I missed Pascale’s “gotcha’ date with everything that’s been going on around here, but felt it a necessary break of sadness and stress to celebrate my gangly black panther dog.

As a furbaby mother, I shouldn’t pick favorites. I should love all my babies equally and cherish them in their own individual ways.

But I don’t. Pascale is my favorite. She is best dog, and I even tell this to Eliot quite frequently. I will always adore Eliot and he’s my favorite Springer Spaniel, but Pascale is best dog.

DID YOU HEAR I AM BEST DOG WOW YAY OMG HAPPY
DID YOU HEAR I AM BEST DOG WOW YAY OMG HAPPY

She’s kind of like a Dr. Seuss book. I can take her in the yard. I can take her in the car. I can take her to the bar. I can take her near and far.

She likes the other dogs. She likes to chase at frogs. She likes young boys and girls. She likes to dance and twirl.

As I’m a fan of memes, I felt like this one pretty accurately summed up what it’s like to live with Pascale:

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Black is an appropriate color for her, because she is my shadow. The ONLY thing that makes her upset is when I shut the door of my bedroom in my apartment. You know, so I might enjoy sleeping without a 60 lb dog spooning me from time to time. When she’s shut out, she whines and pouts and lays outside my room so dramatically that I can hear a loud thump against the door before her broken hearted sigh.

Where Pascale prefers to sleep
Where Pascale prefers to sleep

I should add that everything else in life besides being locked outside the door, makes Pascale deliriously happy. Everything.

THIS IS MY BABY AND I LOVE MY BABY UNTIL I EAT IT'S STUFFING OUT HAHAHAHAHAHA
THIS IS MY BABY AND I LOVE MY BABY UNTIL I EAT IT’S STUFFING OUT HAHAHAHAHAHA

Eliot is a bit of a loose canon, but Pascale has been able to adapt fabulously to him. She will approach him with a happy wag, but at the first sign that he’s getting annoyed with her she will instantly flop upside down in front of him as if to say “WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND NOW? DOES THIS HELP? I LOVE YOU!” They even wrestle some now, which says more about Pascale’s interpersonal dog skills than it does about Eliot’s behavioral improvement.

WE ARE BEST FRIENDS HE SAID SO!
WE ARE BEST FRIENDS HE SAID SO!

One of the reasons I took her home begged Tim to let me keep her, is that I wanted a barn dog. If you can overlook her tendency to eat horse manure (mmmm delicious), she is a great friend to have at the barn. While I warmup Simon, she’ll follow me in laps around the ring until she’s used up some excess energy. Then she’ll lay in the soft sand (usually in a hole she’s dug) outside of the ring and watch me as I go. You can see her in the background of a lot of my pictures, my favorite being this one:

I JUMP LIKE A PONYYYYYY
I JUMP LIKE A PONYYYYYY

Pascale is a perpetual puppy – still slightly naughty and full of energy. She’s very in tune with me and my feelings though, which makes up for the challenges of having a hyper dog. While Eliot has gotten a bit aloof and moody in his old age, Pascale will always come snuggle me. Usually I don’t have to call her, because she’s just there by my side. When I need a dog kiss I barely get her name out of my mouth before she’s right there staring at me with her little pitty face.

HAI!
HAI!

She’s a gangly, two year old “Manor Black Dog” and she’s a great friend to me.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Pitties really are the best at being deliriously happy. And your shadow. I have a barn pitty…but she’s my brother’s dog. 🙂 Happy two years of puppylove!

  2. 🙂 This is how my bonus dog is, minus the “good barn dog” part. He’s adorable and ridiculous and a bastard and he loves me and his earnesty always makes me smile, even when it’s the umpteeth set of flip flops he’s destroyed. I think they come to us for a reason.

  3. Your black puppy and my black puppy are literally the same puppy. They need to meet and frolic around together in perpetual happiness.

  4. aww yay Pascale – congrats on 2 yrs with Best Dog!! also, i’ve never noticed her in a riding pic before but feel like now it’ll be like southpark’s alien – it’s always there somewhere ya just gotta look for it. so now i’ll always be looking for Pascale in your pics haha

  5. You literally put a smile on my face with the dr Seuss verses! And that picture of her “helping” Simon jump is THE ABSOLUTE CUTEST. Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever met a dog that didn’t try and eat horses poop so I wouldn’t put that against her 😉 They all seem to find it ridiculously tasty and at the same they know they being bad when they do it!

  6. LOVE this! The Dr. Seuss bit is genius, too! 😉 Happy Gotcha Day Pascale! You are both very lucky to have found one another. Heart dogs are the best. <3

  7. Omg. Love love love this post. Pascale makes me smile anytime you talk about her or post pictures. I love the one of her with her purple dragon toy.

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