The Schnauzers are settling in…

June 27, 2012 | My Jottings

The first few days at our new house, Edith and Mildred, our two Miniature German Schnauzers, acted like they were on amphetamines. They paced and panted and looked at us wild-eyed. They followed us from room to room. They acted like their new front yard was a dangerous place, hurrying to do their business and then bounding up the deck steps to get back in the house as fast as possible.

They caught on to things quickly, though. They know this house well now and act like they’ve always been here. They trot boldly into the master bedroom, leap up on the new king-sized bed and throw themselves down with heavy canine sighs for their mid-morning, mid-afternoon and mid-evening naps.

Millie is the dog we always say might have some developmental disabilities. She is opposite from Edith in so many ways, it’s an enigma to us. If you’ve never read about their differences, you can click here for enlightenment.

This morning as I was doing a few things in our bedroom, Millie opened her eyes and watched me. When Edith watches her humans, she just watches. When Millie watches, she seems as if she’s a little bipolar and is on the verge of a manic episode. Older Edith, in the background, knows how to fully rest, and has an adorable schnauzer snore. Millie is on alert. Her ears are up, her eyes are open very wide with the whites showing, and her front legs are a little stiff. The picture below actually makes her look calmer than she really seemed.

Someone in our family calls Millie “Dreadifer.” I think its an apt nickname.

Tomorrow, June 28th, Michael and I will celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. We will be staying home this year, not venturing out for a weekend away. I’m sure we’ll probably go out to dinner, and without even asking Michael where he’d like to go, my bet is he’ll choose here.  That man sure loves a good steak.

Well, I’m off to make tacos for dinner. There’s nothing like frying your own corn tortillas when it’s taco time.

What’s for dinner at your house?


  1. Kay in UK says:

    Oh Julie, your blog was very relevant to what I was thinking about yesterday/this morning. I’m trying to convince Alan that it would be good for us to have a little dog in our home. (Being an empty-nester, looking for a substitute baby and all that … !). Now normally, all things being equal, we would by choice choose a medium size dog, a Golden Retriever would be our ideal. However, in view of our physical limitations, we would need to have a dog that needed the smallest amount of exercise. And when I ‘googled’ these requirements, I came up with ten breeds that were suitable. The only one that Alan found remotely interesting was ….. a pug!!! So, of course, me being the sort of person who always jumps the gun, I’ve given ‘our new puppy’ her name already – Peggy. Peggy may always remain a ‘virtual’ dog, but it’s nice to dream, isn’t it? Also, when the weather is good, I might decide to take our virtual dog out for a walk. Even the local grocery store won’t object to a virtual dog, though I’d have to train her to walk off-lead or else I might get some funny looks dragging an empty collar and lead with me.
    (Even my own husband is laughing at me now!)
    We hope you have a lovely day tomorrow – just spend the day doing what you want to do, not what needs to be done!
    Love to you both .. xxoo

  2. Just Julie says:

    Your comment is the first thing I’ve read this morning after getting up and making breakfasts, Kay. It was a wonderful way to start the day, thinking about Peggy the Pug – would she be a slight bit pudgy and petulant? You made me laugh today, and thank you for your good wishes. Hello Alan! xxoo

  3. Patty says:

    Happy Anniversary! I hope that you and Michael have a wonderful celebration!

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you so much Patty! xo

  5. Ember says:

    That bed looks EXTREMELY comfortable!

    I hope you and Michael had a happy day on your anniversary. Maybe the house is still new enough that eating in is kind of eating out . . .

    That dog sure looks barmy – or I guess, in your case, Balmy.

    Blessings on your day!


  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Ember. This bed gives us both better sleep than we ever “dreamed” of. Every morning I wake up and think, “Thank you for this new bed!” xxoo

  7. Kay in UK says:

    Hello Julie and Michael

    Sorry, but I didn’t have enough time to get an anniversary card to you (and I know it’s a day late) but please follow this link:

    Hope it makes you both smile!

    Kay & Alan xxoo

  8. Just Julie says:

    That was hysterical Kay! We loved it. I used to watch the Flintstones when I was a little girl – a blast from the past. Thank you for the smiles today….

  9. Ganeida says:

    lol Thank you for updating me on the hounds. Animals may adjust quickly but meanwhile their meltdowns can be something else. My cats are sooo happy to have me home again each day they have been turning themselves inside out. It is a little wearing….

    PS Happy Anniversary, you 2 lovebirds. 😀

  10. Just Julie says:

    I’m smiling picturing your cats showing you all their love and devotion, Ganeida. 🙂 And thank you for the anniversary wishes. xxoo

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