... A wonderful addition to our lives.
She is tri-colored with floppy ears and bright searching eyes. Her papers say that she is a mix of beagle and chihuahua, but people passing by admiring her twelve pounds of exuberance think maybe she has jack russel in her background. Some people are sure she is a small whippet or miniature greyhound mix.
Her birth history is unsure except that we know she came from an abusive owner in Puerto Rico. She was taken from this stick-beating human being and brought to a safe animal shelter to be treated with kindness and love. She was spayed and given shots and flown to Salem Mass. to be put up for adoption.
We saw her in the kennel with the other dogs that had arrived the previous evening. She appeared thin but happy. We walked her on a leash, spoke to her and felt a warmth and energy from her so we agreed to take her home.
Her given name was Li Li but we wanted something more Spanish based on her first year of life in Puerto Rico.
I don't remember much of my high school Spanish but both my friend and I know the phrase "Mi Casa Su Casa" (My home is your home) so we decided to name her Casa. She now has a home and she has added greatly to our home.
She plays in the yard chasing squirrels and watches the birds at the feeders. She sleeps with either one of us and travels well in the car.
This trip has brought us from Melrose, Mass. to Leesburg Florida. We had stops at two motels and a family member's home in Tampa Florida.
In Tampa we let her run loose as she met four friends and they played and raced along the canal jumping at bugs and falling leaves.
During our stay in Leesburg she has been running around the lawn and swam in the lake to get closer to the ducks. It seems to amaze her at their ability to take flight when she gets close. She sits and listens to the sounds of new birds. Birds that she does not hear in Melrose; and she watches in awe at the beautiful blue heron on the shore. Now she is sniffing the grass for small insects and foreign invaders and she seems to be smiling.
In a few days we leave for Fort Myers and Casa is on the road with us again. One ear flopping forward, sharp eyes watching big trucks go by or just napping on one of our laps.
Until we return to Melrose where ever we travel...
Mi Casa Su Casa.
February 7, 2003