Christmas is only a few days away, and it is currently 54 degrees Fahrenheit outside. 2011 has been an amazing year, and I'm so thankful for all the people and their pets that I've gotten to know. If 2012 continues in the same direction, I'm a happy camper. :) Today I'd like to share one of the sessions that I did this fall. Bella and Troy were featured in my holiday promotion at Petagogy, so they may look familiar. I asked my friend Abbie to tell me about how Bella and Troy became part of their family. My husband K.C. adopted our first Boston terrier, Troy, in the fall of 2005. Troy is a pure bred Boston and has a beautiful brindle coat but was the runt of the litter and deemed not ‘show quality’, particularly for his ears. Troy’s different colored ears would apparently always lose him points in a show. We personally find the ears one of his more adorable qualities! Luckily, Troy wasn’t adopted for show, but for the family he certainly delivered. He was named Troy because K.C. thought he looked like a little Trojan horse for his big chest, small waist and the way he stands almost at attention. Troy got used to traveling in the car from his frequent trips with K.C. to my apartment when we were dating, and to this day he loves the chance to take a ride. Troy has always been a very obedient and well behaved dog although he has had his share of puppy moments. There was the day we came back to my apartment to 6 of my shoes that he lovingly gnawed on. Troy loves to play so we thought he would like a brother or sister and since he was originally only K.C.’s dog, I decided I wanted one “on my team” as I put it. So in the fall of 2007 we adopted Bella.
Bella was a much smaller dog than Troy, and although she is estimated to be a year or so older than him she weighs in at 9 pounds (very small for the standard Boston). She was a rescue from a puppy mill and was living with the same breeder who bred Troy as part of the local Boston terrier rescue. We met her only once where Bella begged for K.C. to hold her and we were both smitten. We took her home a week later to join our family. Troy has always been easy to train and ready to please (a great trait of Bostons) but Bella was a much bigger challenge.
We spent the first 6 months or so working through her fears. It was several months before we even knew that Bella’s ears would perk up or that she could even bark! I had to record her yapping (albeit weakly and some sort of grumble) at our cat before K.C. would believe she even could bark! We also spent many, many evenings of cleaning out a soiled crate after she was in there for a day. She had spent so much time in a crate as a puppy that she never learned potty training. There were definitely days where I thought, I can’t give another doggy bath or hose anything else off in the driveway. But she finally started to catch on. I think having Troy around as an example helped her learn the basics and she is stubborn, but eventually she learned to listen and love us. She quickly took over as the ‘big’ dog between the 2 of them and she runs the show even if Troy is more than double her size. She will boss any big dog around as a matter of fact, which makes her a hit at the dog park.
Today Troy and Bella enjoy naps, a lot. They have bursts of energy and love to play and wrestle, but 80% of their time is spent being lazy and napping. We usually have to turn the TV up or some white noise though because Bella’s smashed face makes for some very loud snoring. They love going for rides in the car and snacks of carrots (anything else is asking for a gas disaster). We are so thankful to have two loyal and loving dogs and couldn’t imagine our family without them!
Thanks Jenny for capturing their personalities so beautifully!
// Abbie, K.C., Bella, and Troy