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The Dog Behind bossypants

Updated on August 17, 2014

Who Would Name Her Dog Bossypants?

Choosing a screen name was tough, but choosing my avatar was easy. Originally, it never occurred to me that there would be any relationship between the two, but now plenty of people think the dog in my avatar is named bossypants. Not so! She is Nattie.

Few things in life bring my family as much joy as our sweet beast. Nattie's a purebred Samoyed -- from championship stock, no less. She even has a fancy four part purebred name. But like the other companions we've loved before her, she is a rescue.

Need a Sign? How's This?

Where, oh Where, Can She be?

Anyone who has loved a family pet knows the hole that companion's loss creates. We were desperately seeking a way to fill the hole in our hearts after the loss of our 15 year old Samoyed when we heard of a 2 year old Sam girl who had been returned to her breeders. When we learned of the location, we knew she was for us. The breeders lived in the very town where we had vacationed with our recently deceased Sam for 7 years. We're only human, but even we got the message.

What's Fluffy, White, and Makes You Happy?

Naming a Samoyed

Some pet owners agonize over their pets' names, others wait for a sign. Still others take the more spiritual approach and wait for the pet to name itself through its personality or behaviors. Rescues typically come with names, which can provide another set of worries. Will changing the name traumatize an animal already making so many adjustments?

Trauma schrauma. We were brainstorming names before we even met our girl. Fluffy, Snowball, and Blizzard never crossed our lips. We'd already known (and loved) a Tundra. We considered the celestial: Nimbus, Cumulus. And, as she was a product of America's Dairyland, Mozzarella held sway for quite a while.

In the end, it was the motto on her hometown's welcome sign that inspired her name. Years before, the slogan had tickled us. Below the town name, the sign said simply, "Naturally." We could have gone with, "Rally," I suppose, but we decided on "Nattie."

Nattie Meets eHow Dolly during eHow Dolly's Grand Adventure
Nattie Meets eHow Dolly during eHow Dolly's Grand Adventure

Destined for Fame

The World is Her Biscuit

Samoyeds' human companions are accustomed to a certain amount of attention. Sams have a striking appearance. Walks are often happily interrupted with requests to pet the Samoyed and the perennial question, "does she shed?"

Our previous Samoyed (by her longevity, if nothing else) was dubbed the neighborhood icon. As technology causes our world to shrink, the neighborhood is no longer enough. Nattie supplements her actual neighborhood walks with virtual strolls. She's familiar to eHow, List My Five, and ParkGrades readers and is a presence on Face Book. Feeling quite the celebrity, she has traveled to meet fellow eHow writers. In fact, it seems many people identify her so clearly with bossypants, that as her human, I'm actually the one "behind" bossypants - far behind! But when you live with a Samoyed, that's as it should be!

Bonus: Nattie's Favorite Frozen Treats

Make an Easy and Wholesome Frozen Treat for Your Four Legged Friend

Making your own frozen treats for your sweet beast takes just minutes, requires no cooking and will save you a bundle. (In our stores, a box of 4 doggie "ice cream" cups runs close to $5, with tax.)

You can get cups and lids at restaurant supply stores. Or, Google "portion cups" for suppliers. Once you have the cups, all you need to do is pour low fat soy milk into the containers, snap on the lid, and freeze them. It's that easy!

Don't feed your dog these treats unattended and make sure your friend doesn't try to eat the cup. Check with your vet if your dog has any health concerns, before feeding frozen treats.

What's a Pup Panini?

When riding in the car with your favorite beast and a turn causes her to lean into you, that's a pup panini -- a warm press.

Nattie - ...ready for her close up

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The smile that makes Sammies famous!Girls just want to have fun.Queen of the hill.Stuck waiting in the car, again.Wanna play?
The smile that makes Sammies famous!
The smile that makes Sammies famous!
Girls just want to have fun.
Girls just want to have fun.
Queen of the hill.
Queen of the hill.
Stuck waiting in the car, again.
Stuck waiting in the car, again.
Wanna play?
Wanna play?
c. bossypants
c. bossypants


by bossypants

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Loveable creature:) The breed is gorgeous. But even without the pure blood Nattie would steal hearts!

