Grandma Phyllis & Dolly:Two Great Blondes

When I was 10 years old, I was with my Grandma Phyllis when we drove by the dog shelter and I asked Grandma to stop so we could go in and see the dogs. There was one dog there that we both seemed to be drawn to, a white poodle named Dolly. Grandma wasn't really looking for a dog and I knew my parents weren't looking for an additional dog, so we left.  

Neither of us could get Dolly out of our minds.  We talked about her on the way home.  I asked Grandma what she thought would happen to Dolly.  She told me she hoped that Dolly would find a good home.  I asked her what would happen if she didn't find a home.  Grandma paused and then finally told me that they would have to put her down if no one wanted her. I began to cry, thinking about this fate for poor Dolly.  I couldn't stop thinking about her and worrying about her. 

Later that same day, Grandma asked if I wanted to go with her to visit Dolly again, so off we went again to see Dolly.  Once we got there and saw Dolly again, Grandma surprised me by telling me that she was going to have Dolly come live with her.

Grandma Phyllis with Dolly and me, 1997.

Grandma Phyllis with Dolly and me, 1997.

Dolly became Grandma's best friend.  She really loved Dolly. They were together for 14 years.  Grandma Phyllis never was the same after Dolly died.  She said it was harder when Dolly died than when Grandpa died. 

Grandma died about six months after Dolly, a little over 14 years ago.  I was thinking about the both of them today. Grandma lived in Las Vegas without Grandpa for the last six years of her life, but she always had Dolly right by her.  I remember spending an afternoon visiting with Grandma, bringing my video camera and interviewing her.  She was a dancer in her younger years and loved to dance for the camera. She had a great sense of humor and always made me laugh.  

Dogs have the power to help keep us alive and it is heartbreaking when they die. Here's to Grandma Phyllis and Dolly, two great Blondes in history!

Happy Birthday, Izzy!

Hello.

My name is Josh Margolis. I am the owner of Lone Star Leash Services.  After years of being the one who takes care of everyone's pets while they are at work or out of town, I have finally decided to turn my love for taking care of animals into an official business. 

Since this is my first blog entry, I'd thought I'd tell you a little bit about my first dog, Izzy.

Josh with Izzy.

Josh with Izzy.

Izzy was a wire hair fox terrier and I loved him very much.  Today is his birthday.  He would have been 33 years old today.  How we all wish our dog friends would live as long (and longer) as that!

I am an only child, so not only was Izzy my best friend, he was my brother.  He had a lot of patience and I think a sense of fun about him.  Growing up I always had my video camera documenting things and creating little shows.  Izzy would always be in my shows as different characters, sometimes even wearing the cleaning lady's wig in the video.

Izzy wearing the cleaning lady's wig.

Izzy wearing the cleaning lady's wig.

One of Izzy's best talents was his ability to answer the phone. One day when no one was home, a family friend called. When the phone was answered, she heard a lot of heaving breathing and snorting.

Later she told us she was sure that the dog had answered the phone.  We had never seen Izzy answer the phone, so we were sure she was mistaken.  Soon after, I answered the phone and someone had already picked it up.  I heard heavy breathing and snorting on the line.  I went downstairs to discover Izzy really had answered the phone.  

Call for you.

Call for you.

I've always wondered what made Izzy decide to start answering the phone that day.  After being part of the family for six years by that point, what was it about that day that he decided to start answering the phone?   He kept on answering the phone for rest of his life. 

Izzy's Birthday.

Izzy's Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Izzy!  I Love You.


Does your dog answer the phone?  Does he/she do something equally as interesting?  Let me know in the comments below.