Okay, I don't have a dog. So what am I doing laying on the futon loving on a dog? Well, that would be one of the many neighbors dogs which come to our house on a regular basis to visit with us.
The one eating up some of the Saints lovings would be Miss Skeeter. I just love that name, don't y'all? It was love at first sight with her! She is a Jack Russell terrier which lives two doors down. She is the second sweetest dog I have ever met in my life with our family pet Molly the Welsh terrier holding first place in that category! Skeeter is smart, gentle, well disciplined and has a tongue that will lick your face raw! I swore I would never allow my picture on the Blog but what a perfect example of neighborly love!
We are lucky to have Skeeter with us. She had a tragic event happen in her first year of life. Her daddy, Ron let her out into the yard as he did every day at lunch time. Ron just happen to look out the back door and spotted Skeeter being hauled off into the woods while in the mouth of a coyote! Ron ran after them while screaming his head off to the point where it scared the coyote into dropping her. To this day, she will not go near strange large dogs! Smart dog but not so smart parents. As they still allow her to roam two doors over into our yard!
In the second picture, you will find Skeeter and her best friend. That would be Zip-Zip the Rat Terrier. He is all boy being rough, very yappy and hyper to the bone, but he is smart! Mommy, Lisa picked him on his perfectly marked face. We hit a bit recently on perfect markings and I am guessing that Zip had siblings much more docile then he, but she picked him and he is what we got! He is our next door neighbor in between us and Skeeter. He is a few months behind Skeeter in age so they practically grew up together living side by side. He is so full of energy that he comes into the yard and just stares off into the woods and barks at the wind!
Skeeter and Zip are so much fun to watch while playing together. Skeeters legs are much shorter then Zips but her smarts makes up for her lack in length. She can out maneuver Zip every time! They love to come into our yard because we have a lot of lush green grass for them to romp and stomp and chase each other around on. When they start running around one of our landscaped oval islands, they look like two dogs at a race track! They are adorable together and we are so happy they have each other to play with! They have both been in the house and to our surprise, Sheba and Cheetah do not seem to mind them visiting us! Sheba sniffs noses and Cheetah the baby, sits up on the Monkey tree and lets them entertain her while she stays in her safe place!
We keep Milk-bones dog treats for them. I picked Milk-bones in the memory of our Molly dog. She loved Milk-bones and every time I give one to a doggie, I think of our Beloved Molly dog! Skeeter will sit and shake hands for a treat and then gently take it from your hands. Zip, being all boy, will aggressively grab it from me and gobble it down if I let him. I am stern with him and will make him slow down and sit before he gets his treat. When Zip comes over without Skeeter for a visit, he will not eat the treats but would rather bury them in the yard somewhere. But when Skeeter is with him, he eats them only to keep her from getting them. He is that ornery! Mean old boy! One time he was alone and buried the bone and on his way home, the smart little thing dug up the bone and trotted off home with it in his mouth! Now that was adorable! He is not such a rambunctious boy when he is alone. I think he likes to show off for Skeeter, Again being all boy! Boys, ha....
Zip and Skeeter are not the only dogs which come to visit. We have Zip's big sister Jetta which is a Chow mix. Kie the Rhodesian Ridgeback use to come until those neighbors finally fenced in their yard. They also had RJ the little adorable Yorkie. They gave him away because he was a bad influence on Kie. ha, that is a story for another time...
When our baby Skeeter kitty went over the Rainbow Bridge, we had talked about getting a Rat Terrier or Jack Russell doggie but the girls came creeping out of the woods instead. But to our joy, we have the best of both worlds now with Skeeter and Zip-Zip's visits. It is pure neighborly love for us!
posted by Skeeter at 7/13/2007 09:21:00 PM