Friday, March 24, 2017

Dear Abby - Remembering Special Pets: Thelma Lou, Lucy, and Barney Fife

Dear Friends,

I have an extra special Remembering Special Pets feature today.  My Momma is visiting to share memories of special Dachshunds in our family. 

Abby:  Momma, thanks for visiting on my blogging day!   Would you please tell my readers about the family pets you want to remember?

Thelma Lou and Barney Fife
Trish:  I am here to share memories of Thelma Lou, a miniature longhair black and tan dachshund (1991 - 1999);  Lucy Ricardo, a red small standard dachshund (1999 - 2010);  and your special friend Barney Fife, a red standard dachshund (1997 - 2014).

Thelma Lou
Abby:  What are some happy memories of Thelma Lou, Lucy, and Barney Fife?   I loved Barney Fife, and have heard lots of nice things about Thelma Lou and Lucy, who were here before I was born.

Lucy Ricardo and Barney Fife
Trish:  Thelma Lou was a sweet girl, but also very sassy.  She would be walking outdoors and then decide she had walked enough, and would just stop until she was picked up!  Lucy was another sweet and sassy girl.  She had very soft fur, like velvet, and a musical voice.  When she was excited it sounded like she was singing scales.   Barney, as you know, was the sweetest, cuddliest dog in the world.  Barney had three sisters in his lifetime: Thelma Lou, Lucy, and you.  He loved you all!

Lucy Ricardo and one her many pink toys!
Abby:  Do you have any funny anecdotes?

A young Barney Fife
Trish:   I have lots of great stories!  Thelma Lou loved food.  She stole my dinner a couple of times.  Once I had a veggie sub sandwich and I went into the other room for some iced tea.  When I got back, the bread was there but the cheese and lettuce were missing ... except for one little bit of lettuce at the corner of her mouth.

Lucy was a princess.  She loved attention, loved pink toys, sweaters, dressing up ... and when I got out the camera, she was always ready to pose.  I have lots and lots of pictures of her for that reason!

Barney Fife was the sweetest boy in the world, but he was also stubborn.  When he didn't want to do something he would make a noise that sounded just like, "uh-uh, uh-uh."   Barney loved toys!  He never tired of playing ball and playing with plush squeaky toys.  He also loved meeting other little dogs, and when we went to dachshund picnics, he would position himself near the entrance so he could greet every other dachshund that he saw.

Barney Fife
Abby:  I really enjoyed visiting with you today.  Is there anything else you would like to share?

Trish:  I am so blessed that I had these special pups in my life.  Thelma Lou and Lucy Ricardo were both puppy mill rescues, and because of them I developed a passion for rescue and strong feelings about puppy mills.  They both had health issues and shortened lifespans as a result of their puppy mill breeding.  Barney Fife was truly the perfect dog.  He was devoted to his sisters and to me.  Abby, he really loved you, and was so happy when you came to be a very special member of our family.

Barney Fife and Abby, just days after their first meeting.
Abby:  That makes me so happy and a little sad at all once!  Thank you for sharing their memories here today.

Friends, if you would like to leave a message, I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Thank you so much for visiting today!



barbarakwrites said...

Abby, thanks to you and your Mamma for this special blog post. I love hearing the stories about all of you! Each one such a different personality and touching our hearts in such a unique way. It is nice to read about your pet family, especially since you have been kind enough to highlight all of ours!

Nellwyn said...

These pups are all so adorable. It must be nice to take time to remember them and their special personalities.

Luciana said...

Aww, Trish. What lovely memories of these special dachshunds I remember them all but hadn't realized Lucy was so like my Lili - loving pink, dressing up. Thank you for posting this. It warmed my heart.

Angela and Gizmo said...

I loved reading your blog about your babies. I know they all have a special place in your heart forever. Thank you for sharing your babies with us. They were all so precious.

Divya @ EatTeachBlog said...

Awww. Such cute babies.
I've only recently become a puppy person. Before my 30s, I was never a dog-person because I never grew up with pets. It's only now - after marrying my husband and falling in love with his golden retriever, Rosie - I realize what people mean when they say their pets are like their babies. <3

Mary Huckaby said...

Trish, you are so right when you said the memories are happy but sad at the same time! I never tire of hearing about your fur babies and their different personalities and the happy times you had with them. It always makes me smile to hear their names taken from characters from Mayberry. I'm waiting for you to adopt another female dachshund and name her Aunt Bea!

Gingermommy said...

It is great to have memories of loved ones. I think often of my husky who is no longer with us

Neely said...

So goodness what a sweet story of sweet babies! So precious!

Heather D said...

Aww I love this so much! I miss my puppies of the past. Having to say goodbye is the worst part of having a furry companion.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I had a friend who had Dachshunds and she loved the breed. They both look very sweet. It's so hard to lose our furry family members.

Robin said...

Awwwww, what a sweet post!! My mom absolutely loves dachshunds. She had them when she was growing up and always wanted another. When my parents' last dog (a Westie) passed away a few years ago, she made it her goal to FINALLY convince my dad to get a dachshund. But of course, they went to a shelter and fell in love with the sweetest little dog who is definitely NOT a dachshund... but she tells everyone that he's a quarter dachshund, and we all go along with it because it makes her happy, hahah!

Anita Anderson said...

Aww, these stories are both touching and sad but with good memories of these special dogs.

Unknown said...

What a sweet dog, even if she did steal dinner sometimes! ;) Thanks for always bringing us fun stories about these adorable pets!

Unknown said...

I don't have any let's, but it's so interesti g the gear of the enormous personalities they have. They are all so different and bring special meaning to the lives of the people around them. That is for sharing these stories, so fun!

The Peculiar Treasure said...

My first dog as a kid was a miniature, long-haired, black and tan Doxie like Thelma Lou. His name was Thunder and he was the best dog! He didn't really like strangers, but when my little brother was born (I was 8), he was so so good to him. My brother started crawling and pulling all over him and Thunder just sat there, letting him.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

This is a very unique read for me. I was definitely entertained! I have a little Shih Tzu and he is the sweetest thing in the world. He can be annoyingly noisy at times though. He wants us to know he's got our back. Haha.

Abby said...

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for the very kind comments about the special dachshunds that have lived in my family!

Dianne, I remember your dear Lili loved pink, too!

Mary, we may have to adopt an Aunt Bea at some point in the future! :-) That is a very cute name.

I loved reading your pet memories too!

Abby xoxoxo