The Four-Legged Kids

Before there were any two legged kids running around, I was the proud mom of four legged kids! If you know me at all you know that I am head over heals in love with my dogs. I tell people that I gave birth to them and I am not kidding. I love them like I love my daughter. Call me names, tell me how terrible I am to say that,but it is the truth.

My first born is Gracie. She was born May 7, 2002. I got her a couple months after I graduated high school. I was feeling lonely and homesick and she made me feel better.When Gracie was two years old she was diagnosed with a portostymic liver shunt. A couple thousand dollars later she had a surgery and was good as new. If she didn't have the surgery, she would have ended up dying. She is a red miniature pinscher who is an AMAZING agility dog. She has several titles on her. I wish that I had more time for dog shows still, but sadly I don't. Every now and then I still take her out and run a course and she loves it. Gracie is my soul mate. She is my heart, and everyday she makes me proud. I LOVE this dog. She has a sassy attitude, and has drive like no other. She really is a lot of dog in a little package. You either like Gracie or you don't. She is hard to handle, but once you get on the same page, she won't disappoint you. I could go on and on about this doll face. But instead I will share some photos of my baby girl.

My second born is Conway. Thinking of this dog makes me smile. You have no idea. He is a chocolate and rust miniature pinscher born on June 15, 2003. He tragically passed away on September 9, 2010. Conway's death has been extremely hard on us, especially me. It was like I lost my child. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him, or miss him. I know he is in a better place and watching over all of us.
Conway was a crazy minpin. ALWAYS into trouble, never listened and had little man syndrome. Bad little boy he was. BUT despite all his badness I was able to put a couple of flyball titles on him, and I cried my eyes out when we got his first title. He taught me PATIENCE. He was always sick or hurt, and mostly it was self inflicted. I loved and still love that boy with every ounce of my being. Our house just isn't the same without him.

Our newest addition has been sent to us from God. He came to us when we needed him most and although he is no minpin, I am growing fonder of him everyday. This is Emilio, he is a Boston Terrier( born July 19, 2010 ) who was going to be euthanized by his backyard breeder because he had a prolapsed rectum. The reason he had this problem was totally the breeders fault. He was infested with worms!!!!!! We rescued Emilio just 6 days after Conway passed away, and although I thought it was too soon, I knew that we were this puppy's only chance. After we fixed his bum, we found out he had a terrible kidney infection. 6 weeks of antibiotics and he is doing good. He just got neutered and a stenotic nares surgery ( opened his nasal passages up ). This little money pit is fitting in nicely with our family and Faith is in love with him. He is so good with her. I can't wait to watch them grow up together.
Many people have asked me if I plan on doing anything with Emilio and as of right now my answer is " I just want him to be a puppy"