Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Merci

Today we celebrate Merci's gotcha day as her birthday.  We don't know when she was born but we like to celebrate the day she came to live here.  No, actually she didn't arrive till tomorrow or Wednesday.  Today was the day she was sprung from the shelter and sent to the vet to be spayed.

We have to tell a tale on her.  She used to be so good-natured and gentle that even strange cats were attracted to her and followed her when she walked Jan.

Every so often a big dog will advance slowly to meet the pack.  They generally sniff and then Buddy, Merci and Sam bark to send him on his way.  But small dogs don't have any sense!  They advance at a dead run, barking and carrying on like they're going to tear our three to pieces.  What do they expect when they act aggressively - tea and biscuits?

What they do get is Buddy and or Sam rushing at him barking furiously and the aggressive-acting dog always does a back flip, scrambles to his feet and races around threatening to tear our three limb from limb.

Well, Friday a Jack Russell Terrier that always barks fiercely from across the road, raced across the yard, reached the end of his tether ... and kept on coming dragging his tie-down with him.  Before he crossed the road, his owner was racing after him.  Jan stopped and braced herself.  Sam went around behind Jan to stand on her other side, which meant if he had lunged at the dog, Jan would have landed on the pavement.

The JRT stopped, sniffed noses with Buddy and Merci, and before he could start barking again, little Merci lunged at him snarling and yelling at him to go away and leave them alone.  Jan was in shock.  The guys were supposed to be protecting little defenseless getting-on-in-years Merci. The JRT was so startled, he flipped on his back, jumped to his feet and as he started to yell not so nice words at Merci, his owner scooped him up.  He'd lost his shoes in the road and was sweating profusely..Huffing, puffing and looking a bit pale, he apologized.

Perhaps it's the practice she's had telling off Luke the barking, leaping, pain-in-the-butt pup.  Or a combination of Luke and the unrelenting heat and humidity.  But 10 or 11 year old Merci isn't so shy any more.  Buddy and Sam will never live that down, being protected by a senior lady sibling. 


  1. Ladies rule! How inspiring for all the senior animals!

  2. Way to go, Merci! You show the younger ones how it's done. LOL.

    Have a wonderful birthday!

  3. Good for you, Merci!
    And happy gotcha birthday.


  4. Happy Barkday Merci - you go girl!!!!

  5. Happy Birthday Merci. You share it with our granddaughter Mollie who is 15 today. You show them girl that there is life in the old dog yet. Hugs GJ x

  6. Happy Gotcha Day Merci and you go girl!! Show those boys that you still have it in you!!
    Your TX furiends,

  7. Happy Gotcha Day Merci...aren't those just the most wonderful days!!!
    stella rose

  8. Wishing Merci the very best day ever! Happy Day!

  9. Hey Merci!
    Wow, a big happy gotcha day to you! Great job protecting everyone from that rude dog. Nice to surprise everyone sometimes. BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  10. Happy HAPPY GOTCHA DAY TO YOU MERCI!! WE hope you have a super Celebration fur your SPECIAL DAY.

  11. Good job, sweet Merci!! Happy Birthday and Happy Gotcha Day! Hugs and nose kisses

  12. Way to go, Merci!!!
    HAPPY HAPPY Birthday to you :)

  13. Happy GotchaBirthday Merci!

    The Florida Furkids

  14. Happy birthday/gotcha day Merci! And good for you, protecting your biddies!

  15. Happy Happy Birthday! Me-Ommmmm

  16. Happy Birthday Merci!! Good for you for telling that little dog a thing or three.

  17. Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day Merci!!!!!

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  19. Happy Birth-Gotcha-Day Merci ! We read you're a protective dog lady, according to our mind, you could be an honorary cat . Loupi and Zorro

  20. Happy Barkday/Gotcha day Merci. Tuiren has turned into the terror here. We had a visitor with 2 chows and a pit. Mommy says they were nice and petted all of them and let them slobber on her but Tui growled the whole time they were here. He brought Mommy a native azalea and was socializing the pit, who will be a service dog one day.

  21. merci....whoa N cranberreez... for a pup ewe iz aye oh kay !!! anda happee birthday gotcha day two ewe, N heerz ta a bazillion mor...hope yur day iz fun filled, ya enjoy, eat plentee oh bizcuits N steakz, stay outta de dawg houz, bury sum bones, play ball, drink toy let water and give em all hell two day... !!!

  22. You go Merci and a very happy birthday to you!

  23. Happy Gotcha Day Merci! WOW! You are definitely one super charged girl going for that rude JRT like that.

    Do take it easy in the heat though sweetheart.

    Gerry & Mungo

  24. Happy Birthday!

    Stop on by for a visit

  25. Marvellous Merci!! You are SUPER AWESOME!! GOOD FOR YOU!!

    Happy happy happy birthday you fearless and fabulous girl!! Take care

  26. Older ladies perogative eh Merci?
    ~Lickies, Ludo

  27. Happy Birthday Merci!! You showed that JRT! mol

  28. Heya Merci! We hope you have a great Birthday/Gotcha Day! Ladies rule! Purrs....

  29. Ahahaha!!! Go Merci! And Happy Birthday! Still got plenty of spunk left, don't ya? :)

  30. Happy Birthday Merci!!!!!
    That was a pawsome story!
    You are a pawsome doggie ;) heehee
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  31. Happy Birthday, Gotcha Day Merci!

    Good work girl!!!

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

  32. Yea, Happy Birthday Murphy
    Benny & Lily

  33. Happy Birthday Merci, you have lots of spunk and spirit!!


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  36. Happy Birthday Dear Merci! And many more...I'z got my jazz paws going for ya bigtime and hope you had a great Birthday/Gotcha Day! You sure showed that woofie who was boss!

  37. Me may be late, but me is going to sings anyway!!!!
    *•.¸¸♪♫Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫¸¸.•*
    ¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Merci!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫
    And Many More!!!
    Hope yous had a fabulishious day!
    Nellie, Kozmo, Jo-Jo and the hairy slobbery sisters (Bob & Cinnamon)

  38. sorry we're late getting here. The Dad was on a business trip (sheesh, as if that is an excuse). Happy Birthday, sweet Merci. And way to tell off that JRT!


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