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Patti and Molly and Allie
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Sep 08, 2016 at 08:51
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Little Miss Allie is now 9 months old. Holy cow time files!

She is turning into such a good girl. It's amazing what she has learned. She listens shockingly well (for a 9 month old terrier!), we love having her around, and she truly is the light of our life. She's a happy, well-adjusted little girl.

Probably her only wish would be for a brother or a sister. She is very dog oriented. Our last girl Molly loved being an only child. She would meet a dog on the street and say "hi", but within 30 seconds she had enough and was ready to move on. Allie gets so excited meeting up with doggy friends outside. It's been a really long time (like 20 years!) since I've had 2 dogs at once, but we are seriously considering adding another Westie to our family.

Anyway, she has started doing something that melts my soul. She SMILES when she sees us coming after we've been gone for a bit. So, for example, when she sees her daddy after a long day at work, her little body gets all wiggly and she lifts up her lips in the front of her mouth, and it looks like she's grinning at us. (She also looks a little nerdy at the same time, which just adds to the adorable quotient.)

There she is, wiggling around and grinning at us. Dogs are awesome!!!

According to her breeder/first mom, Allie's doggy momma and most of her doggy family do this exact same thing. It's their way of expressing joy. Every time she does it I'm reminded how much I love this little girl.

Our prior Westie Molly had a way of Arooing when she was happy. She'd stamp her front right foot and throw her little head into the air, and let out a long AROOOO when she was that happy.

So - I've had an Arooo'er, and now I've got a smiler. :)

All of this got me wondering......what one thing does your pupper do that brings joy to your heart? What cute ways do your kids show you they are happy and loving life?


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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Sep 08, 2016 at 09:32
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In the evenings when we're sitting on the couch together, Emmie will give me "the look" and then she'll roll over so I can give her a tummy rub. I'll whisper "I love you" in her ear and she'll give me whisper soft kisses on the nose. Kelsie would never let us touch her belly. It's so wonderful having a pup who loves tummy rubs!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Jeanie and Annabel
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Sep 08, 2016 at 09:46
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OH PATTI....Annabel does that too.  I know exactly what you mean....people all say that their dogs smile, but this is different....we call it grinning.  It is the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Annabel's furmom did it, when I went to get her.  I thought that she was snarling at me, because she didn't want to give up her baby...but I realized after a while,that was what it was.  I have tried to capture a picture of it, but she always stops.  I have a decent one...I will try to find it.  I read recently that it was a sign of submission, which makes some sense....but at the times she does it....it is just the sheer joy of seeing me....when I get home and come in the door, when I am lifting her off the bed in the morning, when she sees the groomer, etc.  Does Alli sneeze, when she does it?  I think that it tickles her nose, so she also sneezes.  For some reason, she has done if more, since we moved here.  I guess she is happy....and I know that she is enjoying being an "only".  I think a little sister for Alli would be a great idea!!!!

Love and hugs,
Jeanie and Annabel

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Moshe and Levi
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Sep 08, 2016 at 09:56
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Everytime I see Levi from his behind it brings a smile to my face he has the cutest butt you have ever seen. It is nice and round and he is a real charmer. He stick to me like glue even on the beach. He gives lots of kisses during the day. His big brown eyes show lots of joy and he lays down for a tummy rub.
When he sleeps at night he has to touch me for some reason during the night and sometimes he takes over more than 3/4 of the bed.
If I had one wish it would be that he would love to walk. Getting started walking is a real Drag. Once he knows we are going home you should see him how well he walks. He is on Cosequin DS chewable tablets but will not eat it so I grate it in his food.
Levi is a real lover boy. He brings us so much joy!
Life would be dull without a Westie in the house. He loves Car drives.
Love,Levi,Angel Moshe and Yoka
Xxx

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Patti and Molly
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Sep 08, 2016 at 11:14
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I love reading these replies. They make me so happy.

Deb - I love those soft cuddle moments. :) Allie will let me hold her like a baby in my lap, and she'll lay her head right in the crook of my neck. I'm surprised my heart doesn't explode from happiness - so I know exactly what you mean.

