Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Creature

Well, I came up dry, picture-wise, again this week. So, the FC had to wait until I had a chance to get the scanner working with this computer (which basically involved just downloading and installing some drivers, but I still didn't get around to it until after dinner)... which all reminds me... does anyone out there have any experience with a photo negative scanner? I'd rather be scanning directly from the source, rather than from faded, dusty, scratchy photos.

But anyway, back to the subject at hand, which once again, is my dog (who recently became her own category). But just to keep things interesting, I dug out some photos from back in the fall of 1999, when Nonnie first came home to live with us. The top image is from that first evening -- she was hungry, scared and covered in fleas, so we fed her, gave her a bath and let her have run of the house, so she could make sure there weren't any cats lurking about. The second image is from a day or two later -- she was still barely bigger than that cereal bowl.

More creatures await on the modulator's ark! It's supposed to be sunny and in the 70s this weekend, so Nonnie and I will be out playing in the yard all we can -- I hope your weekend proves to be enjoyable!



11 comments:

june said...

How can you not love that face!

Sandy on Signal said...

Awww.... Nonnie! What a cutie.

Keera said...

Adorable pics! But, did I miss this story? Was Nonnie a rescue?

alice said...

No, not really. She came to us from a friend of a friend, who had a female standard poodle (BIG dog!) and a male cocker spaniel who was so old -- blind, deaf and arthritic -- that he thought it would be ok for them to be kept in the yard together. Somehow that old dog managed to scale great heights one last time, and the friend's friend ended up with a litter of cockapoos.



Nonnie was the only blond in the litter (the rest were black, like their mother) and also the runt -- half the size of any of her litter mates -- and was always hungry (she still is, actually!). She was covered in fleas because it was late in the summer, she was too young to get a flea treatment, and the puppies had been living mostly outside.



My friend was actually the one who picked out Nonnie. He met the whole litter one day when his friend brought them to work in an effort to give them away. My friend balled up a piece of paper and tossed it across the room, and Nonnie was the only one who chased after it.



By the time I met the puppies, Nonnie and one male were the only puppies left. I snatched her up and took her home on the spot. I didn't even tell Ralph or Emmie about it all until I got home, puppy in one hand, bag of puppy chow in the other. We had to make a late-night run to the store for supplies, because we weren't planning on getting a dog at the time -- school was about to start and it was not really a good time to be dealing with an addition to the family -- but she was so perfect, I couldn't resist!

Keera said...

And she's still perfect. Thanks for the back story! Nonnie sure sounds like a one-of-a-kind dog in many ways.

Julie L said...

awwww.



Lookit those spaniel eyes!



(I didn't realize that poodles are descended from spaniels, but I read that in a well-researched poodle book the other day!)

alice said...

Those spaniel eyes are powerful -- we call them her big brown pools of manipulation. :-) Combine them with the animation of her eyebrows, and she can be a very convincing pudelhund!

Julie L said...

I love that eyebrow animation thing - Ms. B doesn't do much of that, but my parents' whippet is a *master* of eyebrow manipulation! It's hilarious. :)

Julie L said...

SooOOOooo Adorable!



/me loves me some puppies.... :)

saint3 said...

she is just so adorable. I also recently adopted a Jack Russell.

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