01 February 2014

Just a Girl and her Dog

Remember a few days ago when I posted about the Cancer Card and Pity Purchases? Well let me tell you where that really got started.
We are dog people. When I moved out of my parents house to go to college I really wanted to get a dog of my own, but it just wasn't practical. I was in school and working plus doing ROTC so I just didn't have the time to properly care for a pet.

Then cancer happened. I had to withdraw from school and move home. Silver linings people! What better time to get a dog, right? ;) Of course my parents weren't going to say no {see this was a Cancer Card/Pity Purchase combo.}

I did my research and had every thing lined up to pick out a pup just a few weeks after I finished the induction phase of my treatment. The puppies made my choice so surprisingly easy; one particular young lady curled up in my lap and only left to greet my family members--but then came right back!

She came home with me that day...

Her name is Schatzi.

She also goes by the names "Schitzi" {used for those "special" puppy moments} and Schatzi Ann.

When she was small we went everywhere together!

I took her to Wal-Mart like this...

She took care of me when treatment made me feel crappy.

And she got me up and moving when I needed to most.
Puppies don't care if you have cancer...they will shit in the house if you don't get up and walk them. FACT!

We learned and grew as a team.

She approved of Kyle and even helped us "break in" a new addition; our little dog LT.

"The Girls" then let us get married :)

Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

A couple of moves and many long road trips later...

Schatzi is now helping us raise our daughter.

I could literally have an entire blog filled with stories about BOTH of my wonderful dogs, but I thought it was important to share the story of my Schatzi and why she is so extra special. We have been through a lot together! She turns five this year and I could not be more excited to watch her develop a relationship with Mallory. 

When we were discussing names for our baby girl I suggested only half jokingly that we give our daughter Schatzi's middle name, Ann. Kyle's response to me was; "she should be so lucky. That's quite an honor." 

He is exactly right.

I hope your weekend is off to a great start! 

Do you have an extra special pet? I'd love to hear about your best friend.


  1. So sweet! Schatzi was so cute as a puppy - and she's beautiful now ;) Dogs are incredible. When you've had a rough day, it's always nice knowing that you are going home to a dog(s) who is going to love you as soon as you walk through the door. I can't tell you how much my babies have helped me throughout the years!

    1. Thank you! Exactly, dogs love you no matter what! They are good examples of what loyalty and unconditional love should look like.

  2. Awww Amanda!! This is so sweet!! I dunno if it was the music Logan was listening to while I was reading this or what but I immediately started crying!! I love this! I think it is so sweet and thanks for sharing it with us!!

    1. :) I don't know what I would do without her.

  3. I absolutely love this post! Thanks so much for sharing! Your puppies are beautiful and so is your baby too! I currently have 2 furbabies too and plan on getting pregnant next year :) I found your blog on Sunday Social and I'm so glad I did :)


    1. Hi Diana! Thanks for stopping by :) I'm going to hunt for pictures of your puppies now.

  4. I absolutely LOVE this. I found you through Mal Smiles blog, and was going through your posts and this one is probably my favorite. My dog is a Newfoundland mixed black lab... and his name is Baloo (like the jungle book bear).. And he and I have a very special bond. I rescued him when he was only 4 months old 25lbs under weight and dirty as mud. I love and spoil him and he loves my boyfriend which is HUGE, Baloo normally doesn't like men but took to Anthony right away and now calls him his adoptive dog. He cuddles me when I am sick and doesn't let anyone else around me if I am and always gives me a "hug" when I get home from work and a kiss on the cheek.

    1. Renee, Thank you for sharing your story of Baloo :) They are the best friends we could ever hope for. I'm happy you've found that in your pup. If you're anything like me, Anthony wouldn't still be in the picture had Baloo not approved... ;)

  5. Hi Amanda, I love your blog and was wondering if you might be interested in blogging for the MD Anderson blog, Cancerwise. (www.cancerwise.org). If so, please send me an email at kbramlet@mdanderson.org. Hope to hear from you soon!
    Kellie Bramlet
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Communications specialist

  6. We got Gracie about 6 months before Tom enlisted. She was my rock during his basic training and first deployment. While we now have two dogs, and I love them both so much. Gracie will always be my first baby and hold a special place in my heart for getting me through so many nights that first time around. Dog's are the best!


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