Tootsie (Twinkie)

Tootsie (Twinkie)

We are the Horne family. Frank, myself, Ethan and Elie, Brinkley and Tootsie (roll)

We have traditionally had 2, sometimes 3 dogs. In 2008, we had 2 of our (large) labs pass away at 13 and 14 yrs of age, leaving us with a (we think) 7-yr old rescue mix named Chaplin. He was a mix between a lab and we believe a Corgi so had a black lab body on 3-inch legs (pretty cute, aay?). A few months later when we were beginning a search for another lab, we happened upon a beautiful 1-yr old golden named Brinkley who had been surrendered to the Cape Fear Golden Retriever Rescue orgn. Brinkley and Chaplin got along famously despite their major size difference. Sadly, in April of this year, we arrived home from our kids’ soccer games to find Chaplin had died suddenly.

I give you this background as a path to seeing how Twinkie came into our lives as her forever family. My husband had only known labs as pets prior to Brinkley but obviously goldens and labs have their similarities. So we started looking at the lab rescue website. That said, I had a basset hound (Tandy) growing up so I began looking at CBHR also. My husband was a bit hesitant, saying “I don’t know about basset hounds”. We met 2 black labs and 2 basset hounds in our journey for our pet this summer. The first two labs had either tried to mount or attack Brinkley simply because of his intimidating size (he is 100lbs). Even the male basset we met snapped at him. So we learned even though he is large, Brinkley has no interest whatsoever in conflict or confrontation. Sandwiched in between these visits with male dogs was a visit from Twinkie who was obviously very attached to her long time foster mom. Twinkie was very calm. So calm in fact, that my husband wondered if she would be ‘active enough for the kids’. (That was “Frank-speak” for ‘will she be active enough’ for him. -J) We knew that not only would our new dog be a part of our lives but would be an important part of Brinkley’s. I just had a feeling that her calm personality was just what we needed…

twinkie2It has been 3 months and as you can see she has settled right in. We did re-name her, using one that started with a T and ended with the “ie” sound so we would not confuse her. The joy and love she brought can be seen in the picture with my son taken on the first night she was with us as well as the other picture with our daughter and son. She loves to run after Brinkley outdoors (always after, as she is at quite the leg length disadvantage). She lets us know with the basset howl how excited she is to see us when we arrive home after school or after work (The kids think it is so funny.) And for my husband – not a day goes by that Tootsie is not in his lap – by invitation of course – in his rocking chair – he just loves the way she is so trusting and comforting. Although I am behind the camera, I am equally in love with our Tootsie!

Kim T Horne