Twenty-Two Little Mags & Finnick Things

September 3rd, 2015 11:00 am by mad mags

2015-07-29 - Playing Dressup - 0082 [flickr]

These two goobers.

Mags and Finnick. Finnick and Mags.

Words cannot adequately express my happiness and gratitude that we found you when we did. When we decided to adopt you – dogs six and seven! – your dad and I thought that we might be losing it. Going crazy. Full-on animal hoarder styley. And maybe we were. (Crazy, not hoarders.) But in the best way possible.

Mags, you helped to soften the bluntest edges of grief when I lost Kaylee. Maybe you’ve noticed recently, in times of extreme happiness or exhaustion, how I sometimes slip and call you by her name. Probably it’s a tad insulting – you are your own woman, after all – but I don’t mean it to be. It’s a compliment of the highest order, I swear. Kaylee was one BAMF – and you are too. It’s only natural that I get confused sometimes.

You gals look so much alike, and yet your personalities couldn’t be more different. You are the mini-Kaylee and the anti-Kaylee, all wrapped up in one tiny little package. You love me fiercely and without reservation. You’d follow me to the ends of the earth, and yet you’re unafraid to call me on my bullshit. In so many words. Come to think of it, you two aren’t so different after all. Not in the ways that matter.

2015-06-01 - Swim Season Has Begun - 0014 [flickr]

Finnick, trying not to catch the swims from his mom.

And Finnick, you were just what your daddy needed after losing Ozzy. He didn’t think that he was a Dog Person, but you proved him wrong, wrong, wrong. I love how much you adore him, and also it takes a little of the pressure off me.

I’m sorry that you’ve had such a rough time these past few months. I’ve been pushing you away for Peedee’s sake, and I feel horribly about it. I promise to make it up to you, probably sooner than I’d like. Your day of spoiling is coming, little guy.

They thought we were crazy for committing to seven dogs. Six of them RAT TERRIERS (said in a long, drawn-out sigh). I think we just had extra love we needed to share. I’m over the moon that it was with you.

2014-12-25 - X-Mas Morning-ish - 0048 [flickr]< Mags is going as the Grinch this x-mas.

And so, without further ado: twenty-two Mags and Finnick Things. One for each of their years on this earth.


Twelve Little Mags Things

  • All that extra skin!

    2013-05-06 - Outside with the Other 6 - 0002

    2014-03-11 - Birthday Girl Rennie - 0018 [flickr]

    Mags is a fat dog trapped in a skinny dog’s body.

  • Biting her nails instead of letting us cut them. Usually in bed! I know gross right?

    2011-09-11 - Mags! - 0001

  • Long afternoons spent sunbathing.

    2011-09-11 - Another Afternoon Sunbathing - 0217

    2014-03-15 - Peedee's Gotcha Day - 0020 [flickr]

    2014-08-14 - Mags - 0002 [flickr]

  • Sometimes when waiting for meals or a snack, she’ll start to huff and puff and kick her legs like a bull about to charge. More adorable than scary.

  • Also meal-related: How she grumbles and growls and nudges me while I eat, demanding a dirty dish or – better still – straight-up handouts. It’s like she’s entitled or something. SUCH a little diva.

    2011-10-25 - Demanding Dogs - 0004

  • That golden patch of fur under her right armpit.

    2013-08-21 - Mags - 0034

  • Delicate Mags kisses.

    2012-06-13 - Dogs Outside - 0012

    Unrelenting yet gentle.

  • She’s the smallest dog in the house, yet everyone is scared of her.

    2012-12-04 - Mags - 0001

  • How she patiently and methodically cleans boogers from the other dogs’ eyes. Finnick’s the only one who resigns himself to it completely. (Reason #274 why I think she’s his mum.)

    2011-09-12 - Dogs Outside - 0013

    2013-12-24 - Testing the New Camera - 0010 [flickr]

  • Precious Moments ™ eyes.

    2013-06-25 - Mags - 0003

  • Since we started doing water therapy in the summers, Mags refuses to go within 15 yards of a body of water – even natural bodies she’s never swam in before.

    2014-07-23 - The Dogs - 0062 [flickr]

    2014-05-09 - Smithville Lake - 0039 [flickr]

    It’s like she thinks I’m going to toss her into the lake, even if it’s in the mid-60s, and without a life jacket. I AM A MONSTER, Y’ALL.

  • Her “get bent” face, which so closely resembles Kaylee’s.

    2013-11-17 - Mags Leaves - 0014

    2011-04-02 - Kaylee Macro - 0005

    (I’m sorry Mags I’m done making this all about Kaylee I swear!!!)


    Ten Little Finnick Things

  • His skinny little body (“Skinny Finny”). Forever jealous of his figure.

    2013-07-16 - Finnick! - 0034

  • He gets super-freaked out whenever anyone tries to touch his paws.

    2013-07-26 - Finnick - 0003

  • When Finnick bites his nails (this is a peculiarity he and Mags share), he whimpers to himself. It’s kind of creepy actually.

    2015-02-16 - Enjoying the Heated Blanket - 0017 [flickr]

  • How much he adores his daddy.

    2012-08-16 - Chasing Finnick - 0023

    2013-12-24 - Testing the New Camera - 0040 [flickr]

    2013-05-09 - Shane, Ralphie & Finnick - 0002

  • His awesome jumping abilities (he once cleared Ralphie, head to toe).

    2013-06-08 - Chasing Finnick (Part 2) - 0002

  • Walking on his back legs while begging for dinner. (Seriously, he’s got such mad skills in this area that I’ve often considered shipping him off to the circus.)

    2013-06-08 - Chasing Finnick (Part 2) - 0032

  • His love of naps (that’s something he got from his human mom).

    2013-02-02 - Afternoon Reading-slash-Napping - 0001

    2013-01-08 - Lemmy & Finnick - 0005

    2014-07-14 - Dogs in Bed - 0006 [flickr]

    As much as he loves Shane, he’ll abandon his spot in the office in a heartbeat if he thinks that someone’s dozing in the bedroom without him.

  • Those teefies! Finn’s teeth are so large, white, and straight that when he smiles, it kind of looks like he’s wearing dentures. Doggie dentures.

    2013-07-26 - Finnick - 0027

  • How much he hates having his picture taken.

    2015-05-23 - Helping Me Plant Marigolds - 0001 [flickr]

    2013-11-09 - Finnick - 0008

    2014-03-07 - Finnick - 0001 [flickr]

    2013-12-25 - X-Mas Morning - 0009 [flickr]

    2014-08-09 - Hounding the Dogs - 0035 [flickr]

    It’s almost become a game at this point.

  • That ridiculously goofy, slightly unhinged smile of his.

    2015-06-08 - Outside with the Dogs - 0011 [flickr]

    2015-08-06 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0037 [flickr]

    2015-07-22 - Walking Bonebender Trail - 0025 [flickr]

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