Schnauzer Schnoozer

January 3, 2012 | My Jottings

Our oldest pooch Edith will be ten years old soon, and even though she seems happy and chipper, she’s showing her age. She doesn’t like to go up the stairs anymore. She’ll do it, but she sometimes acts like her joints are stiff, and it’s becoming more of an effort. Millie, on the other hand, is still acting like she has gazelle blood in her.

The last time we took the dogs to the vet for vaccination boosters and checkups, serious Dr. Lee felt Millie’s back legs thoughtfully and asked me, “Does Mildred do a lot of running and leaping?”

Wondering how he knew this is exactly what she does in our big back yard I said, “Why, yes, yes she does.”

He pointed out the impressive definition in her Schnauzer quadriceps and commented with quiet admiration, “Mildred is quite a well-muscled dog.”

So you can imagine what we say about her when she comes and lays next to us on the couch at night. We palpate those notable quads and say in a deep Dr. Lee voice with mock seriousness, “Look at these legs. This is a well-muscled dog.”

Edith, not so much. Edith’s diet has not changed, but her body seems to be doing what many middle-aged women’s bodies do, and she’s developed a little belly pooch. The pooch has a pooch, I guess. And no one would ever marvel that Edith is a well-muscled dog. She trots and sniffs when she’s outside, and she still jumps at the television if she sees anything four legged appear on the screen, but leaping and gazelle are not words we would use in the same sentence with Edith.

So along with old age comes napping, or so I’ve been told. Edith is definitely into taking at least one nap per day, maybe four. Recently Michael and I were in our bedroom having our quiet time together and Edith wanted to be on his lap. As we read out loud and prayed for our family and many of you, Edith fell asleep. She was a Schnauzer Schnoozer. I had to get a picture.

See how she even matches our bedroom decor? And the sides of my blog? Does your dog match your bedroom decor or your blog? Does your husband wear t-shirts that match your animal? No?


I told you we needed prayer.

A long time ago a friend who loved her dog as much as I love mine said this, “I think God gives us our pets to increase our joy.” I’ve always remembered that, and I think it’s true. All these little goofy tidbits about Edith and Millie make me smile and revel in simple things.

I’ll try to think of something nondoggish to write soon.

Have a blessed Tuesday!


  1. Ganeida says:

    Why would you want to write something non~doggish? I enjoy your Schnauzer tails ~ erh, tales…. 😀 THey are family & personalities & I do enjoy a good personality ~ especially if it belongs in the family! lol

  2. Just Julie says:

    I’m so glad to know someone isn’t tired of our canine family members, Ganeida! Thank you….hope you’re feeling better today.

  3. Roberta says:

    Whatever my mood, seeing a dog or cat anywhere, on the street or even in a TV commercial, brings a smile, and a feeling of well-being to me. I think it is so wonderful that God created animal companions for us, with whom to share our love.
    As I regularly tell my tabby, Frank, “You are very precious to your Mom” (me!).
    Cheers for Edith and Mildred, and the happiness they give you an Michael. And bless them.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Roberta, when I wrote this post, I knew there would be two people who would not roll their eyes at yet another Schnauzer offering – you and Ganeida. She loves her cats, and you love your Frank. Thank you for understanding! God bless your week and God bless Frank too. : )

  5. Ganeida says:

    Doing better, thanks, Julie. Hope to post later today. For now I am going to have a *cat nap*. Probably with Marlow who will cry if he doesn’t get to come along. 🙂

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  7. Shari says:

    Edith looks so sweet, Julie! She’s about the same size as Pilgrim, who was our family dog, before we got Hank.
    I love reading anything you write 🙂 And your animal posts are great! I think one of these days, I might do a post about Pilgrim…and our chickens 🙂

  8. Just Julie says:

    I think you should! And chickens! I’d love to read more about that Shari….

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