Sunday, September 30, 2007

My First Day

Koobuss tagged me and asked me to regale you all with how I came to live with Mom and Dad in Philadelphia. It began thus...

Oh, before I begin, a shout out to Di, Mom of Gracie - if you are reading this please email Mom cos she emailed you and your address bounced. Thank you.

And now back to my story. As you know, Mom grew up with a wire in South Africa named Georgie. In her honor, G is my second name. Axel G Chocholoza. Mom loved Georgie with all her heart and soul for the wonderful 15 years she graced her life. The year she died, Mom left home to live in Israel and then 6.5 years after that, she came to America. She knew her life was not stable enough in all those years to get another wire, so she held off until she met my dad in 2002 and they moved in together a year before they got married (shhh, don't tell anyone), to a little rented house next to a very big park. At that point, Mom said to Dad. We are ready for a dog! Dad was into it too, but he had NO choice in the decision of what breed of dog to get. Mom had her heart set on another wire fox terrier.

But how to find one? Mom, being a web person, went online first and located what seemed like a decent breeder in Mass. She even paid the deposit. Around the same time, Mom joined the Fox Terrier Network and leart from them that this breeder was not "Kosher" if you get my drift. So taking their advice, Mom bailed on the deal and yadda yadda yadda, found a good breeder named Bob, through the Fox Terrier Association of America. Bob told them that in about 2 months there would be a litter, and there was a good chance we could get one of the pups. Mom was overjoyed. I do believe she did a jig that day.

Fast forward to July 16, 2005 - a day before Mom's birthday. The happy parents-to-be drove to Valley Forge to meet me. I was one of four pups, the only boy. My Mom's name is Pompi and my Dad is Sir Walter Raleigh. Here I am with my sisters - I am the one on the far right, I was always bigger than my sisters:

Of course it was love at first sight for Mom and Dad. But it was touch and go whether Bob would part with his only boy - but I think he liked Mom and Dad so much, that he relented. Before leaving, Bob stripped me on the grooming table.

One thing I do remember, that when Dad was holding me on the way to the car to go to my new home, I wiggled and he dropped me...on concrete, on my head. The parents were beside themselves, though I was absolutely fine! From then on, Mom and Dad held me very tight!

So that dear friends are my humble beginnings. Not that exciting I know, I was lucky, I was never a rescue and I've always had a safe and loving home. Hey, in that photo above, see my tail, it's straight...yet somehow within 6 months, it had curled and noone can explain it! Maybe it's the same curious thing that gives me skin allergies...something in the air here makes me itch and my tail curl? Hmmm.



Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

Hi Axel,

Very good first day story. You were a real cutie pup, now you are a handsome dude. My dad dropped me when I was a pup, I was wiggling around and thump I went. No worse from the wear.


from Looney-tunes

Faya said...

Ohhhhh you were so small..... and cute (you are stîll cute...).
Kisses, Faya

Gus said... were such a cute puppy! And clearly you are well adjusted and healthy because your mom and dad love you so much. So don't sweat the tail thing, OK?

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...


I like your curly tail. I gives you character.


Scruffy & Lacie said...

Nothing like a good knock on the head to bring out the best in a Wire!! I like your tail, Axel...maybe your mom sneaks in and puts a pink curler in it when you sleep?? That's a great pic of you with your sissies!! Scruffy had one sis and 4 bros...weird, huh?! Is ur mom going to the Big Terrier show in Philly this weekend? Montgomery? We wish we could go...too far and Mumsie hates the PA turnpike. Come and visit us...we miss you!!


Scruffy & Lacie said...

Hey Axel...yeah, we do live in the Burg...for as awful as the Pirates have been as for as much as Mumsie dislikes the Phillies...(Dad loves them!) she was glad to see they are making a comeback in the playoff season! Post some pix of Montgomery...look for Thorkourt Kennels...that's Lacie's breeder...he will probably be showing there this weekend...his Lakies...a little sis for Axel???? Run fast!!!!!


The Thuglets said...

Axel what a cute pup you wonder they could not resist you. Our Teddy known as the Rocket Man was on our hooman mums knee when he was 10 weeks old and he lauched himself into the air then crashed landed on the kitchen floor on his head. Like you he was no worse for his experience.

The Thuglets

Asta said...

Good thing we foxys bounce so well!
I pawsonally love a cuwvy tail! I think you'we a vewy handsome pup and i'm not suwpwised it was love at fiwst sight!
How awe you'w itchies??hope they'we gone!
smoochie kisses

Pacco de Mongrel said...

enjoy looking at ur puppy pic...

n wit all ur siblings...

Lacy said...

woofies axel!!! u wuz a cutie when u wuz a little bitty doggy and u r a handsome doggy now...nice to meets u...

b safe,

William Tell said...

What a cute pupster you were that first day! Who could resist?

William Tell

Asta said...

Thank you for the lovely compliment on my Mommi says, Nikki ,her first wiwe stood stock still whenevew he had a coat on,hehehe..eventually he got used to them when it was supew cold.I have no pwoblem and would be supew happy if you sent me youw costoome,heheh, maybe I can get a sniff of you..that would be cool, I think you'we vewy handsome and have a vewy nice Mom..she scwitched me and twied to kiss me,but i was being shy..tell hew I'm sowwy. Have fun with the toy!
smoochie kisses

Jackson said...

Hey pal, how tiny you were as a puppy. It's always good to hear happy stories rather than sad rescue ones so I'm delighted you came from one loving breeder to your family. J x

PS Your curly tail is cute.