Friday, February 06, 2009


The best dog ever went to the vet's for a check up the second week of January 2008. She never came home. Long story short and without going into the horrible details, Jilli died a horrible death 4 days later. If you'd like the details go back to January's posts in 2008.

Several months later Wifey purchases (for more money than I wish to admit) and brings a dog home who's much like our Jilli. It was a necessary purchase . . . a purchase needed to help fill the gaping hole in our hearts left by Jilli's passing.

So we buy a dog that has one of those fru-fru dog breeder names. If you watch any dog show and there's the Westminster show this next weekend, you know that breeders/trainers come up with the stupidest names possible.

She's a champion with champion lines. With that comes the name of Cast A Spell. What the hell kind of name is that for a dog? Cast A Spell smacks of witchcraft, soccery and the dark side of life.

Dogs are supposed to have names like Lassie, Rin-Tin-Tin, Fido and so on. Cast A Spell is not the name of any dog I've ever known. At the time I wondered what would be call her for short?

There was no keeping that name. Wifey asked for my ideas and there was only one: Zinnia - a flower of a dog. Bright. Vibrant. Colorful.

Zeen or Zeenie for short. These names suits her well.

Interestingly, Zeenie took up where Jilli left off.
She's taken up a prominent place in my office, the leather reclining chair. It was a favorite place for Jilli, too.

But unlike Jilli, Zeen, while occupying this chair, prefers to sleep on her back, legs in the air. Her eyes roll back in her head. She snores a bit. Total relaxation. Total trust that there's nothing to be afraid of. It's a blissful sight.

Like Jilli, Zeenie has learned the sounds of my office. One sound in particular is the squeak the keyboard drawer makes when I push it in as I finish working at the computer.

Hearing that squeak Zeenie, as did Jilli, sits up and waits to follow me out of the office knowing there's another adventure for the two us just waiting to happen.

That's what best friends are for.

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1 comment:

La Roo said...

I had never had a dog until a year and a half ago. And oh my god!! I didn't ever think I could fall so much in love with a dog. Squeezel (our weiner dog) has taken my heart and melted it to complete mush.
I'm so glad to hear that Zeenie has helped fill that void. Jill sounds like she was pretty special. Lucky her to have people who loved her so much.

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