November 06, 2007

Meet Millie


This is Millie. Some people think she's a dog. She's really not. All it takes is one look into those eyes to realize that. She came to live with us when she was 1. This was 4 months after we lost our first Golden that we had for 14 1/2 years. I swore I wouldn't get another dog, but really how could I say no to this face?

We found her through petfinder at a shelter about 1 1/2 hours north of us. Her original owner died of cancer and her daughter and son-in-law ended up with Millie. They didn't have time for her and took her to the shelter. It turned out her original owner lived in our town and her vet was just down the road from us. I feel sure that she was meant to be ours.


I adore this dog that I didn't even know I wanted. I thought no dog could ever compare with the dog I lost. Millie has proven me wrong and continues to do so on a daily basis. She has even tamed Sweet Hubby who insists that she sleep in our bed every night. Is there anything larger than a king size bed?

A few facts about Millie:

1) Her best friend's name is Emma

2) She loves to go for walks but will stop and refuse to go any further if it is too hot outside

3) She loves to play dress up (see picture 4)

4) She loves peanut butter and carrots, not usually together but she's not picky

5) She is ball obsessed and will push one of those big inflatable balls from Target all over the yard until she manages to pop it. She also has a small squeaky yellow ball that her Daddy throws for every night

6) She eats snow. She will run all around the yard scooping up snow as she goes (see picture 3)

7) If you don't pay enough attention to her she will quietly go bellyup (see picture 2) until you come rub her belly

8) She loves to talk

9) We call her leaner dog because she will come and lean her head on you when she feels particularly content

10) She loves us more than you can imagine and we love her twice as much as that


51 comments:

  1. Millie is adorable! She sounds like a real sweetheart! Love everything on your Christmas wish list from an earlier post!
    Michelle

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  2. Hi Jen,
    Millie is a beautiful dog!!
    We used to have one that looked very much like her.
    Enjoy her,
    Rosemary

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  3. Oh my -- she is so sweet! I have two goldens and a border collie rescue... there is nothing in this world that ever could have prepared me for how much I love those dogs... so I know just what you mean! BTW -- love your blog!

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  4. What a precious "child". I'm glad to know that another couple can be as smitten with their "child" as I! I, too, have a second "child"--didn't think any could replace our Sadie, who we adored. Didn't even want another--and then a friend of my daughter gave us the old "sob tale (tail?)"--and now we have Abby, a 4 year old Corgi who came to live with us a year ago. Being the cat person I am, I am shocked at how in love I am (and was) with these two "kids"!!! Thanks for the pictures. Now I'm inspired to tell about mine, so check back & I'll get to it sooner or later!!!

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  5. Hello there. I have just recently found your blog, and I have added you to my Back Porch Blogs. Millie is beautiful. We have a yellow Lab. Millie was one of the names on our list, but she is our Maggie. So many things you said about Millie applies to Maggie. come by some time for a visit, and meet my furbaby.
    Hugs,
    Rebecca

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  6. Awww....she is so cute! You can just see from her eyes that she would be your best friend.

    By the way, there is a bigger bed than king...California King!

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  7. Oh my goodness, girl, I loved this post! As you know, we share our home with a Golden Goddess name Zoe. My, how these lovelies take over the home and the heart! I enjoyed the Millie "list"! And the photo of her in the snow is priceless. We had a Golden named Drake years ago who loved the snow, too. What a total doll Millie is. Don't you love how quietly stubborn Goldens are? Y'all are so lucky to have found each other! Keep the photos of her coming!

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  8. Millie looks like a great addition to your family. I could never say "no" to eyes like that! Aren't you glad you didn't say no? Animals enhance our lives every day.

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  9. First of all, I want to tell you that I enjoy visiting your blog. And your dog, Millie, she's so adorable! I have 3 boys. My youngest is 2 years old with 4 legs! http://twinspire.blogspot.com/2007/11/scrapbook-page.html

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  10. When our Charlie (ShihTzu) died of cancer after pulling me through MY cancer, I too thought I'd never put my heart out there to feel the pain I was feeling - that thought lasted about 6 weeks before Braxton (ShihTzu) and his housemate Lulu(Tibetan Spaniel)found us through Pet Finder. I will always love and miss Charlie, but I think he's watching from above and telling Braxton & Lulu just how to train us! Your Millie is a love. She's so lucky to have you!
    Colleen

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  11. What a sweet post and adorable Millie Meme. Millie looks so beautiful and sweet.

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  12. Jen, this is such a sweet post! Millie is gorgeous and what a great member of the family!

    Pat

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  13. Awwww! What a sweet dog! Don't you just love 'em. They really do become part of the family.

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  14. I, a confirmed "cat person", have met so many dogs I've fallen in love with recently that I think I might need one myself.

    A big one. Like Millie. You're so lucky!

    xoxo,
    martha

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  15. Jen that was the sweetest post! Millie is sooo stinkin cute! I love the first pic of her. Thanks so much for sharing on your adorable family member. xoxo, cherry

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  16. Wow! You almost convinced me to get a dog... glad I can live vicariously through you.

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  17. what a beautiful dog......she sounds very sweet!

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  18. WE LOVE MILLIE!!

