When you miss a family member, you cannot help but to think back to when he first arrived - the first day as a member of our family - and how it came to be.
Jeremiah could be said to be a native-born Vermonter. He was born April 27, 2006, to Lolli and Duncan in Alburgh, Vermont. It was a beautiful spot off the beaten path, far removed from any well travelled road and on the shore of Lake Champlain. It was probably close to doggy heaven because he had lots of other dogs to play with in big fields and a barn. The woman who owned the place ran a dog rescue, but catered primarily to Bichon Frises and Westie's, which she allowed to breed.
We met him on July 29th at the age of 13 weeks. We were told that he was the last of his litter available for adoption. In fact, he had already been adopted by another couple, but had been returned, saying their landlord would not let them keep the dog. He was playing with his sister (who was being retained for breeding) in the yard when we got there. He was shaggy and a little unkempt, having been jumping and running in the open fields.
He was apricot colored instead of the characteristic Bichon Frise white and very shy of people. It took us quite a while to coax him over to get acquainted. He finally let Linda pick him up and hold him, and for her at least, it was love at first sight.
She held him in her arms for the entire one hour drive back to our house. In that time, I think he adopted her, for he would literally follow her around wherever she went pretty much for the rest of his life.
He never said a word or made a sound of any kind. At first we thought he was just very shy. As the days wore on, however, we began to wonder if he even had a voice. Could it be he was mute? Had his previous owners traumatized him into being silent so the landlord would not hear him?
Finally about a month after he came to live with us, he barked for the first time. He probably thought we were crazy, we were so excited and loving on him! It was like the faucet was turned on and he barked (talked) to us everyday from then on. It soon became obvious that he was now comfortable and happy in our home and he would never again be called shy by anyone!
Posted by Warren