Yes, that is an awful nickname for our dog, I feel mean at times, but it is slightly humorous. Our little hairball is the emotionally needy one in our home and she is loved on constantly. Some may wonder how we ended up with a three-legged (get it I lean, Ilean!) Shih Tzu fur baby.
It started back in 2005. Our older two were age 3 and 4 and I thought it was time for a dog. Forest did protest, though. He was always more of a cat person and besides who wanted another mouth to feed and body to care for? I looked anyways, knowing with the right face he would come around.
One day, I was on the website for a Humane Society in a neighboring county. On their front page they had listed a sweet little dog with special needs. Who could resist her adorable face and when I learned she recently had a leg amputated I just couldn’t believe she looked as good as she did. I called Forest and he gave the okay to go check her out.
OH MY GOODNESS was she ever adorable! She hopped around on that little back leg like no one’s business and was so curious and sweet. Guess who got all teary eyed and called her husband sniffling. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a cute face something awful. Really, though, who could resist this:
So a part of our family she became, and ever since she has been the baby of the house. Love on, snuggled in warm spots of all sorts:
Taken here, there, and everywhere…adored no matter where she goes.
Then one day (well, okay it was a month) I disappeared to the far-away land of Vietnam. Poor Ilean! What happened to her baby status? What happened to the endless loving and cuddling? And please someone, what are these two noisy little things? ***
At first, Ilean was not pleased. The noise, the lack of a lap to sit on, and the interruption to perfectly good naps was more than a dog could handle. Though, the two newcomers did come with a few new toys
and while those first few months were abrupt and hard, turns out the newcomers weren’t much different than the older two. Full of snuggles, kisses, pets, and rubs…who would have thought that the two newcomers could turn out to double the little girl lovins she gets!
Thankfully there has always been one rock-steady place to rest her litte head. The same old familiar lap, hands that find the spot the leg used to scratch, and always adoring human that Ilean has wrapped around her little, um, back paw.
It didn’t take but a day or two to convince Forest that Ilean was much better than any old cat and Ilean is quite protective of his most adoring fan.
Guess who’s side of the bed she sleeps on. Guess who she goes crazy for when they walk in the door. Guess who adores her like another kid. Yeah, so much for being a cat person. Really, though, who could resist!
***ugh, I look awful in that photo. Please give me credit though, I had been home for about 12 hours after flying ON MY OWN with the twins all the way from Hanoi to Hong Kong to LA and then into our state. To say I was jet-lagged, exhausted, and happy to see the rest of my family (including our dog) would have been the understatement of the century!