Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My First Love, Honey J. Dog

Honey was my first love.

She is responsible for my long and passionate love affair with animals. Sure, I'd had pets before Honey. First there was Pebbles and Bam Bam, little green turtles (red-eared sliders?) that I kept in a bowl in my bedroom. They lived among colorful rocks and plastic palm trees. I took good care of Pebbles and Bam Bam, but didn't connect with them in a warm and fuzzy way. Then a hamster at the Charlotte Nature Museum had babies and the museum wanted good homes for the hamster babies. Happy Hamster came to live with us. Happy was a good pet. But still, I wanted a dog.

Years later, Spooky--a beagle mutt in the neighborhood--had a litter of pups. Apparently Spooky enjoyed many suitors because every puppy looked like a different breed. There were strong Rottweiler-looking pups and handsome German Shepard-looking pups. But a pitiful, skinny, weak little runt-of-a-dog captured my heart. Of course, I had to have her. After serious negotiations, my parents caved in and Honey J. Dog was mine.

Honey grew into a scruffy terrier-looking dog. She was my best friend and constant companion. We were inseparable. She was my Honey J. Dog.

As sweet as Honey was, she wasn't going to win any beauty contests. To be honest, she was an ugly dog. Of course, to me she was so ugly she was cute. Somehow, others didn't see it that way.

One early morning I was waiting at the bus stop, Honey by my side, and a new bus driver pulled up. When she opened the door she exclaimed that's the ugliest cat I've ever seen! I had to correct her, to defend dear Honey. So in front of all the kids on the bus, I steadily announced that's not a cat, that's my Honey. I never lived that down.

How I loved that dog.


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Claudia Moser said...

A wonderful tribute to Honey, and a sweet name by the way!

catmuses said...

Great story about Honey, Langley. Aw, so touching!

ResidentGamer said...

Such a sweet story. I had many pets before my cats, but they are truly the ones that took my heart.

Brenda Stevens said...

what a precious picture you painted in my head about your HONEY!! : ) you will defend all your honey's won't you!! ((hugs))

Mojo Writin' said...

The ending made me chuckle a lot. Out of the mouths of babes.... Lovely story, and Honey J certainly found her right place *hugs*

Poddys said...

Poor old Honey. I miss my German Shepherd / Border Collie cross, Bruno. He was an intelligent dog, a great friend, and we had some good times together.

Joyce Lansky said...

I have three dogs: one is a terrier mix (who is in the cartoon at the top of my blog) and two golden retrievers. Our newest dog is a rescue named Honey Bear. Dogs truly are our best friends.


D Ana said...

This is lovely.

Sylvia Colette Branch said...

so sweet, Langley. I have fond memories of my first dog too, thanks for sharing :)

Benny and Lily said...

What a great tribute!
Benny & Lily

Theresa Wiza said...

What a sweet and funny story. I'm allergic to animals, but I would love to have at least one of them. http://myheartblogstoyou.blogspot.com/2011/06/one-moms-first-love.html

Jenn said...

Oh this is totally sweet...and I think the ugly scruffy dogs are sooo cute...especially when they look at you with those adoring eyes.

Great write! Cheers, Jenn

Julie said...

Wonderful tribute to Honey, and a very touching post.

Eliza Wynn said...

I remember reading about Honey J. Dog before, and I'm absolutely convinced she was beautiful. :-)

Julia Williams said...

I love your story about your Honey -- but I really want to see a photo of her!

Word Nerd said...

This was a honey of a blog! ;O)

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