is Cherri! A little bit of history on Cherri (pronounced 'cherry'
like the fruit): She was given to me when she was three when her very
loving-family could no longer care for her. She has become the apple of my
eye and is part of my little family. I love her and always will. She was
named before I got her, and came with a plethora of her personal
belongings, including a bed, six months worth of dog food, toys, treats,
leashes, a Pedi-paw, and coats/jackets. She was extremely loved in her
previous family and is equally loved now that she is apart of my family.
It took me almost a week to convince Cherri that she was allowed up on the
furniture and in my bed to come sleep with me because she wasn't allowed
on the furniture in her old home, but now--she never leaves my side. She
follows me around my home, and covers my photography clients in kisses and
adoration whenever we do in-home shoots (after barking her little head off
to warn me that people are here, of course).
Cherri's birthday is February the 13th and as of this year, she is now
five. When I first got her, my friends affectionately nicknamed her 'rat
dog' simply because she was so tiny and I had given her an atrocious hair
cut that made her look even smaller and showed her long tail off. I was
immediately proud to have her as apart of my family and shortly after her
nicknames became "cherie" (French) and "Cher-bear", along with "fuzz-face"
and "monkey". She's an Affenpinscher breed, and was well-known in Europe
as a ratter and is known as the 'monkey-face' breed. According to our
local (and not-so-local) PetSmart, the affenpinscher is extremely rare in
Canada as well as the States. I'm proud to have her as a member of my
family and wanted to share this little piece of my family with you.
She loves to roll around on the carpet in the living room, then pounce on
her mom to give her a shock. She loves long walks, playing "Ready, Set,
Go!" or "Un, deux, trois!" Where she waits until you say 'GO!' and then
runs around like a total spazz before coming back for the next round. She
likes to play tag, and loves long naps under the blankets with her mom. (I
always let her curl up under the covers with me, no matter what!) She is
the first dog I've ever had the pleasure of welcoming into my family and
is spoiled absolutely rotten! She's well-trained and quickly learned the
'snap program', where I don't even have to say a thing. I can snap my
fingers and she'll come, or I can snap my fingers and point and she'll go
where she's told. She loves Dentastix, the blow-dryer and sticking her
head out the window when we drive, but loathes baths and even hates going
out for walks when it's raining. :)
She loves posing for her photographer mom, and has a great personality
that shows in her photos! She's an amazing dog,
From a super-proud mom,