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      ruth-williams lm 4 years ago

      Nattie is beautiful, what a lovely looking dog!

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      Mr-Panda LM 5 years ago

      That is one beautiful dog. Super cute.

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      RedShoesGirl 5 years ago

      I am in love with your dog in this moment. I have four cats and one dog, and it is hard to say that I have a favorite pet since I love all of them. Since I am a dog person more than a cat one, I will always be very attached to Bella: my 15 years old and blind Pekingese. :)

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      Oh BRAVO! A whole article on my favorite little girl. I'm so glad you told your story about Nattie. The highlight of our visit to your neck of the woods was meeting her...and you of course. : ) Nattie is so sweet. She is my muse. Every time I see her I am inspired to create something.

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Really beautiful dog! :)

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      chas65 5 years ago

      What a beautiful dog, love all of these dog stories on Squidoo.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Cannot believe I hadn't blessed this article way before now! You know I'm a big fan of bossypants!

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      RichLeighHD 5 years ago

      My little Stinker is my favourite animal companion; she follows me everywhere. She's like a little feline shadow... Nattie is absolutely gorgeous!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      She is absolutely gorgeous

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Beautiful dog.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      Oh man, I could never choose between LarryDog, our Chow-Blue Heelr still going strong at 16, Lola, our Rottweiler, Misty, our Mexican street kittie who rules the dogs, and Moonlight, our Siamesey kittie. I won't even think about our 9 chickens!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      She is beautiful! Funnily enough I had just finished a new lens, dogs, when I saw you'd liked my lens and came over to see your lenses! I do like dogs, really, honestly! (take a peek and see why I'm saying that: if the link doesn't work yet, it's because I've just published it!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Nattie is just beautifu. Want to give her a big Hug.l

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      Jereme Causing 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love nattie :)

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      mimosapudica 5 years ago

      lovely doggie...!! love it!!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I have 3 dogs for companions a golden retrievor for 16 years a german shepherd 7 years and a westie for 2 years

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      your dog is beautiful! I've been wanting to get a dog, but I live in a small apartment and I like big dogs, so its not really an option yet

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our new dog Daxx, he's a 4 month old White German Shepherd. Love him!

      Nattie is a beautiful dog!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My many kitty cats. Wonderful lens, thanks for sharing.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, Nattie is a Samoyed! Such a pretty dog. Glad you have gotten her the medical attention she needed.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I have several and love them all.

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Nattie is incredibly beautiful. Off to learn about the diabetes....

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      Delia 5 years ago

      What an adorable Samoyed, and how nice that you rescued her and has a fur-ever loving home...especially being a diabetic dog. Kudo's to the family! I also live in a Midwest Dairy-country town (in Wisconsin :-)

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My beloved and best friend ever was my dear Samoyed girl named Krystal. I never had a pet that was as sweet and smiled like she did! I thought I was looking at her through your pictures!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Your beast as you like to say is truly magnificent. Thanks for inviting us into the famiy relationships with such a great pet. Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER.

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      Demaw 5 years ago

      She is so pretty and is very photogenic.

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Loved learning more about Nettie and she's definitely beautiful and I'm sure she knows it:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to bless Nattie...the dog behind bossypants! She sure reminds me of my Frosty, the samoyed that was a delightful part of our family.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Finally get to bless this lens! I've been thinking about Nattie and rescue since I first read it. I have 5 rescues - all adorable. My 3-legged dog, Hops, is part Sammy and part Australian Cattle Dog. He's the sweetest of the sweet. Anyway, consider your lens blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I can see why your Nattie is such a star. She deserves our adoration. :-) What a lovely girl. So happy you were able to find another Sam to love on. Thanks for sharing your joyful girl with us.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Well, we love Lana here in our home. She's a member of the family just like your Nattie is. And I have to tell you, Nattie just looks like the biggest sweetheart. Aren't we both so lucky? :)

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures of your darling doggie. I too have a furry best friend, a white German Shepherd Dog named Pharaoh...KING OF ALL YOU SEE! He knows he is the king around here.

