BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday is for Family

I was an only child until my 10 birthday when my parents bought my sister, Brunie.  Brunie was a miniature, red Dachshund and my best friend from the first time I laid eyes on her.

My father was in the Marine Corps for 20 years, which meant many new schools for me. Being the new girl at school was no fun and then coming home to no siblings only made the situation worse.

When Brunie entered my life, I wasn't alone anymore. She spent countless hours riding in the backseat with me when Daddy 
 received transfer orders to a new post.
Our longest transfer was from Albany, GA to Philadelphia, PA.
She was always there during the awkward period of making new friends and settling into new routines. Brunie was also a great way to make new friends, because everyone wanted to meet my sweet Doxie!

I felt guilty when I graduated from high school and left home for college, leaving Brunie behind. She had always been there for me and now I was deserting her.
Little did I know that she would easily turn her love and affection over to my mother, which not only thrilled Mother, but also helped Mother cope with the empty nest syndrome.

Brunie lived to the ripe old age of 15. At the time of her death she had no teeth, was blind, deaf and her face was completely white,
but she continued to be a faithful companion until the very end.
She was a wonderful sister.

Happy Trails,


JackDaddy said...

I was wondering there why your parents had to buy you a sister! :)

Reading is fundamental :)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom says her furst dog was a blakhk/brown Brunie named Frankie!

Happy Sunday!


kks said...

she is a cutie!! such a wonderful memory from your childhood....have a wonderful sunday....rainy here..(maybe i can get some inside things done)

Kathy said...

Doxies are definitely loyal and true! What a sweet story of your sister Brunie!
Growing up in LA, our neighbors had a doxie on either side of our home! They were like the kids on the block!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great pics of Brunie! And the other family members,too! She was the best sister...no arguing! SH

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

I have a similar story, only my "brother" was a red Cocker Spaniel named Misty. Dad got him for me when we moved to the farm and he lived to the ripe old age of 12 and was blind and white faced. I loved him so. Thank you for conjuring up that wonderful memory.


Anonymous said...

The love shared between a child and her dog...brings back memories of my first pet, a Siamese cat named Sandy. After him, many pets followed including three rabbits, a parakeet, quite a few dogs, a guinea pig. What did I want for my graduation present? A bassett hound! It's just part of my DNA to have a little friend...


Gloria said...

Great story Kit! Sweet pup!

Frankie Furter said...

What a grrreat story. Brunie lived a LONG life for a dachshund. Wonderful memories.

Madi and Mom said...

Oh do I know the love of a mini Doxie...that is what Toto was. He was the sweetest natured dog except for his love of Barbies...
Ms. K that is a beautiful picture of your family and Brunie!!!
Happy Sunday,
Madi and Mom

Remington said...

Great story! Always fun to remember our very first puppy! Thanks for sharing!

Ina in Alaska said...

Brunie was very loved! Lucky little Doxie to have lived with you and your family. Any dog with you is a lucky dog! Sweet Sunday memory...xoxo

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a nice story!!! I had lots of kitties and a few dogs and hamsters and birds as my siblings. I used to drive my mother nuts with "lets go to the pet store PLEASE"!!! Apparently it stayed with me too. I love your first new sister..beautiful!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story of a wonderful furry friend. Animal companions are so good to have and so beneficial!


Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww dear friends....
What a great story.....thanks for sharing it with us!!!!!
We love love love your sunday for family!!!!!!!!!!

We missed you tons Kit and family....
We hope PAco is doing better soon so our secretary could help us keeping in touch with all our friends all over the world!!!!!!

Pleaseeeeeeeeeee....don't forgive us!!!!

Have a great sunday!!!!!
Tons of love and kisses

the booker man said...

what a sweet story!! your cute brunie was a wonderful sister and a faithful companion. you have such a big smile on your face as you hold her in the family picture. :)
my dad was air force and we moved a lot, too. my mom and dad let me pick out a dog from the humane society when i was 9. she was a black cockapoo terrier mix named whitney. we played dress up and went on walks all the time. we had to put her to sleep when she was 17 due to her health. she was such a wonderful friend and will always hold a piece of my heart.
yes, we got some thunderstorms yesteday evening and all through the night. booker and asa just slept right through them. i hope poor zack did alright? did you try the melatonin?

the booker man's mama

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Kit and the pups,
How did Buddy do in the storm?? Was I helpful yesterday??
Love the memories pictures!!! My first dog was Tippy. Thats why I think I'm part dog!!!!! Tippy was my sister!! In just 2 and a half years they gave her away, it broke my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To this day I cry when I think of her!!!!
XXOO, Fern

Aksharaa said...

That was a very touching piece of childhood memory. Thanx for sharing.u have reminded me of my first dawg. it was a mutt-completely black, large and very active.
keep us posted

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a lovely family memory! Nice to meet Brunie.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ruby's Raiser said...

What a beautiful post, the love for your little sis comes through so deeply. I too understand the great confidence that comes from having your dog by your side in unfamiliar and intimidating human situations. Undaunted, they lead us through our fear and truly are our family. :)

Anonymous said...

Just checked Dog Daze and saw the story about Brunie. I knew you had a dachshund growing up, but never saw pics. Now I know why you had such a soft spot for Becca. I'll never forget bringing her to school. Thanks for sharing the story.


Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful memory, thanks so much for sharing Brunie with us!!

The Mama and Dory

bellaboo said...

What a wonderful companion Brunie must have been for you..one's first dog always holds a very special place in our hearts don't you think?
Luckily Bella is not fazed by thunderstorms or fireworks.

Bellaboo :0)

Mango said...

First doggies are always special. What a cutie. And lived a good long life too.