Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

It's Just Harry Day (Somewhere)!!!

Then ..... and Now

Hello Dear Friends,

Well, today's the day!! Today's the day two years ago that Mom and Dogdad drove with Jake to Orlando to meet me and bring me home to Plantation. Did they know at the time that I was a silly goofball? I don't think so, but they sure found out fast. But the sillier I was, the more they loved me. "Silly" became a term of endearment, kind of like this poem about Winnie the Pooh:

Deep in the hundred acre wood,
Where Christopher Robin plays,
You'll find the enchanted neighborhood,
Of Christopher's childhood days.
A donkey named Eeyore is his friend,
And Kanga, and little Roo.
There's Rabbit, and Piglet, and there's Owl,
But most of all Winnie-the-Pooh.
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.
He's Winnie-the-Pooh.

Winnie-the-Pooh.Willy, nilly, silly, old bear.

So, when did they realize what a willy, nilly, silly wire fox terrier I am?

Was it when I got up the first morning after I had slept upstairs and ran downstairs to pee all over the couch?

Was it when Dogdad wanted to take me out in the rain under an umbrella, and my legs went limp and I moved as far away from him as I could so he had to leave the umbrella at home for me to go out?

Was it when they discovered how petrified I am of fireworks and thunder -- and had to carry me home one evening, when fireworks went off unexpectedly, because I couldn't walk?

Was it when they realized my muzzle trembles whenever I'm expecting a treat, or when I'm about to do my business outside, or when I see something that is "different"?

Was it when they saw me "go to ground" under the coffee table if anything upset me?

Was it when I figured out how to make Jakey crazy by sneaking back around the bed and catching him unawares while he was waiting for me to come out from under the bed?

Was it when I decided that, while I always had breakfast and dinner in my crate, I liked his crate to take a snooze in before or after dinner?

Was it when they took me to the dog park and I found the only mud puddle and rolled around in it while Jake retained his pristine white paws?

Was it when they saw me snapping at dust specks in sunbeams?

Was it when they heard this great vacuum-sucking sound coming from the front door -- only to discover that it was I, the super sniffer, taking a verrry long sniff to see what was outside?

Was it when I kept waking them in the middle of the night with long whimpers, from a bad dream, or a sad memory, we don't know?

And now,

Is it when Dogdad beckons me to jump into his lap, but I invariably jump into Mom's lap instead.

Is it when I continue to kiss Jakey's face, sniff his butt, and play bow/growl to entice him to play, even in the face of continual rejection?

Is it when I wait patiently by the door while Jake goes out first until Mom -- or Dogdad -- comes back to take me.

Is it 'cause I was so heroic about my Elizabethan collar -- didn't let the bonking get to me, and let them put it back on after every walk, even though it was reallllly annoying.

Or -- and I think this is the case -- is it when I stand on my hind legs and put my paws on the edge of the bed, before we all go to sleep, to get my good night scritches and tell Mom and Dogdad how much I love them. Or when I come over to see if Mom's awake on a weekend morning? Or when I come see how she's doing in the afternoon, when she's been working hard, and lick her face.

So what do you all think? Am I a silly goofball? Or just a very happy wire fox terrier with a wee bit of nervous baggage?

To help celebrate, Asta sent me this sweet Happy Adoption Day Card, with all my favorite foods. And I'm writing this before the clock strikes my day here in Plantation -- although it's already struck where lots of my friends are -- in Singapore and Australia --, so I don't know yet what's in store for the rest of the day. But I'm sending lots and lots of love and happy woofs to all my friends, four paws, two legs, old and new.

Just Harry (or, to borrow from my new friend HHHHarry, happy, hairy, Harry!!)

Oops: I think I have some messages:

Happy Just Harry Day, JH!! You are a goofball, but we love both of our little ones equally, and enjoy your differences. You are definitely your own dog, and that makes you "you". Keep up the good work... All the best, Dogdad.

That's true, Just Harry!! We respect that you are your own dog and, as the poem goes, march to your own drummer!!! We're so glad we found you and hope you enjoy living here with us and Jake and that your willy, nilly, silly doggie heart is full of joy and love every single day. Happy Just Harry Day!! Mom

OK, Brother Dog, just between us, I really do enjoy having you around. You bring out my best barking self; you take the pressure off; and, actually, you make me look good in front of Mom and Dogdad. So Happy Just Harry Day!! Just remember who taught you how to get food and treats out of our folks, and who taught you about peanut butter, popcorn, and all the other goodies we share!!! And lets you smell the best smells with him!! Jake

Happy Adoption Day, JH!Two years, two ears and fewer and fewer fears.That's the way to do it! PK, Gimlet, Sammy and Joe the Cat


Agatha and Archie said...

