For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Natalee and I am a crazy dog mama. I have two adorable dogs with my boyfriend Justin. We are ‘those people’ who treat their dogs like their children, and I truly believe that’s how all dogs (or any pet) should be treated! We don’t have (human) children of our own yet, but one day when we do, I know nothing will change with our dogs. They will still be our babies just as much as our human ones! Anyways, before I start using our dogs names in blog posts here and there, I figured I would introduce them to you and give you a little background story on them.
This is our sweet little girl Millicent, Milli for short. She was our first dog together, so she holds a very special place in our hearts. We adopted Milli almost four years ago when she was two years old through a local rescue organization. Because Millicent was rescued, we are unsure of her breed. She is definitely a mixed breed, but we really have no clue what. My best guess would be that she is a few different breeds of terrier. When we adopted Milli, we knew the rescue organization was hosting an event at PetSmart, so we went just to take a look, not at all expecting to take home a dog. We were definitely open to it, we just didn’t think we would have good luck going to our first event like this. When we got to the event, there were so many darling dogs running around, connecting with their potential new owners. It looked to us like all of the dogs were taken, and we were too late to play with any of them, but we were wrong. Underneath a folding chair in the corner, was a small blonde dog with big, brown, sad eyes, trying to hide from the crowd. I looked at Justin and said “I need to hold her!”.
I went up the the lady who was the founder of the organization, and asked if I could see the little dog under the chair. She answered by telling me that I would have to ask her father who was sitting in the chair above the dog, because that is his favorite dog in the bunch. She went on to tell me that he loves that dog and was thinking about keeping her himself. I walked up to her father and asked if I could hold her, and he agreed. We took her around the store on a leash to get to know her. I fell in love instantly, and I knew she had to be mine. Once we decided that she needed to come home with us, I had to work up the courage to ask this old man if I could take her home. To my surprise, he told us we looked like a nice couple and that he would be happy to let us adopt her.
When you adopt a dog, you never really know how they will react to a new environment. Most of these dogs were abused and left behind, and could be scared to trust you. We are not exactly sure about Milli’s life before being rescued. All we were told is that she was found in Texas, tied around a tree in a park. Does that not break your heart? I will NEVER understand animal abuse.. It is just sickening and heart wrenching. We have no idea why, or how long she was left there, but it makes me so sad to picture that. Despite what we know about her life before the rescue, she has been the sweetest, most wonderful dog. Everyone who meets her tells us that we got lucky, and I couldn’t agree more.
Milli’s favorite thing to do is sleep. Some mornings we can barely get her out of bed to go to the bathroom before we leave for work! Even though she loves to sleep, she also loves her walks. If she hears the word walk she goes nuts, it’s adorable! Milli has two different personalities a lot of the time. Half of her loves to show her affection when people walk in the door, and occasionally she will snuggle up with us, but the other half of her wants to be alone laying down in her bed.
We had Milli for almost three years when we decided to get her a little fur brother. She was so used to being around Justin’s parents dog, so when we moved into our own house you could tell she was sad to be home alone all day.
So this is Milli’s brother, our little guy Marvin! Marvin is a Morkie Poo (Maltese, Yorkie, Poodle) but really he just looks like a Yorkie puppy. As soon as we got our house we knew we wanted to get Milli a friend. We actually stumbled across Marvin on a FaceBook post from a breeder about an hour away from us. There were two puppies for sale, a boy and a girl. We really wanted a boy, but I was open to getting the girl if I felt a stronger connection with her. When I went to go and see the puppies, Marvin was soooo tiny and adorable I just could not resist taking him home. I knew in my heart he would be a perfect fit to our little family.
Bringing home Marvin was…interesting. I had never gotten a dog as a puppy before, so this was all a new experience for me. Puppies are no joke, they are a LOT of work! I had heard that Yorkies were really stubborn and hard to potty train, and that was exactly the case for Marvin. When were were at work I would leave out the little puppy training pads, and he would shred it to pieces and then pee on the rug underneath the dining room table!! He was such a stinker! It honestly was really frustrating trying to train him, and I was having a really hard time bonding with him because of it. Also he was a crazy little guy, I mean he still is lol, but we love it. As he has gotten older he has calmed down, is finally potty trained, and is super super loving and cuddly. Now he is my little buddy who follows me around every where, and I’m not mad about that, he’s so stinking cute! Don’t tell Justin, but he’s definitely a mama’s boy 😉
Marvin’s favorite thing to do is play with sister, and when she is annoyed with him and doesn’t want to play, he loves playing with his toys with mom and dad. This little guy can play fetch for hours! He has these tiny little green tennis balls he loves to run after down the hallway.
So like I said earlier, Milli LOVES going on walks, but funny enough Marvin HATES them! It is soooo strange guys… I don’t think I have ever met a dog who hates going on walks. He literally hides behind furniture when we say the word walk lol. I think the main reason is that he hates wearing a harness and hates the leash tugging on him. Sometimes he will have really good walks where he will make it all the way without stopping, and other days he literally stops 5 times in the middle of the road and just lays down. It’s always fun when I take both of them on my own and I end up carrying Marvin the rest of the way home.
It’s pretty much impossible to get them to stay still for a picture together. Anyways, those are my puppers! I have so so much love for the both of them (if you couldn’t tell). There really is no better feeling than coming home to these adorable little fluff balls who love us so unconditionally. I could go on and on about how much I adore them, but I’m sure you have lost interest by now lol. Let me know in the comments if you have any dogs, or any pets, I would love to hear about them 🙂
It’s a beautiful day to adopt a furry friend!