The 52 Project 2014: 36/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE.

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Mia and her pal, Roxi.

If you’ve been following this blog, then you may remember week 30’s portrait (an adorable photo) where I featured the relationship between Mia and our other dog, Rancho. Well I mentioned that I’d soon do the same for Mia and Roxi and so here we are, that time has come.

Roxi is our 10 year old lab and pit mixed female dog. Daddy Dom has had her since she was only a few months old. His friend’s girlfriend had just happened to be visiting the local pound to browse through the dogs. Right in front of the pound, there was a woman with a litter of puppies that she had planned to take inside (since their Mama was a stray dog she had rescued). The pound told her that if she dropped them off, they would all be euthanized and that she was better off sitting outside to try and find homes for the pups with people that were coming by, looking for a new pet. Dominic happened to be working with that particular friend I mentioned above on that day, and the girlfriend called his friend to tell him about the puppies. He agreed to take one and asked Dominic if he wanted one, too. Dominic had been looking for a dog for about three months but never found the right one. He blindly agreed to take the biggest and blackest female of the litter. The rest is history.

Roxi ended up being Dominic’s best friend, his shadow, his protector, his guard dog and his companion. She went everywhere with Dominic, including to work. He owns his business in the landscape/pond industry so taking a dog along each day to outdoor work wasn’t a big deal. She’s a pretty special, sweet and loving dog.

A few fun facts about Roxi:

She chomps on bees and loves it.

She attacks spraying water from a hose.

She prefers to be indoors (mostly because we are indoors). If we’re inside, she’ll sit outside in front of the back glass door just staring inside until someone let’s her in.

She sleeps on her own dog bed at the foot of our bed. This changed when Daddy Dom and I got married. She used to sleep on his bed each night.

She can sit, lay down, jump up, fetch, come, stay and shake hands on command.

She barks at anyone who approaches our house or yard (great guard dog) so I always know when someone’s outside. The difference here between her and Rancho, is that she mostly protects us while Rancho more so guards the yard and property (he’s always outside). Here’s an example of what I mean by that:  When in the house, Roxi always positions herself between one of us and the entrance to wherever we’re sitting with her back to us so she can make sure no one is approaching. Right now, I’m in the office and she’s sitting outside the doorway in the hall, with a good view of the front door. When Mia is reading in her room, she’ll sit right outside her bedroom door in the hall with a view of our front door. She’s always got our back and keeping an eye on us.

So how does Roxi and Mia get along? I think in the beginning, it seemed like Roxi was just tolerating Mia. Roxi isn’t as playful as she used to be, so all of the chasing and playing is mostly done with Rancho (he’s the same age as Mia). Roxi doesn’t really go out of her way to be near Mia, but Mia approaches her all the time with hugs and kisses and “I wuv you’s”. When Roxi is sprawled out on the living room floor, Mia uses her back or belly as a pillow. Because Roxi is usually laying down when she’s inside, Mia likes to put blocks on her, or a necklace and even her hats. Roxi takes it like a champ. Roxi is also Mia’s scapegoat anytime there’s a fowl odor in the air. Mia will say “Ew…it stinks! Roxi toot toot.” Overall, Mia is more loving, sweet and gentle with Roxi than she is with Rancho.

This week’s portrait is a scene we’ve seen here before. Sometimes, Roxi rests her paws on the raised floor that is part of our dining room. Whenever she does this, Mia has to copy her by placing her feet up on the ledge, too. They’re both looking at Daddy Dom, who is clearing the dinner table. Roxi can usually be found in that spot while we eat, just waiting for any scraps to fall to the floor or perhaps to be thrown in her direction. This isn’t the first time Mia has copied her before. She’s thrown her popcorn on the floor so that her and Roxi could eat it up together (yup, using just their mouths). And one of the most adorable things they do together is standing side by side, staring out the front door when Roxi hears Daddy Dom’s truck coming up our driveway. They both wait together, one wagging her tail and the other hopping up and down, until Daddy comes inside. Dominic had always hoped that Roxi would be around long enough to see his first born. Not only did that wish come true but it looks like she’ll be around for baby #2 who is due next year in April.

Okay now just for fun, here is the portrait from last year’s week 36 in 2013: Mia’s first time building instead of destroying (taken with my phone, eh).

37 week 2013

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