Oh Harry!!! What a lovely tribute!!! Happy Barkday!! We love you to pieces!!!( don't worry Jake we love you to pieces also!!) Love and kisses A+A

Gus said...

Harry: Go to my blog to see your tribute song. We are glad you have your family, and appreciate the fact that you share them with us so willingly.

Hope you score a pupcake or two along the way!


Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

Just seen Gus's song, it's pawsome. Hope you have a fantabulous day, Harry. You deserve it! J x

PS Hope Jake doesn't feel left out. I'm sending him a wirey hug.

Simba and Jazzi said...

If you roll in the mud you can pretend to be a little black rain cloud and get honey. You are very loved and rightly so.

Simba xx

Headgirl said...

Happy 'Just Harry Day', Harry!

That was such a lovely post. It brought a tear to my eye...
Hope you get lots of treats. Know you're going to get lots of love.

I've something for you on my blog.Do come see!
And more foxes too...

Pats & pets to you, not forgetting Jake.

Molly the Airedale said...

Happy adoption day Harry! Mitch does that same vaccuum-sucking noise at doors too! You're just protecting the family, right! Hope treats and pressies are coming your way today!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh Harry,We just saw Gussie's song...You are one loved pup!!!! Love A+A

Chilli the Dog said...

Hiya Harry!!

I think you're the most silly goofball ever. But I like it! You must be someone fun to have around!

Just dropping by to wish you a HAPPY ADOPTION DAY!!! I'll be celebwating mine too! Come pop by and have a look.

Wet licks


Katherine and Pippa said...

Very Happy Adoption Day.

So pleased you have found your furever family.

Hope you have had brill celebrations - and that Jake hasn't bee grumpy, 'cos we don't think he is really grumpy at all.

Ruffs Pippa

Asta said...

Harry hewe I am! I'm toasting you as we speak!! You must be a total joy to have awound..and what a lovely family you have! Lucky lucky Hawwy!!!
Mommi says silliness is one of the nicest qualities us wiwewy kids have...I love you and Jake and I'm so glad we'we fwiends!
I hope you have the best day evew!!!
I'll come by latew again to see how you awe...keep all y ouw wondewful qualities, you sweet baby boy
smoochie kisses

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Harry!"

love and biscuits,
-- Sunny Jim Santiago

wally said...

Hey! Happy Burpday! That's a great tribute and you did an excellent job rescuing your peeps and Jake! I hope you have a great one! Eat loads of snacks and enjoy your day!



Happy Adoption Day Just Harry. Even though you have it, we wish you a double dose of the collie blessing on this day -- "May your tail wag, your belly be full, and may you have a forever family to rub your tummy and scratch behind your ears."

Balboa said...

Happy Adoption Day, I am sooooo happy that you found the perfect and loving forever family who can appreciate your silliness.

Frenchie Snorts

Asta said...

Hi Just Hawwy It's me again,Asta, I just came to see how the west of youw day went..I hope you had oodles of silly fun with youw bwudder Jake!
sweet dweams
smoochie kisses

Linda said...

Happy Just Harry Day!!!!! Such a lovely poem & post. We can tell you are so loved by your family & we love you too!!! Don't worry about being afraid of thunder & fireworks, I Butchy get stressed about thunder & lightning, but my family still loves me. They even knew I was afraid of these things before they adopted me. Hope you had a terrific day & got to eat some extra treats!!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

fee said...

happy adoption day, harry! i'm glad to read that you're a mud dog like me – we hunt down the only mud puddle in the park and roll in it while everyone else goes home clean! and everything you do make you all the more special!

muak muak!


Anonymous said...

Hey guys! Nice to meet you! Harry - Happy Adoption Day!!!! Sounds like you have a great family!

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase Melanie Wilkes, the happiest days in a home are when dogs arrive.
Glad you've arrived, JH.
If you were HJ, you would be Howard Johnson's.

Stanley said...


Your peeps and Jake are so lucky you adopted them! There's no other like ya, man!

Happy Just Harry Day, buddy (even if it's a little belated, I'm still gonna celebrate you)!

Goober love & Just Harry Day Hugs,

Life with Ozzy said...

Hey guys!
Happy belated Adoption day! Sounds like you had a great one! Mom said the title of this post reminded her of a country song called it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Instead for you it's Just Harry Day somewhere!!
Take care!

Koobuss said...

That was very touching!

Congrautlations Just Harry on two wonderful years. You sound like a great guy and lots of fun! You are loved indeed.

Koobuss Kisses,