Thanks so much to the lovely Mercy for tagging me to talk about my most wonderful furry babies and bringing me back to the blogging world, I’ve been in a bit of hiatus. Juggling toddler, a full-time job, family and Instagram is no joke! Please check out Mercy’s blog (and her super-duper cute furry friend, Molly) if you haven’t, her posts are creative, informative, interesting and just plain awesome, plus she posts everyday! I can always get something out of reading her posts. And here is Ingrid and her tagged post on her beautiful dog Frikk.
So on with the questions…
1. What are your pets’ names?
Asti and Truffle. We got the name Asti from Martini and Rossi Asti, an awesome sparkling wine that my husband and I like to drink, and Truffle, well, I love eating chocolate truffles and it goes great with wine/Asti.
2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
Asti is a standard dachshund and Truffle is a miniature dachshund. Dachshunds are diggers, they’re known for their short legs and long bodies (thus they’re also known as the “wiener dog”); they were bred to dig badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals for hunting. Don’t underestimate them for their small size, they can run quite fast. They also shed like there is no tomorrow.
3. How long have you had your pet friends?
We’ve had both of them since they’re ~8 wks old, can’t remember exactly when, but when they were given the ok to leave their mothers.
4. How did you get your pets?
Mu husband (boyfriend at the time) had always been an animal lover and I was not, but not against it, so when we got our first place, we quickly went looking. We got Asti from a family and honestly we had a long list of dogs to look at that day, but we saw Asti first and I fell in love at first sight, it was that way with her, and only her, not even with my husband. I told him, that’s it, I don’t want to look anymore. A year later, my husband suggested getting another dog, and I thought Asti could use some company at home during the day while we both worked. We took Asti with us and Truffle, was the friendliest dog who came greeting us, so that made our decision.
5. How old are your pets?
Asti will be 10 years old this December. Truffle will be 9 in the coming January. I always say that Asti is my first born.
6. What is your favorite memory with your pets?
Asti – there’re so many. One of the first few memories I have of her is her crawling onto my chest when we first met her, her mom was acting very distant, and when I held her, she just melted into my arms and on the whole ride home she buried herself under my arm. When we first brought her home, she was scared of hard floors (she still doesn’t like them), we had a tiled kitchen and the only carpeted area is the rug under the sink, she’d nestle herself between my feet while I washed dishes, she didn’t like it but she didn’t want to stay far away, that’s how she still is, she may not always like where I’m going, but she’s always there with me.
Truffle – same for her. She’s such a small dog, physically, but man, the way she carried through 2 spinal surgeries in one week, loosing the use of her back legs and carried her life onward, she’d look at me with such trust during that time of recovery, she pulled us through.
7. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
They’re so different from each other. Asti would follow you around all day, Truffle would make sure where you’re (leaving/coming home) then go back to bed (our bed that is) and stay there almost all day. They’re both shy, but Asti warms up to people and would lick people all day if they let her, Truffle is not so fuzzy and warm, but at night she always curls up next to me, the kind where I end up at the edge of the bed (even though we have a size king). Truffle was also the volunteered bodyguard for our baby in her early months, she’d be there whimpering when the baby is crying, making sure we took care of her, and try to lick her whenever she could.
8. What does your relationship with your pets mean to you?
I can’t imagine life without them, while there have been difficult times, all I can think of is to love them to my best ability and hope there won’t be any regrets for them or us. It’s a relationship where they’ve given us so so much.
9. What are some of your favorite past times with your pets?
We’re lazy people and I think over the years Asti and Truffle have grown lazy with us, my favorite current past time with them is our nap time on the weekend, when my daughter naps, we’ll see how long that lasts. But Asti’s favorite past time is no doubt, playing tennis ball and Truffle well, chasing Asti while she does it.
10. What are nicknames do you call your pets with?
I don’t think we ever give Asti one, though my husband now describes her to have a permanent wink from her glaucoma surgery (see story about that in my previous post). Truffle was born with a crooked tail (it got squashed by her litter mates), so the family who we got her from used to call her that before we named her.
For more of them, check out my previous post.