade (and mum)