I received this email from a Toy Poodle puppy named "Josie".
Her parents are Rocket and Lola.
Her new mom captured her thoughts and sent them 10-08-11. I have continued to receive periodic updates from her, which I love!!!
This truly is the cutest and most adorable set of testimonials I have received. I rank it as my "best testimonial".
Thank you Eleanor!
Dear Mrs. Charity
It’s been a whole week now
since you packed me up in that crate with my blanket and grooming tools and
drove me a long way in the car. I thought maybe you’d like to know how I’m
After you left me, my day got
really strange. I was moved around from place to place and ended up somewhere
that was mostly dark and a little noisy. I stayed there for a long, long, long
time. Then all of a sudden somebody opened a door and light came in from
outside. Then somebody else took my crate and put it on some kind of cart and
rolled me to another place. Before I knew what happened I was in another dark
place a lot like the first one. I really didn’t know what was happening to me,
but I tried to be brave. I ate some food, drank some water, and slept a lot.
Eventually that door opened and this time somebody picked up my cart and walked
with me into another place that had lots of lights and people. A man and lady
and little boy were waiting for me and seemed really happy that I had come. The
lady arranged to get my crate open (she said something about borrowing scissors
in an airport was really a challenge) and she reached in to lift me out. Hmmm.
The lady wasn’t you! I’d never seen these people. Who are they? Why am I here?
Where are my mommy and my sisters and brother? The lady kept saying how perfect
I am and how amazed she was that I was all nice, clean, and dry. Don’t know
what she was talking about, but it must have been a good thing ‘cause it made
her and the man with her pretty happy. And seems liked everybody in that place
wanted to see me and talk about how pretty I am.
Well, these two people and the
little boy took me to a car and we drove again for a little while. Finally, we
must have gotten where we were going. They got me and all my stuff out and we
went inside this house. Everybody was being really nice and the little boy kept
telling me he would come and play. It was getting late and I was tired from my
trip. They must have been tired, too. They gave me a little food to see if I
was hungry, then we played on the floor for a few minutes before the lady
picked me up and I fell asleep in her lap. When I woke up, we played again for
a little bit, then the man took me outside and kept talking about could I
pee-pee and poopie. I had no idea what he was talking about, but I must have
he picked me up and said I was a really good girl and he was proud of me. When
we got inside this time they started turning off all the lights and we went to
their bedroom. They had a special bed and my pink blanket waiting just for me,
and I got to sleep on the bedroom floor right beside where the lady was lying.
I went right to sleep and didn’t wake up until about 6:30 the next morning.
This day started with me being called baby and these two people calling
themselves my mommy and daddy! They surely don’t look like Rocket and Lola, but
they treat me real nice so I kinda go along with them. They like my kisses, so
I’ve been giving them out freely.
I have decided I like this
place and these people. The little boy lives next door. He is 9 and has to go
to school, so I only get to see him in the afternoons. He calls my “new mommy”
grandmommy. Don’t know what that means either, but he is fun and likes to run
with me outside. I have a great big back yard that is inside a fence, so
sometimes I get to go out without my leash and collar. (By the way, Mrs.
Charity, I have “diamonds” in my new collar!) I have a couple of new toys, but
my favorite things are shoe laces and a toilet tissue roller. My “new daddy”
has a plaid fleece blanket that he uses in his chair and on the floor and I
like it so much that he lets me sleep on it a lot. He also has a fleece jacket
that hangs on a chair that I like to pull and tug on. They must not care
because when they left me alone for a little while today he left that jacket
where I could still play with it. One day this week I found out that hiding
under mommy and daddy’s bed is lots of fun! I took my little Beanie Baby doggie
under there with me and had the best time growling and yipping at him. It
reminded me of playing with the other puppies at your house, but this one
doesn’t bite back!
I heard mommy say something
about my being the quiet, less mischievous one in my family. She giggled when
she said that, and then she said that if I was the less playful one she would
really like to know how my sisters were getting along. She giggles at some of
my antics, but she really doesn’t like it when I bite her toes! It took a few
days, but I’m beginning to figure out that I’m not supposed to do certain things.
I keep forgetting, but they just keep reminding me.
I am eating well, sleeping
well, and learning that when I get to go outside it isn’t always just to run
and play. I’m working hard at training these two people to pay attention and to
take me outside after I eat and about once an hour unless they just enjoy
cleaning up my accidents.
afternoon I went to sleep in mommy’s lap. When I woke up, my feet looked really
different. She told me she had trimmed the hair on my feet and trimmed my
toenails while I was napping. That was okay, but I didn’t like it at all when
she tried to trim around my neck to make a place for my collar. She tells me
that she is even going to polish my toenails. Ha! Ha! We’ll see about that!
These people love me a lot. I
know they do because they are always telling me that and they want to hug and
kiss all the time. If things keep on the way they have started, I think I’m
going to love it here. Thanks, Mrs. Charity, for taking such good care of me
when I was at your house. You gave me the very best start a puppy could hope
for and then you helped me get to these Snead’s where there was lots and lots
of love just waiting for me. I think we are going to get along just fine.
My mommy has tried and tried to
get some pictures of me. I’ve got too much playing and exploring to, as she
says, sit still and “look pretty” for any picture. Maybe I’ll settle down a
little and let her do that one day – and then again, maybe not! My picture at
the top of this letter was really taken with my daddy holding me. (I’ve really
got this guy wrapped around my paws!) Mommy took it and did something to get
rid of daddy so she could just have ME! (Except for the writing that was on his
shirt that now looks like a feather growing out of my hair!) Maybe I’ll learn
to like having my picture on things so she can get some more pictures to send
Mommy and daddy say to tell you
thanks for helping them get me and for the extra special care you showed by
keeping up with what was happening with me last Saturday. Knowing that you were
on top of things must have really made them feel better. They also say that
it’s nite-nite time now and I have to go out to pee-pee and poopie (whatever in
the world that is) so we can go to bed. So nite-nite to you. I’m being a good
girl, and I like my new home.
me Josephine, but everybody just calls me Josie, and I’m learning to come when
the call me.)