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      Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      OMG, Nattie is beautiful. Loved reading about her!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      So cute and cuddly!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      She is beautiful, I love all white animals!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      The black spaniel approves of dog lenses

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Gorgeous doggy and so well groomed!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Visiting again.....I just can't get over how cute Nattie is! She looks like the sweetest dog ever!

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Esme sent me over here to say hi! Oh Nattie you are one bee-you-tee-full doggie!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful dog! I don't have a pet, but this looks like one I'd like to have. :)

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful lens -- and so nice to learn more about Nattie. She is beautiful! I had a pair of Samoyeds come thru my rescue many years ago -- Natasha & Boris. They were such a pretty pair, and very sweet. They were adopted in record time!

      We have two giants now: Oscar and Nemo, and Powder, the cat.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Nattie is gorgeous! I have 2 favorite animal companions; Miss Twiggie and Bella Blue. Long live our companions!

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      Nattie is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing her with us :)

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Nattie is gorgeous.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Nattie seems like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing her with everyone :)

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Your dos is very quite and as white as snow white...

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Stopped by to visit Nattie (and you) again. I love the pics on this lens. Obvious you love (and are loved by) your dog

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I would love to meet Nattie (and the great lady "behind" her) someday. :) To answer your question, we have our rescue dog, Lana, who completes our empty nest family. What a great addition she has been! This is a super way to pay tribute to Nattie and share her awesomeness with the Squidoo world too! :)

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi She is so cute, beautiful all the best. I gave you 5 stars. Anna

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nattie looks so cute, her images are great; no wonder she is so popular on the net.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Your Nattie is gorgeous. I have 2 favorite animal companions..Jack and Joey. My life wouldn't be the same without them. This was beautifully written.

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      What a beautiful dog. Cherish those warm presses. We just lost our dog this winter.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      We had a similar dog a long time ago. Very energetic.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I lensrolled you, Nattie! Good dog.

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      mvlaughslots 6 years ago

      OMG I LOVE THIS LENS! So perfectly written and I loved everything I learned about your pup.

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      Nattie has joined my magic-carpet cat, Daffodil, in the land of squidoo lensrolling. :)

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Ok, now that I figured out what a lensroll is (!), I added this to all of my dog lenses. I have SO much to learn!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The avatar is cool and the name is super-cool. I love the name behind it which is your pet dog Nattie.

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      Your lens is looking fabulous Bossy! Keep up the good work.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for this delightful lens! learnt loads from your lens! keep them coming! cheers

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      We had a Samoyed once and she was a great dog. We now have a shepherd/sharpei. I liked the bit about the names. Our cat is PJ. We named him that after he devoured a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Great lens on your beautiful girl.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a lovely dog your Nattie is! It is so nice to meet you...Virginia listed you on an introduction lens of eHow writers now on Squidoo....Welcome!

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      ChaunyWrites 6 years ago

      awww what a wonderful beautiful dog!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Nattie is a beautiful dog, and I'm sure she is a wonderful pet. Many years ago I saw a wonderful Hallmark movie called "To dance with the white dog" and Nattie reminds me of her. Great photos.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nattie is sure a sweet honey that you have brought into your life. Our family had the pleasure of having a Samoyed in home some years ago and she was a delight, just as Nattie is. Thank you for your suggestions on my I Want a Dog lens, I will take them to heart. I may look in the direction of a older sweeter beast and sure would love another Samoyed.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      She is gorgeous! I had a couple of American Eskimos (as you know, people think they are miniature Samoyed.) I miss my little bossypants and am waiting to find out about getting another. Can't live without them.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      She's absolutely beautiful! Our dog, Bingley, would have to be my favourite animal companion. They have a way of getting ito your hearts!

