Tuesday, December 4, 2012

HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY, PIERRE

Today is Pierre's fourth Birthday. This is the first of his birthdays he has celebrated with me.  I believe that he is a gift from God to me. 

I had put down my previous dog Rickie, who had cancer.  He had out lived two and a half years older than the vet told me he would.  I was heart broken, but I needed another dog to fill my heart.  As Rickie had been a chihuahua, I didn't feel that I could get another chihuahua right now.  The two dogs I had before Rickie had been poodles, so I set my heart on another poodle.

My looking at SPCA and Humane Societys did not produce a poodle. There were many dogs, but not a poodle.  So I made a list of everything I wanted in my next dog.  As I got my previous dogs as puppies, I wanted an older dog this time.  The list was long of what I wanted in my next dog.  I thought I would never get a dog like that.  I wanted a full breed poodle.  On my limited income, I thought it would never happen.  Also I wanted the dog to come to me on Valentine's Day.  I told the Lord this was what I wanted and prayed.

As I belong to a dog club, I put my request on the computer to them.  I had lots of e-mails and looked at lots of dogs, but none were a full poodle.  One friend got on Craig's List.  She would e-mail me anytime a poodle came on.  I would e-mail the people that were selling the poodles.  One never answered me and the other had already sold it.  On Valentine's Day, she e-mailed about a poodle that was on- in the town next me.  It wouldn't come up on my computer so she had to send it to me.  I answered by land line and e-mail.  A while later, I got a call from the lady that owned him.  She explained that she worked 10 hours a day and didn't feel he was not getting all the attention he should. She also said one problem with him is he hogs attention. 

I was told to come over and see him.  My car was in the garage getting new brakes on it, so I asked if I could come tomorrow.  She asked where I lived and brought him over.  I waited on the street in from of our building until she pulled out.  Pierre (them called Tido) jumped out of the car and ran right to me, jumping on me like we were old friends.  When we went into my apartment I couldn't find him-the lady said to look on my bed-and sure enough there he was like he lived here.  The price she wanted was within my budget, but being a Christian I wanted to pray about it.  She said she would hold until the next day.

The next morning she called and asked me if I wanted and when I said yes, she said come and get him.  When my car was delivered-over I went and got him.  She said he had all his shots-two years ago and hadn't been groomed in ages.  I took him home, called the vet and the next day he went for all his shots.  Then he went to the groomers where he was groomed.  I didn't recognize him when I went to pick him up.  I almost took the wrong dog-but the groomer stopped me and gave me Pierre.

I wish Pierre could talk and tell me about his life before I got him.  There were two previous owners.  My vet says he was show dog, as she took him through all the moves in her office.  He does tricks, too.  Where ever he was is over-he is my little boy now.  Before he didn't have toys-now he has a basket full-some from Alaska.  He shares the attendtion that he hogged at his previous home with all the 97 tenants in our apartments here.   Pierre answers every request that I made on my list to God except I asked for a girl and he is a boy-that doesn't matter.  So Happy Fourth Birthday Pierre, the first birthday with me.  I truly believe that Pierre was a gift from God to me.

Marilyn

12 comments:

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi everyone, Didn't mean to go on so about Pierre, but he is very special to me. I sang Happy Birthday to him, patted him for his 4 years, with one to be go on and one to mind his Mother on. Now , we have to get to his presents.
Marilyn

Vickie said...

Oh Marilyn! Do you know I am such a softie, I am holding back tears right now. I am so happy for you AND Pierre. He has found his true home hasn't he? What a gift and blessing dogs are to us. I say that all the time around here. We are a family of dog lovers. Just over one year ago, we owned 3 dogs. The other two have since died. We now have just our little Mabel.♥

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie, My heart brakes when I think that two other owners got rid of such a wonderful dog. He came all trained and everything. He is such a good boy. How old is Mable?? It is so hard after we put one down. I still miss Rickie. Sometimes I think Rickie is looking down on Pierre and I. I never could have gone our and picked a dog like Pierre. God had to have sent him to me.
Marilyn

Vickie said...

Hello again Marilyn. Mabel is 3 1/2 years old. Marilyn I searched and cannot find an email address for you. Do you have one? May I have it? My address is imvickie@yahoo.com

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
I just left a comment on your blog. My e-mail is: lincolnlady1121@yahoo.com

Marilyn

Cheryl said...

Bon Anniversaire Pierre!

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you very much, Cheryl. Hope you have a great day.

Marilyn & Pierre

Amish Stories said...

I was going to change my name from Richard to Pierre, now since he's a Pierre I can't change it.

Looks like you ruined another moment for me Marilyn, where the heck is my lawyer at! Happy birthday Pierre.......... Richard "aka" Pierre.

New York State Of Mind said...

We can all call you Pierre, Richard-or is it Richard, Pierre ????

Thank you for Pierre's Happy Birthday,

Marilyn and Pierre

New York State Of Mind said...

Pierre sure got lots of gifts today. I gave him some toys. His "girfriend" Lily and her Mom gave him a toy. Tobi and his Mom gave Pierre dog cookies. They had previously given him a doggie bed for his birthday. One of the ladies in our building gave him a birthday card. I think he got some really nice gifts for his birthday here. We never expected all these gifts. We have a lot of kind people.

Marilyn and Pierre

Merilyn said...

That has got to be the sweetest dog story I've heard in a long time! What a dear little fellow, so glad he ended up with you! I have two rescue animals, one cat and one dog, and I just know our paths crossed because they were meant to be with me!! Happy Birthday to Pierre, and I hope you both have a wonderful Festive Season!!

New York State Of Mind said...

Welcome, Marilyn. I had to do a re-check on the first name. I don't usually run into another Marilyn, very often. I am glad you liked my story and I am glad the little fellow came to me, too. I am glad your animals found a great home, too. My previous dogs, I purchased from breeders. I love Pierre, who came to me. Pierre and I wish you a wonder Festive Season, too. Please come by anytime.

Marilyn and Pierre