Read about earlier Family pets here. I resume the story after Ken and I had married and moved into an apartment on King Avenue in Columbus Ohio while he finished school.
Liz the Cocker Spaniel
In my first post on Pets Are Family, I mentioned Liz, the Cocker Spaniel Ken and I adopted at the Humane Society in Columbus Ohio (no AKA papers for us). We were newly weds and she was a loving and obedient dog, who knew she was not supposed to cross the line onto the living room rug, but would lie on the wood floor in our 1920s era apartment and stick her nose into forbidden territory. When our first child was about one year old, Liz had a litter of pups. Kenny’s first words were “Puh-puh”. We found homes for the puppies, but Liz decided she liked freedom and took off one day, not to return.
Bitsy the Terrier Mix
After we moved to Arizona, now with a suburban house and fenced lawn and three little boys, we thought it was time again to have a dog. This time it was a cuddly little terrier puppy who stayed with us through becoming mother to a litter of puppies, lots of adventures, and a move to a new house.
Budweiser the Rabbit
At that new house in Scottsdale, after Bitsy and before the German Shepherds Mack and Suki, I had a rabbit. My father named it Budweiser because it was full of hops. (Feel free to groan). Rabbits are great pets, except that they like to chew on electric cords which is a habit that could burn the house down. Bud liked to nestle up beside me when I laid out on the small grass patch where I sunbathed. I think he thought he was a cat.
Our boys also had a succession of mice (OOOO the smell!), gerbils and hamsters.
The Friendly Siamese, Chat
Later,after another move to our fourth Arizona home, a Tucson house with no yard for a dog, we got a cat, named, obviously (if you speak French) “Chat.” (pronounced more like shot than chat.) She was a Siamese, and unlike the general reputation of Siamese cats, she was loving and affectionate. Like other pets, Chat endured a move to another house before she disappeared.
The World’s Best Dog, Pumpkin
[Apologies, Bogie, but Pumpkin was a smart an loving dog that it will take a lot to beat!] Our third Tucson house, way out in the desert, called for a tough dog and offered in exchange lots of space. Before we had a chance to go looking, our son Mike spotted a puppy at the Swap Meet that someone was going to give away or dump in the desert if no one took her by the end of the day. She was a pitbull mix, and Mike could not stand the thought of the beautiful little pup being abandoned, so he took it home. She was too much for apartment living, so he asked us to take her “temporarily.” Pumpkin, because she was acquired near Halloween, came to live with us in our desert home and stayed with us for fourteen wonderful years, through a move to our present townhouse.
She charmed everyone she came in contact with, from the babies and little ones she loved to the elderly grandparents.
While we lived out in the desert, we also acquired our first AKC certified dog, a Golden Lab puppy we called Itsy. (That comes from a Greek saying, itsy-kitsy, which is like saying “whatever.” Itsy grew into a large and rambunctious and when we moved to our townhouse, we realized that two active dogs would be on too many. Fortuitously, we found a couple who had another Lab and wanted to adopt Itsy.
And Back to Bogie, the Poodle Yorkshire mix
When Pumpkin died at fourteen years old, we had an interlude when our son lived with us with his dog, but when he moved out, we went back to the Humane Society to look for our newest family member, Bogie.
He was named for the irony of his big brown eyes and tiny stature making us think of tough guy Humphrey Bogart, who wowed all the ladies–just as Bogie does.
I may revisit this topic and this post because there are other pictures that I know exist somewhere, and I want to add them as I find them.
“There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.”
A fellow genealogy blogger decided to join me in this effort with her SECOND post on pets in her family. You can see her furry family members on her blog, Cow Hampshire
Read more quotes at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/16344-25-famous-quotes-about-dogs#vuLpjS2xMDAL3b7t.99
and at http://goodreads.com/works/quo