Hi everyone, Amanda here. I have the awesome task of making everyone who reads this blog understand how great the family of the month is. I already know they are fantastic because I have the opportunity to interact with them often. Their family knows they are outstanding for the same reason. But you, dear readers, only have my word for it. I can promise you, therefore, that none of the fur-friends featured in this blog are anything less than magnificent!
This week I am going to delve into the lives and loves of Mia and Tessa. They are only a fraction of the whole of this family, but to use a phrase from a book I am reading, I am especially fond of them. (For those of you who have never read The Shack by Wm. Paul Young, one of the main characters, Papa, says he is “especially fond of” everyone. And I have to say, I have not met a pet I wasn’t especially fond of. So I get that!) But enough chatter, let’s get back to the focus of this blog! I am going to start with Mia.
Mia is a Rottweiler mix who is approx. 4 years old. She is one of the most lovable, expressive dogs! Her family calls her “Sweet Face” or “Smiley.” As a matter of fact, she was the star of another blog post called “The Death Stare.” Her Mom told me she is The General, she keeps everyone else in line. Isn’t that usually the way, the smallest of the bunch is the one everyone listens to?! Besides staring at me (lol), Mia loves to play. She will run continuously for a tennis ball and doesn’t relinquish it easily. Usually I can get a dog to drop the ball in their mouth by throwing another one (therefore I typically have at least two in my possession.) Not Mia. Mia will run (with the ball in her mouth) and pick up the other ball. In her mouth. With the other ball. Let me say that again…WITH THE OTHER BALL IN HER MOUTH. You think it is hard to get a dog to drop ONE ball? Try two! I am a quick learner and so I waited for her to drop the balls (she wanted to bury them under the deck) and never threw another ball until she had dropped the first one. When Mia isn’t hording tennis balls with me, she loves to go on long walks and runs. She recently has been put on the sidelines with an injury so she has had to spend more time keeping the others in line and less time keeping her Mom company on her runs. I have not experienced this firsthand but her Mom tells me that if I take her swimming, she will love me forever 🙂
Tessa is Mia’s younger sister, by one year. This Bernese Mountain Dog is a beauty! Although she is not a rescue in the literal sense, I don’t think anyone would argue that being included in this fabulous family was not a rescue of sorts. Sure, she could have been adopted by another family who would have loved her as much. But she would not have the overwhelming love and support of THIS family. Oh, and I think we can all agree that she hit the pet sitter lottery with me 🙂 Seriously though, this lovable goofball (Puppy Face is her nickname…very fitting!) makes me glad to know her every time I see her. She lays on the porch and watches Mia get the ball or she leans on me and looks for some love. I looked up why bernese mountain dogs lean a while ago and learned that it is just a way to get the love and affection they crave. It is true, too; it is almost instinctual for me to stroke her fur and rub behind her ears when she sits on my feet and leans into me haha. Sometimes Tessa will get the ball but I am convinced she really is just trying to passive-aggressively get it away from Mia 🙂 Mostly, she just wants to watch the fun from the sidelines (or my shoes lol.)
So that is all I can think about with these two gems. There are a few more (3, to be exact!) in this family to talk about so watch for a couple more posts. In the meantime, be safe and enjoy this gorgeous weather we are having. Maybe you should take a daytrip and call Amanda’s Paw Pals (860-338-7135 or email at Amanda@amandaspawpals.com)
to visit your fur family while you are gone!