Jeanie - so funny! The first time Allie did it I thought she was snarling too. But then I quickly realized she was just really happy! I've heard it's a submission sign too but I don't buy that, at least for Allie. It's just an adorable Westie grin! :)

Yoka - aren't their little butts are awesome?! There are some people in the world who probably think we're nuts, but I don't care - their little butts are adorable! I can also tell how happy they are by just seeing their butt. :) I swear it's got almost as much expression as their faces do. A tense butt, a happy butt, a "I see a chipmunk in my yard" butt - they're all different.

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robin and presley
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Sep 08, 2016 at 14:07
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when I approach Presley he will roll over on his back and ask for a belly rub.  and will stay their as long as you will give him one. Robin will raise her right paw as if she is waving at you for attention.


At night they both join me on the sofa and nap while I watch TV. 

They are the loves of my live and I don't know what I would do without them



sandi robin Presley and buster at the bridge


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Diana
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Sep 08, 2016 at 15:04
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If your in the position to add another member to the family I say go for it. It's the best thing I ever did for Maddie. Izzy and Maddie adore one another, they wrestle and play and chase one another. They are so funny together, when one disappears outside the other one follows. 

Maddie when she hears the theme song to Hawaii 5.0 she rushes over to me and jumps up and down. It's funny you can see her ears twitching when the music first starts as if she's not sure that it's that song but once she is sure she gets all excited. Not sure what it is about the song but from the first day I played it she seems to have loved it. 

Izzy is a more gentle soul, we play a game called 'she'll be coming round the mountain', where I get one of her favourite toys and dance him across the table and around the top of the armchair while singing the song and she tries to get him. I have to watch my fingers, she's not a biter but she is very quick. 

They are both so toy orientated, they love to greet dogs at the park but I am always careful to check with the owner first. 

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Millie
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Sep 08, 2016 at 17:06
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Millie is a grinner too!!  It makes me so happy when I come in after being gone, whether it's been 30 minutes or a few hours!!  She looks a little dorky because one side of her mouth goes up more...it is the cutest thing.  She gets to come with me to the office quite a bit and everybody loves her little smile!  It also makes me laugh to watch her watch TV.  She is enthralled like she is following the story line....and if there's an animal or 2, forget it...she runs all over the place!  I love to watch her go fetch a toy for me and come running to me with it.  She really does bring me so much joy and is the best little companion!!

love,
Samantha

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NimbySue
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Sep 08, 2016 at 17:07
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Watching Andrew say Good Morning...he is sooo happy and it seems he loves just being loved and in a forever home ...the way he greets and wiggles his big body and rools around,also when he goes to bed he just loves the comfort to be allowed on a soft mattress  ...the way he copies Nimby and he runs outside to take his hedgiehog to sunbathe!..Miss Nimby,well  everything but main ones are when she lays like a froggie and  the joy on her face when she is going out in the motor car on her  weekend outings......hearing her bark and zoom in the garden(I know she is feeling well this way!!)...when winter comes she gets under the duvet and snuggles next to me......Just her joyous  funny face!! and being with me.....Hugs and kisses Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPS.. A super post and topic x

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Patti and Molly
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Sep 09, 2016 at 09:18
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What a great way to start my morning. Nothing makes me happier than hearing about happy and well-loved dogs in good homes.

Sandi, I love the image of that raised paw.

Diana, I love the game you've come up with. And thanks for the thoughts about adding a 2nd. I keep thinking it will be twice as much work....and holy cow, Allie was a handful as a puppy! I don't think I've quite recovered from that. But if the right adult rescue presents, I'm pretty sure I could be talked into it. ;)

Samantha, I'm so glad you have a grinner too - and I'm glad you get why I think it looks a little dorky. I can't really put into words WHY it looks dorky, but she reminds me of Steve Irkle (sp?) when she's doing it. Ha ha. It just makes it all that much more adorable to me.

Annie, just hearing about a happy Nimby puts a smile on my face. I love that girl. And I'm so glad you added Andrew to your family too.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to share your stories. It's nice to soak in some happiness. I think my blood pressure went down 10 points just reading all the replies. :)

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Diana
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Sep 09, 2016 at 18:26
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It was more work with Maddie but then I'd not had a puppy around for 14 years so I really noticed it but when Izzy came along Maddie was still young and it seemed easier for some reason. 

