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My girl Brittany

Updated on November 5, 2012

I think it's time you meet my girl, my girl Brittany that is. When she entered my world, Brittany was only four weeks old. We'll all agree it is way too young for a puppy to be separated from her mother. Guess what ? It beat the alterrnative !

Because she was deprived so early of her mother's love and attention, she bonded with me immediately, or should I say I bonded with her. Either way, we became the best of friends.

She was given to me as a Christmas present by a close friend. One day, my friend arrived at my place carrying a small cage and I thought she had brought along her own dog, a tiny Yorkshire terrier. Not so ! Out of the cage came a dark tiny ball of fur with no name yet. Needless to say, I was in shock. But I had earlier expressed the desire to have another dog someday, and with great consideration, my friend had picked up on it.

Very early on, I decided that wherever I would go, so would my dog everytime it would be possible. Being self employed, she could be with me all the time, and she was laying in the Florida sun, right in front of my workshop, something she always loved to do. She was free to roam around within the perimeter I had defined for her, and only once or twice did she run away. Seven years ago, I acquired a small, unpretentious "pied a terre" in Western Europe. Naturally, Brittany was part of the trip and I made sure I got her wings from the flight attendant. Getting there was a nightmare. We were rerouted from Detroit to Amsterdam instead of Paris, and in the end, with the layovers, it took almost 16 hours to get there. I'll remember all my life the moment of relief I experienced when I saw the cage coming up on the luggage carousel, with something moving inside. My son and the dog bonded immediately. and when the time came to come back home, he offered to keep her until I returned. Saying goodbye was hard, but I knew she was in good hands. A few months later, I returned and we got reunited and spent several months in the country together again, and ever since, this has become a yearly routine.

A dog is the best companion I can imagine, this side of a good woman if only I could meet one. A dog's love and loyalty are out of this world. They are alwas happy to see you. Trained properly, they're really not much of a bother. They like to be involved in human activities. And I firmly believe they do have a wonderful sense of humor. And boy, do they like to play. Tennis balls should be renamed dog's balls

So here's my girl, my girl Brittany. I'll see her again this Cristmas and I can't wait to shake her paw and give her a big hug. What can I say, I just love the fuzzy ball...

Is this my best side ?
Is this my best side ? | Source
Hi, my name is Brittany, would you like to share a piece of my bone ?
Hi, my name is Brittany, would you like to share a piece of my bone ? | Source
I'm thinking about it, OK ?
I'm thinking about it, OK ? | Source
Goodnight Sweetheart, it's time to go !
Goodnight Sweetheart, it's time to go ! | Source
It's a tough life in the country !
It's a tough life in the country ! | Source
Paws off ! That's my stuff. Can you tell I was born in America ?
Paws off ! That's my stuff. Can you tell I was born in America ? | Source


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    • austinhealy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      7 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      Hi weestro, how could you possibly guess she is a spoiled dog ? I read your dog story too and had a blast. Thank you for stopping by

    • austinhealy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      7 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      ZofiaLotus, she is a big girl, about 65 pounds I believe,and yes I could carry her in one hand when I got her. Now it takes two of us to load her in the car to go to the vet who is NOT her best friend ! Thank you for commenting

    • austinhealy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      7 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      bdegiulio, thank you for your comment and for being a dog lover too, I am currently having computer problems and couldn't load all the pictures I wanted, but i will add some more in the future.

    • austinhealy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      7 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      fpherj48, you are so right, she is the sweetest thing, and so smart too. Your dad was absolutely right. Thank you for commenting and for liking the big girl.

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      How sweet. She is adorable....has love and gentleness written all over that cute face..........I can relate and from one dog lover to another. Bless you for being such a great parent!!

      My Dad always said, "Never trust a man who would kick a dog.!!" How true is that??!!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Brittany is beautiful. They certainly are man's best friend.

      Love her photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      7 years ago from Oregon

      lovely dog. She looks huge! hard to imagine she started out the size of a yorkshire puppy!

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      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Enjoyed this, nothing like a spoiled dog! Voted up awesome!

    • austinhealy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      7 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      Thank you, Movie Master. Yes, she is a great dog, the best I ever had and we're going to get reunited for the Holidays. I'll spend some time in the UK too, in Bristol and the Forest of Dean visiting friends and I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks for becoming a follower.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Brittany is beautiful! thank you for sharing this lovely story, voted up!


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