The Original Babies

Posted on August 7th, 2012 in Stories

Once upon a time, I was in high school.


And I wanted a dog.


I’ve always loved dogs, ever since my first pug named Muffy.  Muffy and I would ride around in my pink Barbie convertible, up and down the driveway day in and day out. 


But when high school came, I didn’t just want a family dog.  I wanted my dog.  A dog of my own.


The day I saw the tiny faces of Rascal and Princesses, our two rat terriers, I knew it was meant to be.


Princess was mine.



Rascal was Danielle’s.

I spent hours in the garage with them as puppies, holding them and talking to them during the cold winter nights. I got up at 5 a.m. when they cried and greeted them every day after school first thing.  


They had Christmas stockings and special treats on Christmas morning.  Summers included leftover steak or burgers from the grill, and breakfast tacos after skiing on Sunday mornings.  I dragged them around the neighborhood on walks and even had an incident with a bush and two leashes one weekend during college summer break while my parents were out of town.  Rascal loved to look for rabbits and Princess loved when the driveway was in sight.


And even though I’ve got my own family, and my own Babies now, I loved them.

Without them, it feels like the last thread of my childhood finally snapped.  My parent’s backyard will be foreign without two black and white spotted faces at the fence.  Although Princess passed a few years ago, Rascal held on until last weekend.

So tonight when Bear poops on the paper just as I’m about to eat dinner or Bitty follows me around snarling because I’m off schedule, I won’t groan or whine.

I’m just happy that they’re still mine.


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35 Responses to “The Original Babies”

  1. Joanne Says:

    Oh I’m so sorry about your loss chica! All of the dogs sound like wonderful companions!

  2. My Inner Chick Says:

    –has anybody told you lately that YOU ARE ADOOOOORABLE?!!! Xxx

  3. Mothering From Scratch Says:

    {Melinda} That last picture of you and your doggies is absolutely adorable! My favorite! :)

    My daughter is asking for a dog. She’s almost 16 and it’s suddenly struck her that she wants a pet. My son is allergic, so we’re considering a bunny. Any dog breeds you know of that won’t cause my allergic son’s face to swell up?? :)

  4. Sarah - Dodeline Design Says:

    Aw I’m sorry to hear about Rascal! Hug Bitty & Bear tight!

  5. dani Says:

    They will be missed greatly

  6. Mom Says:

    Rascal lived to be 13 years and 10 months old. He was happy and totally active until the very end and thats about as good as it gets. Remember the good times.

  7. Krysten Says:

    Aw Duckie, losing a pet can be so hard =-(

  8. Lana Says:

    Hearfelt sympathy to Danielle, you and Debbie. As I have heard
    it said, pain is the price you pay for love. But we all do it
    again. Nice tribute, may he live forever with you and Danielle.
    The ones we lose are a part of us, always.

  9. Barbara Says:

    Sorry your childhood “friends” are gone. We all have such wonderful memories of pets we had as children.

  10. Scraps Says:

    Awww, I had a rattie for a while, a little girl named Abigail (I had to find her a better home several years ago and it was the hardest for me to do, but the best for her–she got a big beagle buddy to play with and a human who was home more).

  11. Teri M. Says:

    You are such a good momma to your pets. So sorry to hear about Rascal, but I know he had such a wonderful life!

  12. Natasha Says:

    I’m really sorry about Rascal. I definitely know he was loved by you and your family.

  13. Susan Says:

    Sorry about your doggie. That’s sad. Hope your babies will make you feel better.

  14. Channon Says:

    Oh boo hoo… I’m so sorry. They were beautiful babies. I tried to talk the Knight into a rat terrier when Mugsy died, but he wanted another JRT.

  15. Marjie Says:

    I’m so sorry you lost your childhood puppy. It’s so hard to lose those connections. Bitty and Bear will give you all the puppy snuggles you need to help you through.

  16. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook Says:

    Aw, they all sound like wonderful pups. I’m so so sorry for your loss. I know exactly how you feel, we lost our old pal recently, but the two new pups keep me busy.

  17. teresa Says:

    it’s so hard losing a pet. your little pups are adorable!

  18. momto8blog Says:

    lsorry about your loss….just like losing a family member….
    have fun with those 2 little pups!

  19. Akaleistar Says:

    So many cute pictures!

  20. Leslie Says:

    So sorry to hear about your little baby. There’s little to compare with the love for your first childhood pet.

  21. Couture Carrie Says:

    Awwww sorry for your loss…
    Big hugs for your 2 pups!


  22. Tricia Says:

    You are so beautiful! Inside and out. Love the tribute to your fur children. Very heartbreaking to lose your babies.

  23. Mary Says:

    I am so sorry to read of your loss. Hug your babies extra close tonight!

  24. Bonnie Says:

    I want approximately 23131 dogs and 934320 kitties. I am a true animal lover.

    I am so sorry for your loss. :(
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  25. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure Rascal will be missed.

  26. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Rascal-it sounds like he led a great life and was well loved :)

  27. jamie gibbs Says:

    I am so sorry for this loss…a reminder and a thread of something from your childhood….I have heard more dogs passing int he past month then I think ever…maybe because I am so connected via facbook and blogs….but I am truly sorry. I know you will hang on to your puppies a bit tighter this week
    hugs 2 U,

  28. Chic 'n Cheap Living Says:

    They are too cute and family is family (even when they growl because a meal is late!)

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  29. amy @ fearless homemaker Says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Rascal. =( Dogs are such an amazing gift + I know if must be hard for you + your parents. I’ll go give my pup a hug now. =)

  30. Alexis AKA MOM Says:

    Oh hun I’m sorry. Much love to you and your friends, what a great piece of childhood!!

  31. Liz Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. They do work their way into our hearts instantly, don’t they? xo

  32. Frugal Foodie in WV Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog, its always hard to lose a loved animal.

  33. Dancing Branflake Says:

    Oh no! I am so sorry. The loss of a pet is horrible, particularly when they are so dear to you. I’m so sorry.

    By the way, that photo of you as a little girl is absolutely beautiful. You are such a gorgeous person, inside and out. I know you don’t think so, but the world does.

  34. Charlotte Says:

    Awwwwww, hun. I’m so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet childhood pet :( I know how hard it can be to lose a pet. I’m just so glad you are enjoying every precious moment your dogs give to you. All that want is to be loved all the time… and it sounds like you are a wonderful mommy to them :)

  35. c @ annuary chit Says:

    So sorry your childhood babies (err pets) are gone but it sounds like they were so special and it is great to see the pictures of them.


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