My new boss…all 9.2 pounds of her

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Boy, is she bossy!

Imperious, demanding, insistent, determined. Exhaustingly high-energy. She runs reallyfast then plops down and passes out.

She rings a small bell, hung at her height at the back door, which she strikes whenever she wants to go out, no matter what time of day or night it is. If you don’t jump up immediately, she fixes you with an indignant stare.

And she has this weird habit of licking my ankles when I come out of the shower.

While house-sitting, I’m also dog-sitting. She’s a small, low-slung terrier, (like my late lamented Petra, who died in June 1996.)

One of my favorite get-well cards after my hip surgery this year came from her…a folded card, posed in front of her at dog height, that read “One step at a time.”

I’d forgotten what it’s like to have a dog. Oh, the cuddles! (Oh, the barking!) She jumps into my lap wherever I am and keeps a careful eye on me when I’m in the shower. (In case I melt?)

She climbs across me, little claws digging into my flesh. (Hello, I have a new six-inch scar!)

I do love the insane enthusiasm with which she greets a patch of grass. The smells! The excitement! Like Petra, she does these little gazelle-like leaps of joy.

But she’s a nervous little thing, forever chewing on her metal name tag attached to her collar or shredding one of her many toys.

Let’s review: curious, imperious, high-energy, not good at sitting still, nervous tics, crazy excited about her environment, loves cuddles.

As a dear French friend once said of me: “T’es charmante et chiante a la fois!”


We might be a very good match after all.

Sadie Wins Westminster, First Scottie In 20 Years To Do So

Congratulations to Sadie!
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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, the Superbowl of canine supremacy, is a hoot. It was held this week, and Sadie, a Scottie, won.

We went a few years ago and loved it, especially being able to go “backstage” and visit with hundreds of dogs as they were prepped for their big moment. We cheered like crazy people when Uno won in 2008, the first beagle to ever do so, howling with joy when his win was announced.

This year it’s Sadie’s turn. Reports Cindy Adams in the New York Post:

And what personal goodie did Sadie get for winning this huge prize? “A hot dog,” said Dan Musser. “She loves hot dogs. Kosher. Nonkosher. Hebrew National. Anything. Any kind.”

“She’s going to California with her trainer to be bred. He has a wife and three children, so she’ll stay with them. But she’ll come back to Michigan to give birth. She’s used to airplanes because in this campaign year she’s showed someplace every week. She flies under the seat.”We’ve been showing dogs 50 years. Done Westminster maybe eight times and won Best of Breed, but it’s our first Best in Show. Sadie’s 4½. She started showing two years ago and won 112 Best in Shows countrywide. She won Top Terrier in 2009 and that started her Atomic Year, where she’s so far won every prize there is, beating out 115,000 others. She came into Madison Square Garden as the No. 1 dog of 2009.

“First time a Scottie’s won Westminster Kennel Club since the ’80s.”