Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Silent Partners

Hi everyone;
Welcome back to Mr. Joes World.

My bio on the blog states, I'm writing about the most important things in my life.

Two of the most important things in my life are also what I call my silent partners.

They are with me all the time, they keep me company, they entertain me and keep me in shape.

They are there for me through thick and thin.

Their affection and trust in me, is second to none.

What are they?

Who are they?
I'm sure you've guessed by now, it's Hobie the Cat and Daisy the Dog.

A typical pose by Hobie

Typical pose by Daisy.

Hobie came in to our lives Thanksgiving of 1998 or 1999...I'm not exactly sure at this point.

She was a stray that was missed by the SPCA when they rounded up her mother and siblings from an abandoned house, near the boys Maternal Grandmothers. Hobie was just a kitten when she followed the boys Uncle Joe and his dog Julie home, where he lived with the boys grandmother. We all went there for Thanksgiving and it was love all around at first sight and so with that, our family added a new member. I had the privelage of naming her and came up with "Hobie", which is the brandname of a catamaran sailboat I sailed up in New York.

All that was lost on you know who, but the name stuck and I can't see her being called anything else.

To say she has been a good pet is an understatement. Hobie is an indoor cat, but does go out with us in the patio or deck. She is very affectionate to people she knows, very shy to folks she doesn't know. When Nicole or Jasmine come over, or when anyone of us comes home, Hobie is right there to greet you.

Then one day, life threw a monkey wrench in to Hobies life, and for better or worse, she had herself a sister....

Dasiy answers a "roommate wanted" ad.

Ok, actually this was last April at the March for Animals around Druid Hill Park in Baltimore.

Hobie never would of placed an ad if there was any chance that a dog would answer it:-)

So...really how did we get Daisy.

Well in 2004, Christopher was really asking for a dog. Joan agreed, but believe it or not, I was the one against it.

Chris wanted either a Beagle or a Pug.

That year we went to Lake George for our family vacation and when we came back, the hunt for the right dog commenced. Not long afterwards, in fact it was in August of 2004, we came upon an ad for Beagle puppies, only $125.00, private breeder. We found out that Daisy and siblings were born on Marylands Eastern Shore, most dogs were used for hunting. But if they had extra puppies, they would sell them to us "City folk" on the Western Shore. The dogs didn't look in the best condition, but Daisy was the most attentive to us, you could tell that Chris was not about to leave without a puppy. Joan had insisted that we get a girl dog, so it looked like it was meant to be. So in August 2004, Daisy came home with us and Hobie hasn't stopped showing her who was in charge since.

Hobie enjoys the outdoors.

She can also be comfortable anywhere in the house.

Daisy has also been an outstanding pet: she is one of the most loving and calm animals you will ever meet. Always ready for a treat, walk or just to have her belly rubbed, she is very easy to please and maintain.

Daisy is the outdoors type too, especially at her favorite place, The Gunpowder Falls State Park.

But she can always get comfortable on the couch at home too.

Yep; they are quite the pair here at Camp Run-A-Muk.
Daisy is afraid of Hobie, yet fascinated by her.

Hobie is bugged by Daisy, yet....errm...tolerates her...barely.

But they do keep each other company and give all of us a good laugh on a daily basis.

And that's what life is all about here at Camp Run-A-Muk and in Mr. Joes World.

Take care., thanks for reading.