It's a Dog's Life by Katie – #fanfun
A lot of bad things can happen in a dog's life…I know, 'cause some of those things happened to me. I guess I have always been what people call dog, because the first I remember of life is being in a box with three brothers and Dog Mom. Dog Mom let us suck on her spouts so we got warm milk. That was good, but it didn't last long.
Just when I got used to all that nice warm milk, two big people scooped me out of the box and started tickling my belly. That was okay, but then the man person jiggled me too hard and Dog Mom's warm milk came back out of my mouth. I figured they'd quick put me back in the box where I belonged, but they didn't.
I never got to see Mom Dog or any of my brothers again. The peoples took me to live with them. They said my name was Princess and put me in a cage with bars that I couldn't squeeze through. The people said that was my spot. It wasn't warm like my box. It was cold and lonely. There was no Dog Mom, no brothers. I cried and the more I remembered Dog Mom, the louder I cried. People don't like when dog cries.
No more Dog Mom. No more warm milk. Just cage. Pee inside cage was bad. Pee outside cage was bad. Peoples said dog supposed to pee in grass. If I understood grass, I would pee in it just to make people happy. I know soft fuzzy thing in room where peoples sit is not grass, because when I pee on fuzzy thing they make mad faces and I go back in cage. Peoples is hard for dog to understand. I want to be back in box with warm milk. Finally peoples take me to where sun is warm like Mom Dog and ground smells like brothers, I like smell of brothers so I pee. I think peoples are going to put me back in cage but they say “Good Girl,” and pat my head. I think this smell like brothers thing must be grass, so I poop too. The peoples are happy.
I not so happy. Even when I pee in grass, peoples go away and leave me in cage. When they come home, I bark to show how happy I am, but peoples act strange when I bark. “Shut that dog up!” the lady people shouts, so I bark more because I think she doesn't understand I am happy to see her. She yells louder and so I figure loud yell is people way of showing glad to see me too. I am wrong about that. I am really missing Mom Dog, brothers and warm milk.
On day man people scoops me up and carts me off to place with many dogs in cages. He gives me to nice woman with hair like retriever and tells her, they're moving and can't take dog. At first I don't understand moving, but nice lady pets me and give me cookie so I figure not too bad. Man people never comes back. I am put in cage with pug who bares his teeth when I try to make friends. I quick learn this place not as good as peoples place. I really missing Mom Dog, brothers and warm milk.
Bad things happen in place with many dogs in cages. The nice lady says I am all full of tangles and fleas and ticks, I know the flea part is true because they bite my skin, so she cuts off almost all my hair and I look awful. The bad-tempered pug hogs the food, and I get so skinny my bones are almost poking through my shaved bare skin. Then, the awfulest thing ever happens, they take me into a cold room with bright lights and stick me with a needle. I fell asleep after that so I don't exactly what happened, but when I wake up I know I can't ever have puppies and my stomach really hurts.
Dogs do not keep good count of days, so I'm not knowing how many pass before more peoples come and take me fromThis is me after I got rescued and named Katie
cage. Uh-oh, I start to worry this might be bad. I am so scared, I tremble and am much afraid will pee on lady who holds me. “Poor baby,” she says and holds me close to her. She is soft and warm, I feel her heartbeat and think for a moment I am back in my box beside Dog Mom. “She's so sweet,” lady says to man person, “let's adopt her.” The man nods and starts scratching my ears. That feels good too.
The man calls new lady Bette. She calls him Dick. Sometimes I hear her call him other things too, but his name is Dick. The woman person Bette is still holding me close to her when the Dick man gives the lady with many dogs in cages some green paper. Then the Bette and Dick people leave and take me with them. Already I am worried.
We are only in the car for a little while and Dick laughs and says, “I can't deal with a dog named Princess.” Now I'm more worried.
“So, we'll change her name,” Bette says and when I look I see she's got a Pupperoni in her hand. She breaks off a piece and gives it to me, suddenly I'm not so worried. People with a Pupperoni in their pocket can be trusted. She starts talking about one name and another but I don't know who she's talking about. She hands me another piece of Pupperoni and I am feeling good, good, good. “Katie!” she says, “Let's call the dog Katie!”
“Katie Lee Crosby,” Dick says, “Yeah that works.”
The Bette is scratching my ear and feeding me Pupperoni, but she's calling me Katie. I'm not knowing who this Katie dog is, but somehow they are thinking I am her. Even if I could talk, which as everyone knows dogs can't do, I'm not going to tell these people that I'm Princess. Whoever this Katie is, she's got it good, so if they think I'm her, fine with me. I catch onto this quick so when we get to the new people house and she calls Katie, I come running!
These things happened a long time ago. Bette tells people I am special because I'm a rescue. I'm not sure what that means, but I can tell you this, my life is good now. I sleep in the people bed, I never get put in prison cage, I get lots of treats and when I look at her and lick my lips like I am really, really hungry, she gives me pieces of chicken and cookies. Dick says I am spoiled, but then he reaches under the table and gives me pieces of his chicken too. We go for long walks and sometimes I even have play dates with Winston and Scooter, they're dogs like me. I can't run fast as I used to, because I got chubby from eating lots of treats, but I don't care. This is one good dog life….except sometimes I wonder what happened to Mom Dog and brothers. I sure do hope they got rescued by good people like me.
My wittle brother and I loved your story . We think you should write another story about your fwiends….here in St Lucie West. Just sharing your thoughts on your Bichon friends would be enjoyable. I know that you know a doogy named Conrad and I think you have lots of pals on your street. You are a rather sexy four legged white fluffy doggie. ANyway I LOVED your story.
Many warm kisses,
Loved katies story. The Story & pictures show an amazing transformation from a miserable animal to a happy smiling and well loved pet.
I am back from my whirlwind trip to Ky., Ohio and Georgia.
Lots of fun and many stories to share; had dinner with 5 high school pals and then spent two nights with my college roomate whom I had not seen since 1975. Great stories to share.
I love Katie’s story. I started two stories last year from Sccooter and WInston as we drove to Hilton Head. I should let you spruce them up and we could get a whole menagerie of stories together……..of course, I need to help you sell your books. Oh I need another one. Gave one way in Ky.
I think that it’s a wonderful story, Betty!
I suggest also to put in a children’s story book.
What a cute story! I think you should write this in a child’s book version. It might encourage more children when asking for a pet to check out “Rescue” animals first.
Bette, I loved Katie’s blog. What a wonderful way to tell her story – right from the doggie’s mouth.