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      what a pretty dog. thanks for sharing & it was nice of you to adopt her!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Nattie is the cleanest and most adorable dog I've ever seen and I can see she loves to pose for the camera. I love dogs, too, and I have two dogs at home that keep me happy. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I was reading this between Tweets and it entertained me so much I ignored my friends :) I really loved this story of your Samoid Nattie...and she is indeed a beauty. Blessed by an Angel....

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      She's a beauty - so glad to see Nattie's made it to Squidoo! What's next... YouTube? ;)

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      What a beauty....

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      kittycooks 6 years ago

      I love the picture on the playground merrygoround. Nattie makes me smile every time I see your avatar. She's a lucky dog and so well loved.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      The camera loves her. :)

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      Having seen Nattie for years online, I particularly enjoyed this lens. Would love to meet her, and YOU, in real-life one day. Such a beautiful little starlet!

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      rdgubaten lm 6 years ago

      Very nice and beautiful lens. Such a good entry for a tribute lens for a furry friend.

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      chris365 6 years ago

      Bossypants is so lucky to find you - they know when they are loved. We rescued a rescue Saluki after being without a dog for two years - they make great companions and just bring so much happiness and expense of course - Great photos too,

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      We have two cat kids who drive us nuts and who we love dearly. I really liked your lens. Nattie looks like a celebrity. No wonder she likes the camera so much.

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      mehulsey lm 6 years ago

      One of the funniest names I have ever heard a dog called, was "computer", and pug named "pickle".

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      Thank you for the introduction to Nattie! She looks truly wonderful. Though my husband has always wanted a Samoyed, we currently have a black lab (Lenin) and a cat (a Russian Blue named Pushkin). I cannot imagine my life without an animal companion. :)

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing Nattie's story. I finally know the story behind your avatar! ~ Blessed by a Squid angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I met "Bossypants" I mean Nattie last summer as Dolly was exchanged between us. Her fur coat was luscious and something that you just wanted to run your fingers through. The color white was so pure. This is a great lens to start your new adventure at Squido. You could not have picked a better avatar.

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      Alohagems 6 years ago

      Happy to know the dog behind bossypants. I have a three legged dog named Jake - a miniature poodle.... he has one one-eye. we love him.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bossypants: Love that you are mentioning See how I am too!? Shameless "son-promotion." She was a beautiful cover girl!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I LOVE this lens! I have a 3-legged Sammy mix, Hops. I recognize his smile in Nattie. Such sweet natured dogs. And Nattie is one of the prettiest - but, then again, I'll be she knows that. Beautiful lens.

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      A super-duper lens, Bossy! I used to doggie sit my friends samoyed, Lacey. She was named after a town near Seattle. My favorite animal pal is my magic-carpet cat, Daffodil. She flies around Squidoo frequently to guide and protect us all!

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      bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @Diane Cass: Thank you, Diane! The merry-go-round one was featured on the front page of for a while. (Love that site.) Nattie loves YOU, too!

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      Oh Bossy this is EXCELLENT!!! I just can't get enough of Nattie. I love her like she is my own. Thank you so much for sharing this and all the gorgeous photos of her. She is so photogenic, there is no way to get a bad shot of her. My favs are of her in the tulips and on the merry-go-round.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great start on Squidoo. I've always wondered about your dog that you used for your avatar on eHow and now I know. Well done!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Bossypants, I love this lens. Nattie is beautiful, as we all have known for sometime, plus I love the story of how you got her and how you named her. This is a great start for many lenses to come!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh how sweet it is! Nattie looks like a pleasure. My favorite animal companion is Scarlett O'Hairy, my long-haired (she sheds) white and orange cat. That's us in the pic!