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Monday Memories: The Sixth!

April 12th, 2009 · 18 Comments

Today I have more dog memories to share with you!  A couple of years after we got married, my husband and I decided we should get a dog.  We had no children so we spent some Sunday mornings  leisurely eating breakfast at the local diner browsing through the newspaper for a breeder.  We had researched and decided on getting a Spinone Italiano.  The books we read had only good things to say about them and we thought they were cute.  We finally found a breeder with puppies, drove for a couple of hours and picked out our puppy.  He was the only one of the litter that kept trying to escape.  We named him Bart.  We happily brought our new puppy home, in love with him from the start.  We put up a gate and set up the kitchen with a nice cozy bed for him and papers for him to do his business on, and we went to bed.  He started crying and howling and continued FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT.  Oh, and for the entire next night also.  The third night, my husband was beside himself with sleep deprivation and decided we would sleep at his parent’s house and leave our precious puppy at home!  The fourth night, following my mom’s advice, we discovered that if Bart was in the same room with us, he was fine.  No more kitchen crying!

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Bart - March 1993

Bart turned out to be a very high maintenance dog.  He needed to be with us.  If we left he did anything and everything to escape the house, including chewing mouldings and walls that were around doors and any furniture that he felt was in the way.  He pulled things off the counter and ate them, edible or not.  He once got my sewing basket off of a high shelf in the living room and ate the pin cushion, pins and all.  He could destroy anything, but he was indestructible.  We built an outdoor pen for him with 6 ft. high fences.  He climbed the fence and escaped, several times.  We added a roof to the pen.  He climbed the fence, squeezed his way between the roof and the fence wall and his collar got stuck.  A friend of ours stopped by while we were gone for the day and discovered Bart hanging on the fence by his collar.  He was fine.  Bart did finally calm down as he got older and lived to be about 12.  When I was in labor with my first son, I brought a photo of Bart into the labor room to focus on.  Bart was high maintenance, but he was our first baby.

What are you remembering today?  If you have something to share with us today, leave a link to your blog post or photo in Mr. Linky.  If you don’t have a blog, tell us about a memory in the comment section.  I want to hear from everybody!  Please remember to:

  • Leave a link to the specific blog post, not to your general blog address, to make it easier for people to find your memory post.
  • Make sure your link works and that it goes to your specific memory post.
  • Put a link back to here in your post so that your readers can come and read about everyone’s memories!
  • Visit the other participants and please leave comments on their posts!  We all love comments!
  • Enjoy the party and come back next week for Monday Memories: Part Seven!

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vchelle // Apr 13, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I remember holding the phone for a long, long period of time scared to dial Dana Jackson’s phone number. Every girl in 9th grade, including myself, thought he was the bomb! After all, he was a senior! With his skinny self, he had a gerry curl that was so shiny, you could smell and see him coming down the hallway at school between classes.

    I’d gotten Dana’s phone number from someone, who got it from someone, who got it from a “friend” of his. I wasn’t sure what I was going to say. But, I knew, like 20 other girls, I had to let him know that I was special.

    So, I finally bit the bullet and called… With butterflies poking at my stomach, I began to slightly shiver. Ring. Ring. Hello, may I speak to Dana please? Sure, hold on. It had to be his mom. Then I heard his soft voice. Hello. Hello. Hello? H-e-l-l-o?, Hello!!! The clouds opened up and the sun shined through. Dana Jackson was on the phone. Of couse, I was so lost in my thoughts of fear, I didn’t say a word!! Click..

    The loud beep, beep sound from the phone brought me back to my kitchen. I never did date Dana and I’m pretty sure that he probably never even knew who I was. But, I knew that I had him on the phone to myself for a few seconds. It was all I needed!

    vchelle’s last blog post..Inspirational Monday: Getting up that mountain…

  • 2 Weathered Hope « Life Signatures // Apr 13, 2009 at 8:07 am

    […] you Gayle of Planet M Files for letting me share my memories! Love those crocheted guinea […]

  • 3 Puna // Apr 13, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Thank you Gayle! This post was a little while ago but still very relevant! Love those guinea pigs.

  • 4 Se'Lah // Apr 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

    This post brings back fond memories of my first (and only) pooch.

    Thanks.

    Se’Lah’s last blog post..Inspirational Monday: Patience…

  • 5 Gayle // Apr 13, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Hi vchelle!
    That is so funny and so sweet! Perfect! I think every woman can relate. I love that “the clouds opened up and the sun shined through” when you heard his voice!

    Hi Puna!
    Thank you!

    Hi Se’Lah!
    How old were you when you got your pooch?

  • 6 vchelle // Apr 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I just came back and read your posting and my comment again…. Didn’t mean to leave such a long post.. At 5 am in the morning, I think I really didn’t follow the instructions to well! ooops! Btw, thanks for sharing about Bart and allowing me tell my story…

    vchelle’s last blog post..Inspirational Monday: Getting up that mountain…

  • 7 Monkey's Momma // Apr 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for sharing the story of Bart!

    Monkey’s Momma’s last blog post..Hooked On Sepia Photos

  • 8 Lailani // Apr 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Ahhh Bart – he was a cutie – such a difference between Bart and Timmy!

    I still have 2 Bibles that a pooch chewed on – a holy dog! ugh, she chewed on so much!

    Lailani’s last blog post..Monday Memories – Scent of Rain

  • 9 Gayle // Apr 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Hi vchelle!
    It is totally fine to share your memories in the comments! I loved reading about your memory of calling Dana!

    Hi Monkey’s Momma!
    Thank you for visiting!

    Hi Lailani!
    Haha, there sure is a difference! A holy dog, that’s funny! Bart never chewed a Bible, but he did chew a couple of my cookbooks that he pulled off the counter!

  • 10 Angela // Apr 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I think stories like this could be why my hubby doesn’t want us to get a dog just yet! LOL.
    Anyhoo – I’m a bit slow on the uptake this week on getting my memory posted! I may have to share my wedding memories!
    ~angela

    Angela’s last blog post..Easter Tassel Sale

  • 11 Angela’s Peony Patch » Blog Archive » One Year Ago // Apr 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    […] I’m adding this memory to Gayle’s Monday Memories Party! […]

  • 12 spread your wings // Apr 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    this reminded me of the movie I watched Saturday – “Marley and Me”. Have you seen it?
    funny story. thanks for sharing. I’m a little behind on my blogging. I hope to post a monday memory tonight if I don’t have to work too late.

    spread your wings’s last blog post..eggs / chicks

  • 13 elk // Apr 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    all your pubs are so amazing Gayle ~i enjoyed the story1

    elk

    elk’s last blog post..colors in my mind

  • 14 Gayle // Apr 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Angela!
    Yes! We did so much research before getting Bart and had no idea how high maintenance he would be! I love your wedding memories!

    Hi spread your wings!
    I haven’t seen the movie, but I did read the book. It reminded me a lot of Bart!

    Hi elk!
    Thank you!

  • 15 Kim Andersen // Apr 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    The story of your Bart and his high maintenance ways made me think of our “low maintenance dog” and all that means in our life :)

  • 16 Gayle // Apr 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Kim!
    I love your “low maintenance dog” post!

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  • 18 Weathered Hope : LifeSignatures // Jun 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm

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