    What a beautiful girl she is. I never met a dog I didn't like. :)

    *muah*
    Michelle

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  19. What a cutie! I know just how you feel about loving her. Thought my cat got out Sunday, and I was crying my heart out by the time I found her independent little self under the sofa!

    Jacki

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  20. My "Harry" says hello to your millie. They would love playing together- although I often can't get Harry off the couch. He insists he needs his rest.

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  21. Hi Jen
    You can imagine how much I LOVED this post and how I can relate to "loving a dog more than anyone can imagine" :-} Your sweet Millie is just gorgeous (I will show her pic to our lab Ben) :-}

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  22. Aren't Goldens the Best? Ben, our golden was left as a puppy in a box on the front porch of my son's fraternity house. I guess whoever did it figured those guys would make a home for the dog. My son brought the puppy home to us and it was love at first sight. Whenever Ben wants to go outside he comes and lays his big head in my lap. He definitely is our Big Baby. ~ Smiles ~ Lynn

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  23. Aren't Goldens the Best? Ben, our golden was left as a puppy in a box on the front porch of my son's fraternity house. I guess whoever did it figured those guys would make a home for the dog. My son brought the puppy home to us and it was love at first sight. Whenever Ben wants to go outside he comes and lays his big head in my lap. He definitely is our Big Baby. ~ Smiles ~ Lynn

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  24. Hi,
    I just wanted to say I love Millie! We used to have a family dog called Duke he was a golden retriever, I loved him to pieces, very loyal and loving, and he 'talked' too! Such lovely dogs very caring personalties, I am glad Millie found you, I hope you enjoy many cosy evenings together......

    Priscilla x

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  25. What an adorable dog! Generally I prefer mixed-breed doggies (like mine) but she is just gorgeous...

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  26. There is nothing beter than a golden. Our golden Cooper is about 3. He is an awesome dog. He loves to talk and will drop on a dime and lay on his back for a belly rub.
    Bristol

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  27. What a sweet face! She's beautiful! We feel the same way about our Miss Daisy. I bet they would be best friends if we live closer.

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  28. Millie is a sweet looking dog. I know you will have lots of fun with her. Mary

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  29. Oh she's gorgeous! She sounds like a really lovely dog. It's funny how pets have a way of making you love them when you thought you didn't even want them. When my Mum and Dad lost their last cat they said they would never have another. Until a friend of a friend told them about a cat who's owner had just died and who needed a good home. Smokey has been with them ever since and totally rules the roost! On top of that they also have four strays who live in the summer house and are fed a constant buffet by the back door!

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  30. what a sweetie!
    aren't golden's THE best doggies out there! i love it that she's a leaner...our golden we refer to as a velcro dog!
    millie is a wonderful name!

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  31. So cute!... we have a "non-dog" dog too named Lucas. We always say both our boys were adopted...one just happened to be furry. :)

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  32. Millie is absolutely precious! Winston loves peanut butter and carrots too!

    Thanks for introducing her! She is a real sweetie.

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  33. I feel the exact same way about my dog!

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  34. What a great post!!! My dog just owns my heart as well.

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  35. I think my Bear-dog may be Millie's long lost brother (see here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heylucyloo/112966045/in/set-72057594056435467/).
    He is the best dog ever, and is a "leaner" too. I just love him so much. Golden's are so wonderful!

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  36. What a treasure you have in Millie.

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  37. Loved your story about Millie (and my "mom" did too). You have a great life, just like I do. Stop by my blog some time and see what I'm all about. Think you'll enjoy it. Hey, what's you sign?!!!

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  38. She looks so sweet! We have a golden, Casey and we also share another one, Sassy, with our neighbor. Both were abandoned, but they are the greatest dogs and get along with kids so well. They love belly rubs too! I Love visiting your blog!

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  39. Hi Jen, can I bring my dog Conan to meet your princess Millie? He is also a Golden Retriever and he looks very much like Millie; he’s never been married, although I think he might had a girlfriend or two years ago when he use to escape at night and come back early in the morning... he is a good wholesome guy now… no kids that I know of... :)

    Love,

    Cielo

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  40. I'm very glad to meet Millie...she seems to be such a sweet dog..
    bj

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  41. The kids are begging (BEGGING) to get a golden...I am resisting....I have never had a dog. This post is tipping the balance in their favor....

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  42. Millie is so stylish but does she really approve of that fur around her..I do hope it's faux!
    She is a beauty..one can't beat the love between an owner and their beloved pets. I have 2 cats..have had more but it was their time to pass on..I cherish my felines!
    Our pets are such a comfort to us..
    special pets for Millie!

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  43. Sweet, sweet Millie. I think she and Miss Alice would get along just grand!

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  44. She is adorable. Isn't it wonderful how animals add joy to our lives? xoxo Nita

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  45. I understand... totally.
    What a beauty Miss Millie is.
    I live with two absolutely beautiful beagles...Chloe' and Lucy. Total unconditional love and comfort.
    Thank you for the wonderful post.
    xo

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  46. She is so cute Jen. I can see why you love her so much. She's just adorable.

    allie
    www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

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  47. Millie is a sweet darling! Love that face and those eyes...they speak volumes!

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  48. Aww, Millie is beautiful and you can tell that she's loved and is just a sweet soul.

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  49. So sweet! I love her and I haven't even met her! She's beautiful and i'm so glad she found such a great family!

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