This was him 1 1/2 years ago when we first brought him home. Wasn't he just about the cutest thing you have ever seen?
I sometimes hate him because he is possibly the worst behaved dog in the history of dogs. He does this ridiculously annoying whiny thing. It drives me up the wall. He also has an affinity for expensive shoes. Once, when he was a puppy, I came home to find that he had pulled some massive Houdini maneuver, got into my closet, and preceded to eat every pair of shoes I owned. But only the left one. Every single right shoe was left untouched, but the left one was unrecognizable. Still to this day if he gets a hold of a pair of shoes, he'll choose the left one to savor. Weird, right? If he manages to escape sans leash, don't bother chasing him. He's the fastest little dog alive. I swear.
The love part always wins out, though, because he is cute and cuddly. He has the ability to be the sweetest dog. Kaeli adores him. She fell in love with him the moment she saw him. He's part of the family no matter what. Plus, he was born on Super Bowl Sunday 2007, and since this is one football loving family, he fits right in.
A friend of mine actually gave him to me when she realized that a very hyper puppy and her one year old son didn't mix well. They had given him some name that I thought was totally unfitting, and so I decided immediately to change it. Kaeli's choice was Willy Wonka. I used my Mom Power to veto it and spent the next two days thinking of the perfect name for our precocious new addition. I made a list. I went over it and over it until the perfect name hit me right in the face. An homage to one of my favorite movies. Something strong. Something that matched is spiky collar. Something that would give my little white poodle mix street cred at the dog park.
Now John McCain and Sarah Palin use it no less than 100 times a day. I'm slowly beginning to hate this name. Please vote for Obama/Biden so that my dog can have his name back!!