21 December 2011

Ladybug the Westie

Today I'd like to introduce you to Lady, the love of our lives. I've posted photos here and there, but I don't' think I've ever explained how in love I am with our little Bug.

Once upon a time, when I was 10 years old, my family got our first dog— a West Highland White Terrier, or "Westie." We named her Jessie, which my Mom, Dad, brother Sean and I chose from a baby name book. Westies hail from Scotland, and according to the baby name book, Jessie is the Scottish form of Janet. As Jessie got older, my family got another Westie, Jodie. We wanted two "J" names, so Jodie just came to be.

So you know what happened next... I grew up, went to college, moved out, got married... and always always always wanted a Westie of my own. Thank goodness I have the greatest husband ever, because when I found the ad in the Sunday paper last March that said Westie puppies were for sale, he was all for it!

When we first moved to Virginia, I had wanted a Westie but they were much too pricey. On a whim, we bought a little ChiPin (Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher mix) at a local pet shop. We called her Gypsy, which somewhat influenced what we named our next addition, Lady. Unfortunately, both puppies together were too much. Gypsy was a hyper little thing and our third-story apartment just didn't give her the space & exercise she needed. Gypsy has since been re-homed to a family friend, and she is now in better hands. So now, it's just us and Lady.

Lady after getting groomed — Looking pretty by the Christmas tree
Just the other day — In her Thanksgiving sweater
Passed out after an eventful Thanksgiving — Lounging with Jodie
Sporting a cute scarf — Sleepy on the cool tile

Lady is a puppy of many nicknames. Some of our favorites are Ladybug, Bug, Bug-a-boo, Baby Bug, and Lady Luck. But most often, she's Ladybug. She can be quite the bug, but in the most affectionate way. Husband calls her my shadow... she follows me everywhere. She loves her toys, and she loves to play fetch. 

Sometimes, after we've cleaned house and put all her toys in her little toy bin, she will go into it, take every single toy out, and lay them all over the family room floor. She's a silly pup. And yes, she likes the clothes I put her in. She gets all excited when I get them out— ears back, tail wagging, jumping at my legs. So there, anti-dog-clothes friends. ;-)

See how cute she was as a baby? How could anyone resist this?

First day home — Playing with a toy bigger than her head
Sleeping with her puppy paws in the air — Another fave toy
Cute & cuddly — Chilling out on the couch
Trip to Petsmart — All decked out for 4th of July

As you can tell, I'm a little obsessed. I do worry a little about how obsessed I'll be with our future babies. As in, non-fur children. Probably a lot— I mean, I bought Lady an outfit for every holiday this year, and her stocking is more full than Husband's and mine. Hehe. 

Since I got my dream dog, the next choice is Joshua's. Although with the pup he wants, I've made it clear that we have to wait until we have a house, a big yard, and a child at least 6 years old to help with the puppy chores. His dream dog? A Doberman Pinscher.

And wouldn't you know it? The breeder we got Lady from breeds two types of dogs— Wesites... and Dobermans!


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