Dear Mrs. Charity,
Happy New Year!
I tried to send a message to you at least a week ago, but
Mama has been rushing around like crazy lately.
She still calls me “baby girl” and wants to kiss and hug a lot. So does Daddy. But the truth is I’m really not such a baby
now. Last week I was 5 months old! It was like some special day around here
(Christmas Eve, or some such), but these people still thought we should
celebrate my milestone day. Seems like
we did a lot of celebrating. I’m not at
all sure who this Santa person is, but I know I like him a lot. He left me a big box of Greenies, a bag of
food, and several new toys to play with (since I didn’t already have a box
full). There were also a few other
presents for the others and we all had a big time tearing paper and making a
I’m still getting along just fine. My Mama says I’m growing up too fast. I’m still really full of energy and love to
play. And I do love attention. I want everybody together and where I can see
them all the time. If anybody leaves the
room, I put up a fuss until they come back.
I still forget and bite sometimes when we play, but these people remind
me pretty quickly and clearly that they don’t like that. I’ve learned a few new “tricks” now that I’m
a little bit bigger. Everybody was
really surprised when I jumped up on the sofa all by myself a few days
ago. Once I discovered I could do that,
jumping up on things has become a fun game.
It’s almost as much fun as running through the family room and kitchen
like a streak of lightening.
Mama thinks you’d like to know that I am now 10 inches
(floor to shoulder), about 14 inches long (neck to tail) and weigh 8
pounds. She says I’m big enough now and
she hopes I’m through growing. My potty
training is going well. I’ve learned to
bark when I want to go outside and, except for occasionally getting in
a hurry and wetting the floor before I tell anybody, I’m about to get
of this. I sleep really well, and have
even been allowed to sleep on the bed with my “parents” several times.
Mama’s just afraid I will try to jump off the
bed and get hurt. She really likes to
groom me, so I get brushed and combed every day and get my teeth
brushed. Now that’s a real experience! Some days she trims my toenails
and I don’t
like that at all. She also uses a
clipper to shave the hair from my feet, face, neck, and base of my
tail. That’s not so bad, but I get really tired of
her messing with me for long times.
Guess that’s what girls have to do – that and wear bows in their
hair! Guess I have to admit that I feel
pretty and I prance around a little more when I’m all fresh and clean
a new haircut and pedicure.
Mama got a Christmas card from one of her college friends
that had a picture of the lady with her new red toy poodle. Her puppy is my same age and looks just like
me! We are going to Tennessee in about 2
weeks so I can meet Spice and my Mama can reunite with this person she hasn’t
seen in about 46 years! I don’t really
like to ride much, but these two people are really excited so I’m going to have
to try to be a good girl.
I hope you and all your family and the doggies are doing
okay since I left and that you will have a good year in 2012. Mama is sending you a few recent pictures of
me so you can see how beautiful and grown up I am. She says I have to go now because we have to
get ready to sing some song and watch somebody drop a fancy ball. I like balls, so I don’t want to miss this!
Mommy and Me
In our favorite rocking
Dear Mrs. Charity,
My 9-months “birthday” surely did seem to come in a
hurry. It’s hard for me to believe I
have lived here in NC for more than 7 months already. So much has changed for me during that
time. My mommy says I’m a very smart little
girl and I am doing well with things she has tried to teach me.
My size and weight seem to be settled now. I’m 10” tall and weighed 10 pounds when I was
at the vet’s office about 2 weeks ago.
Mommy and Daddy say I have long legs, and that my body is long from my
neck to tail. They are always telling me
how beautiful I am, and when we go out anywhere everybody we meet says the same
thing and talks about my unusual poodle color.
They also talk about my polished toenails! I rather like being the center of so much
We enrolled in a puppy class at a PetsMart about 30 miles
from home back in January. Really, I
haven’t learned that much during the classes, but Mommy spends a lot of time
with me after we get home each week, so I guess I’m doing okay. I “graduated” from the first session in March
and I will finish the intermediate class in another week. Mommy says we probably will stop then – at least
for a while – and just keep practicing at home.
Learning to “speak” the same language as Mommy has been hard, but I now
understand a lot of new words. I know
sit, stay, down, hello, heel, wait, walk, come, drop it, leave it, and go to
your bed. I can sit pretty (some people
say beg) and walk on my hind feet. I’m
learning to twirl around while standing up tall on my hind feet. And I have learned that I have my own special
place to go when I need to potty. You’d
be really proud of me.
Riding in the car has not been my most favorite thing to do,
but I am getting a little more comfortable with it than at first. Guess what!
I have my very own car seat and when we ride I can sit up high enough to
see out the windows! I like that. I get to go almost everywhere my family goes,
but occasionally I stay at the house next door with Andrew (he’s the little boy
who came to the airport to pick me up when I moved) and his Mother, Robin. I like them a lot and I have a good time
playing with Andrew.
My new home is a happy place, but I miss having the other
puppies to play with. We go to visit
sometimes and I play with the doggies that live with Mama and Daddy’s friends,
but we just stay a little while and then go back home. Maybe sometime I can have a puppy sister or
brother to come live at my house so we can play.
I really wanted to write to wish you and Lola a Happy
Mother’s Day. I’m a lucky little girl
because I have lots of mommies to love me!
I hope you and Lola are both well and happy.