Our extended family has been lucky to have added 3 adult Westies this year and they have slotted in so well. Firstly Mollie she is nearly 6 she came down by plane to live with my parents and Foz, then Ryley (3) thru rescue and now Tilly (6) from a breeder she also flew down. So obviously they are out there. When I wanted a mate for Maddie I didn't have much time so I didn't wait around for an adult to become available, and it could have been quite a wait as we don't see them come up for adoption that often here. Foz was an adult when he came to live with my parents all those years ago, as was Lily (she has passed now) my sisters first Westie.

My 2 love balls, especially small ones. We have a lovely time searching for them when they suddenly disappear under the armchair monster. I often get a slap up the face with a little tongue when looking underneath, or they get in the way by trying to look too. I just have to say to them 'where's the ball' and they go off looking for it. I always say to them 'if I find it it's mine' and that sends them scurrying to find it first. 

I get a lot of enjoyment out of my girls, not a day goes by that they don't do something to make me laugh.

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Jeanie and Annabel
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Sep 10, 2016 at 10:19
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Patti....does Allie sneeze, when she grins? Annabel does....like I said...I think, when she curls her lips it tickles her nose, and yes, it does look "dorky"...even more so with the sneezing.

If you would adopt a rescue....would you want a male or female?  I helped Lori Najzdian from Westie rescue New England get an adorable little guy out of a home, where he was not having a good life, and had not been properly trained.  She is doing great things with him, and he will be up for adoption soon.  He is learning manners and how to act in a pack situation. 

Love and hugs,
Jeanie

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Patti and Molly
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Sep 12, 2016 at 09:22
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Hi Jeannie!!!

So sorry that I missed this until now. (I'm rarely online much on the weekends.....)

Anyway, no, she doesn't sneeze when she does it.

I didn't realize you did rescue work - that's awesome my friend. Wow, good for you!!!

I don't think we are quite there yet, in terms of being able to add a new dog to our crazy herd. :) I'm still finishing up Allie's training, and I'd like to get her all done before I take on another one. Thank you so much for thinking of us though!

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Jeanie and Annabel
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Sep 12, 2016 at 10:18
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I don't really do rescue work, Patti.  I could never give them up.  I saw a gal on FB who wanted to GIVE AWAY her Westie, so I stepped in .I contacted a friend, who had lost her boy a little over a year ago, and tried to work that out.  She did end up taking him, but gave him back the same day, because he was so aggressive.  I felt HORRIBLE about that, and so did she....so I would not give up and ended up getting him placed with Westie rescue New England.  He was in NY....that is why I thought of you.  He is doing GREAT in rescue....we just think that he had no training and was possibly mistreated. At the very least, he was played with very roughly.   He was only 1 !/2, so he is still a puppy and can still be trained.  The story hurt my heart....so now,he can start a new, wonderful life.

So, if you decide to rescue down the road.....you should check with them.  Lori Najdzin is the gal to contact....GREAT lady!

Love and hugs,
Jeanie and Annabel

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Patti and Molly
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Sep 12, 2016 at 12:53
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What a sad story.

So many people shouldn't ever have dogs. It breaks my heart. People get a puppy because they're so cute - but then they don't work with them, don't train them, don't put any time into them....and then they dump them like a piece of trash as soon as they chew something, or pee in the house, or do something that makes them mad.

I shudder to think what Allie's behavior would be like without the hours and hours of training we've done with her. And she's a solid little girl from an amazing blood line! But cripes, they are TERRIERS, and they're strong willed, smart, independent little buggers!

Anyway, bless you for caring enough to do something. That dog now has a good chance to live a happy life from here! :) I'd be too nervous to take on a pupper that's shown any aggression - I don't think I've got the right skill set for that problem.



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Jeanie and Annabel
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Sep 13, 2016 at 07:08
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I know, Patti....I REALLY had to bite my tongue.  I really wanted to tell them off, but had to be quiet in order to get him out of there.  They kept saying how much they loved him...I'm sure they did not do their homework regarding Westies.  She kept changing her mind...would say they were going to keep him and get him some training....then two days later, they wanted to give him away, again.  That happened 2 or 3 times. I was thrilled, when Lori finally got him.  And...guess what?  Right after they gave him up, they went on vacation (hmmmmm....didn't have to board him), and then as soon as they got home...they got another puppy...a cocker spaniel, this time...thank GOD...I just hope they learned their lesson.GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

Love and hugs,
Jeanie and Annabel

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