Louis, Louie?!?

My biggest issue this Christmas is which spelling of Louis I should use. I went to the Saving Grace Animal Rescue the other day and met many dogs, but it was the dog they identified as “Denver” who came over and stayed with me. They told me he was like that with everyone, but he has these beautiful topaz eyes and a soulful gaze that make him seem very wise, and I just fell in love.  He’s good with kids and dogs and that was important to me. The best part, he’s a thoroughbred mutt! He has wiry hair and a fu manchu mustache like a terrier, but he has hound ears and and a sweet hound face. He looks older than 3 because he has white in his muzzle, but the best estimate of his age is 3. He is slowly getting used to being here at Shoeful of Drool.

Topaz eyes

Topaz eyes

I didn’t particularly like the name “Denver” although he bears a slight resemblance to Denver Pyle. People at Saving Grace don’t call the dogs by any name, they just use it for ID purposes, so the new family can name the dog anything they want. He’s so thin, I thought of calling him “Ribsy” after Henry Huggins’ dog in the Beverly Cleary books I loved as a child, but that didn’t seem right either. Denny, Danny? I even considered “Topaz” for about 5 seconds, but that didn’t work, either. Nothing seemed right. I decided to sleep on it.


Ribsy! Does it look like jail?

In an email, I paraphrased the classic line from Casablanca, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” so I started thinking he might be a Louis (pronounced “Louie”) or even a Bogey. I settled on “Louis” because it’s fun name to say, but I’m afraid if I spell it properly, people will think his name is pronounced “Lewis.” So, I’ll probably go with “Louie.”

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!

I’m sure Louie and I will have some great adventures. He has ears just as soft as Zoe’s, I even considered naming him Mr. VelvetEars, and I’ve already called him that several times, along with “Lulu.” He thumps his tail just as Dudley did when I speak to him. How I have missed that sound the past couple of years! I think Dudley and Zoe both would agree I got lucky when Louie picked me at Saving Grace. The fence was finished yesterday, so Louie is doing his part in making the backyard squirrels miserable.

Snoozy time

Snoozy time

I will be be giving the website a new look in the next few weeks. My main computer is on the fritz, so I’m using my Chromebook and learning way more than I ever wanted to know about Google Plus. I came very close to adopting Joey, the miniature Australian Shepherd, but he bites and I don’t want a dog who bites. He has a fantastic foster mom who will continue to care for him until he can find a home. So, Louie and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“God Bless us, everyone.” ~ Tiny Tim (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol)

About Shoeful of Drool

I lived with a golden retriever/German shepherd mix named Dudley. Dudley was a rescue from Hurricane Floyd and he lived with me from October 1999 until he passed away in December 2012. In January 2001, Zoe a black & tan hound mix came to live with us until she died in June 2011. I truly believe having dogs has made me a better person. Every single day these dogs still give me something to laugh about and I hope by sharing these stories you can laugh, too.
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7 Responses to Louis, Louie?!?

  1. Nancy Dill says:

    Louie is just beautiful! Merry Christmas to you both. I can’t wait to meet him. You’ve hit the jackpot! 🙂

  2. Yaaay! Can’t wait for this cute boy to met Miss Lillie!

    • Thanks Nantz, you will love him. He really does remind me of Zoe, well maybe Zoe on tranquailizers, but he is incredibly sweet.

      • Sorry Kel, I posted my reply to Nancy under your comment, but yes, he needs to meet Lillie! Right now, he’s afraid to get in the car. Yesterday, I just sat in the backseat and gave him treats. He’s got to get past that by Friday when he goes to the vet.

  3. I LOVE Louie! He is just perfect. My human daddy loves a scruffy face, and my mommy is a sucker for a hound dog. And . . . he has the nicest fence! Those squirrels better be on high alert. 🙂

    • Everyone loves Louie! He really is about as close to perfect as I could expect. He’s afraid of the car which I really want him to get past so we can go to cool places where dogs can hang out. I will be posting another blog this weekend, I’ve had the crud since the day after Christmas and haven’t felt like doing much of anything! I hope you had a Happy New Year!

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