Fifteen Little Rennie Things

March 11th, 2019 4:23 pm by Kelly Garbato

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My dearest Oh-Ren-Rennie,

Happy fifteenth birthday to my little baby girl! My little pop tart. My sweet sweetling. My heart.

I’m sorry I can’t give you a better one. Google Photos oh-so-helpfully reminded me that, on this day last year, we celebrated your big day with treats in the sun, a walk on the beach, and even a dip in the lake. (In March! CAN YOU IMAGINE!) But here in New York it’s 35 and dreary, with an ice rink in the back yard. I wish you enjoyed company more in your old age, then we could have a pupper party with your cousins Hash, Roxy, and Leila, but that’s no longer your jam. So I guess mom and Finn and Lemmy will have to do.

After I wrap this post up, I’ll hide treats all over the house for you and Finnick to find and devour. Then maybe some belly rubs in front of the fireplace? And some of Finnick’s special, stinky canned food for dinner as a treat? I wish I could do more, but times are kind of sucky. Your presence makes then a little less so. I hope you can say the same about me.

Wow, these birthday intros have gotten pretty depressing the past few years, haven’t they? Well let’s lighten things up with piggy bellies and silly shake faces.

I love you so much, sweet girl, and I try every day to show you just how much. I know our days together are fast dwindling, but I’m determined to fill them with as much joy and happiness as I can muster.

Furever yours,

Mom

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Fifteen Little Rennie Things

  • Her pokey little piggy belly.

    2011-09-11 - Another Afternoon Sunbathing - 0159

    2010-05-26 - Terriers Outside - 0022

    2013-11-16 - Rennie Barking at a Bird - 0004

    She is the baby piglet to Kaylee’s mama sow.

  • The way she climbs up on my pillow in the morning and rubs her piggy fat in my face to wake me up. The sparse, silken hair and baby-soft skin is a bonus.

    2006-05-09 - OrenJunk0005

  • Eyes that look human.

    2013-02-23 - Rennie - 0002

  • The way she doesn’t simply lay on a pillow, but burrows into it. The pillowcase, I mean.

    2014-11-10 - Rennie Burrito - 0001 [flickr]

    2013-01-21 - Cozy Rennie - 0002

  • Frog legs!

    2011-08-27 - Rennie Frog Legs - 0005

  • The girl likes to get it on.

    2005-08-01 - RalphiePeedeeORen-0035

    2006-09-30 - PM-Kaylee&JayneMake5-0308

    2009-03-13 - Dogs Playing - 0010

    Sadly, Ralphie is the only dog short enough for her to mount, and he is entirely too old and too blind for this shit.

  • The sound of her happy pants: ach, ach, ach.

    2007-05-23 - Peedee, O-Ren & Kaylee - 0015

    2013-10-09 - Rennie & Her Ball - 0003

  • That tuft of hair on the end of her tail.

    2011-04-02 - Rennie Macro - 0010

  • BALLS.

    2005-05-04 - DogsChasingSquirrels-0030

    2006-05-24 - Ralphie+Rennie+Peedee-0021

    2008-03-12 - Dogs Outside - 0022

    2007-05-23 - Peedee, O-Ren & Kaylee - 0016

    2011-04-01 - Rennie - 0005

    2013-10-09 - Rennie & Her Ball - 0006

    2011-09-26 - Rennie's Balls - 0006

    Fun story: Rennie overwhelmingly prefers found balls to store-bought ones, probably since they come with strange and exotic smells built right in. I often find tennis balls at the park, since it’s home to a (very cracked) tennis court. One time I found a whole pile of them, just sitting in the grass. I stuffed my jacket pockets with ’em and, when I got home, pulled them out of my pocket one at a time – slowly and with great dramatic effect – and threw them to her. Her eyes got real wide and at one point I thought her head might actually explode. She pounced on them – one, two, three, four-five-six! – running from one to another and back again. It was like her birthday and x-mas all rolled up into one.

    Seriously, I can’t even tell you how happy that made me. Sappy but true.

  • Wallowing in her mud hole.

    Our local park boasts a few water spigots, helpfully placed at strategic points around the property. (Mostly near the baseball diamonds and pavilions.) While all are ringed with gravel (boo!), there’s one special fountain in the back whose base has been carved into a bowl – either intentionally, by some enterprising dog person, or from years of erosion, who knows? Either way, it makes a nice little pool to capture the water so the dogs can take a sip.

    On especially hot days, Rennie makes a beeline for this particular field. After I’ve filled the crevice with water – her dancing impatiently around the stream the whole time – she likes to stretch out over the hole to cool off. Her pokey piggy belly fits perfectly into the curve of the ground. Words cannot express how much I love it. Some days I walk her just a little extra hard so she’ll want to go for a dip. The muddy fur? So worth it.

    2013-08-10 - Rennie & Finn at the Park - 0001

    I’ve yet to get decent video of this event, so as an added bonus, I’ve thrown in a picture of her emerging from her mud hole and shaking off. Definitely one of my top ten favorite Rennie action shots.

  • How she’s able to seemingly doze off – almost but not quite – while doing her laps in the pool.

    2014-09-20 - Mags & Rennie Swimming - 0024 [flickr]

    2014-09-20 - Mags & Rennie Swimming - 0025 [flickr]

    2014-05-23 - First Swim of the Season - 0003 [flickr]

    The first few weeks after we started her exercise regimen, she was terrified: she swam at top speed, balls to the wall, eyes wide open in unadulterated fear. Then she became used to the chore, and started falling asleep with boredom. Some days I have to threaten to dunk her to jar her awake. Such a slacker.

  • Now that she’s lost certain teeth, the contours of her lower mouth are all misshapen –

    2015-02-10 - Post-Walk Laziness - 0037 [flickr]

    2014-12-25 - Opening Presents - 0084 [flickr]

    – just like Kaylee’s!

  • As she’s gotten older, Rennie doesn’t have the same non-stop, windup toy, puppy energy that she used to. Ball tosses are mostly limited to twelve consecutive throws, tops, compared to the hour-plus marathons of yesteryear. HOWEVER. Meal times = maximum excite. When the food comes out, so does young Rennie. And she is ready to par-tay.

    2016-11-14 - Rennie - 0003 [flickr]

    2016-04-17 - Drive-In (Jayne's 1st Time) - 0023 [flickr]

    2016-03-27 - Going to the Drive-In - 0009 [flickr]

    2016-08-16 - Playing, Post-Swim - 0002 [flickr]

    Sadly, I do not think I have any pictures of this little thing exactly, so instead, here are some more photos of O-Ren and her many (many many many) toys.

  • Her not-so-sneaky sleepy tongue slip.

    2016-06-09 - Napping with the Girls - 0019 [flickr]

    2016-06-09 - Napping with the Girls - 0024 [flickr]

    2016-06-09 - Napping with the Girls - 0021 [flickr]

  • Her crazy shake face.

    2016-05-29 - Mags & Rennie Swimming - 0007 [flickr]

    2016-05-29 - Mags & Rennie Swimming - 0006 [flickr]

    2015-08-12 - Sailboat Cove-Bonebender - 0028 [flickr]

    2015-09-19 - Walking at Bonebender - 0078 [flickr]

    2015-07-20 - Walking at Cabin Fever Trails - 0071 [flickr]

    2015-06-12 - Smithville Lake - 0017 [flickr]

    2016-05-27 - Pond is Flooded - 0029 [flickr 2]

    (Also, see: “Mud hole” and “Dozing off while swimming” for several even more bonkers examples.)

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