I've got another friend for you to meet today. Her name is Dot. So, let's meet her, shall we?
Hi Dot. Nice name... Short and simple. So, Dot, how did you get your name?
My name is Dot because I have a large dot on my back. I was called Dottie when mom and dad adopted me, but mom didn’t like it so she shortened it to Dot.
That makes sense. What species and breed are you?
I am a Bodeguero, a Spanish breed. I’m part Jack Russell and part Fox Terrier. We were bred initially to keep the vermin out of the bodegas (wine cellars). Now we just chase cats.
You sound like an interesting dog. Mummy says she bets you're adorable. So, can you please describe your appearance. I know you also sent a photo - which I'll share in a moment - but please describe yourself too, for the benefit of those who can’t see the photo, like my Mummy.
I’m adorable, at least that’s what mom says. I have short white hair, with a few black dots. My face is white, black and brown, my eyes are chocolate brown and I have brown velvety floppy ears. I have long legs and have the shape of a whippet but not quite as skinny. I can run very fast and jump over walls and fences like a gazelle.
Ah! You are as cute as Mummy thought you must be. For those who can see it, here's a photo of Dot with her Mom:
By the way, Dot, that's some impressive running and jumping. OK, since that photo includes your Mom, this is a good time to think about this, so... Let's talk about others in your life. What sort of place do you live in? Who do you share it with?
I live in Spain in a garden apartment with a large patio. So there is lots of room to run and play ball. I even have a palm tree in my yard where I can hide my ball and toys behind. I have an outside bed and an inside bed. I share my home with my human mom and dad. Sometimes my doggy friends come over for a play date.
Oh, that sounds lovely! Especially the play date thing... That sounds like so much fun! Hey, on the subject of fun things to do, what’s your favourite thing to do?
My favourite thing to do is playing in the park with my BFF, Patch. He is a Bodeguero as well, except he is a boy dog and is younger and a bit smaller than me. We always have so much fun chasing each other, digging holes and sitting in them and rolling around in the grass or dirt. We often get kind of dirty.
Speaking as an Earth dog breed, I have to say that definitely sounds like fun! So, what about when you aren't out on play dates? Do you have a favourite toy? If yes, what is it?
Every time mom goes away to do a book promotion, she comes back with a new toy for me. That one is always my favourite until she brings me another one. Once she brought me a Santa Claus from Canada and I loved him to death. There is only a few pieces of him left.
Ah, yes... Toys do have a habit of falling to pieces, don't they? Not sure how that happens... *ahem*... Anyway, since we're talking about your favourite things, what’s your favourite food?
Food! Did you mention food? I love food. My favourite is chicken. Mom is a vegetarian but she makes chicken for me and dad. I also love ice cream and when the ice cream truck comes by our house, dad buys me my own cone of soft ice cream. It is so yummy! Excuse me now as I have to go and check out my bowl.
Dot? Hey, come back! We're not done. You can check your bowl after we've finished.
Are you back? Yes? Good! Anyway, that's nice of her. My Mummy's the same. Well, she was vegetarian, but now she's vegan, which mostly seems to mean she doesn't eat ice cream or cheese any more either. Still gives us all those things though, which is great... I'd hate to not have those things. I'm glad your humans make sure you get to have chicken, even though you have a vegetarian in the house. That's really great of your Mom! So, Dot, on the subject of the things they do for us, tell me: what’s the one thing your humans do that you love most?
My human mom and dad take me to the beach where I can run and play with other dogs. I love that as well as riding in the back seat of the car when they go out for a drive.
Both great things to do. Of course, they don't always do things we enjoy, do they? So, what’s the one thing your humans do that you hate most?
They give me baths and I hate that. I know, I get smelly and dirty sometimes, especially if I roll in stuff. But I just hate having a bath.
Most dogs do. I don't mind it personally. Or, I wouldn't if they didn't insist on using that smelly stuff. Anyway, Dot, I happen to know your human is a writer and blogger. Has she written anything about you? If yes, can you tell us about it? If no, do you think she will in the future?
Yes, mom has written about me on her blog. Sometimes she lets me write my own post like when we went to France together in the car. Here are a couple of posts.
Thanks for sharing those with us. I hope everyone reading this goes to check them out... After they're done reading the rest of our interview, of course. By the way, Dot, what do you do while your human writes?
I usually sleep on her bed while she writes. When I think she has been at the computer too long, I come into her office and look at her with my big eyes and wag my tale. Then she says, “OK, let me finish this sentence and we’ll go for a walk.” It works every time.
That's fantastic! It sounds like you've trained her really well. I still need to work on Mummy's training some. I hope she gets to be as well trained as yours soon. Alright... I know you want to go see what might be in your food bowl - I hope there's something nice, by the way - so we should finish this up. Before you go though, is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
I’m a rescue dog. I was found on the side of a scary busy road when I was four months old. I lived with a nice lady, her husband and two Boxer dogs for a while until mom and dad came and got me and took me to my forever home on the Costa Blanca three years ago. I think am one lucky puppy but they say they are lucky to have me. I´m almost 4 years old now.
Sorry you had that kind of start in life. It sounds awful... I'd hate to be all alone on the side of a busy scary road like that! It's sad someone would do that to you. I'm glad you have a great forever home now, and your story has a happy ending. Anyway, it was great getting to know you. Thanks for coming over for a visit.
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I hope you enjoyed meeting my friend, Dot, and learning more about her and her human Mom, Darlene. Make them feel special by leaving a comment, sharing this post, or both. I'm sure they'll be very happy if you do.
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