Don’t get the wrong idea, I love Rita but Rita is not a snuggly dog. She cannot stand to be held. When I pick her up to take her out, she’s fighting to keep from being held close. She will get up in the chair with Vince but maybe for 10 seconds, and she’s down.
That picture of Speck – he’s wrapped up in the scraps of the backing fabric for a quilt I made for my uncle in 2006. He was one of my dad’s brothers and he passed a way a few years back. One of his daughters, my cousin, has the quilt now.
It’s been two years since Speck died. I’ve begged every single day for a puppy. I understand why Vince says no . . we do have a lot of critters here, Rita’s medical bills – monthly vet visits to a specialist to check her eye pressure, two drops in each eye three times a day (one of those drops is now $70 for a tiny a bottle and that’s the discount with Good RX). We won’t board Rita because of her being blind and i we had another dog, it wouldn’t really be fair to him to board him and take Rita with is. Traveling with two dogs . . I know some people do it but I’m not sure I would want to do it. I want any dog we get to be crate trained and there is not one spot in this house where we can put a crate without it being totally in the way. Until a puppy would be 100% house trained, I wouldn’t want to bring it to my uncle’s or to a hotel or to Chad’s so . . in my head, I know I don’t need a puppy as long as we have Rita.
I have no idea where this photo came from or I would give credit but Vince just sent it to me. I said “I want him .. NOW!”
I’m taking it as progress that Vince even sent me a picture. When we first got married, I had always had a dachshund but had not had one for several years. For three or four years, Vince said “NO DOG IN THE HOUSE!” Then one day, he came home from work and said “Do you want to get a dachshund?” Well, yes, I DO! I think he found puppies for sale in The Thrifty Nickel or something like that so we drove to a neighboring county. They had three puppies. I wanted a different one from the one Vince wanted but we got the one Vince wanted. I was so happy to be getting one, I wasn’t going to argue. That one turned out to be Speck.
There was some show on HGTV that we watched where people repurposed junk and made cool things with it. There was an old guy they called “Speck” and he made the craziest, wildest things and I always loved them. Chad about maybe 11 or 12 and he’d watch that show with us. Vince started calling Chad Speck and it would aggravate him so they both decided the new puppy’s name should be Speck. I wasn’t going to argue.
He turned out to be the perfect pet and Speck was the perfect name for him. Addie only saw him a few times but when they got their dog, she named him Speck. She was only 3 years old and one day not too long ago, she said “Isn’t it funny that you had a dog named Speck and I have a dog named Speck?” Not funny at all . . you copied my dog’s name! 🙂 I didn’t say that but I thought it.