In honor of all Moms, I have decided to write a post dedicated to you, whether or not your special ones are of the two-legged or four-legged ilk. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family and friends and can kick back and enjoy! No vineyard work today for my Mom…she is relaxing all day and then going to pick up some wine…her kind of day!
Not all of you know how my Mom came to be my Mom and I became the new namesake of Red Dog Vineyards. A few years ago after Mom and Dad lost their beloved Ginger (who was the original namesake of Red Dog Ranch), they became fixated on a very special color (RED!!!) of labrador.
“Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning.” – Norman Strung
I don’t know who the heck Norm is, but he sure has it right about us labs. Anyway, Mom and Dad were looking for a fox red lab and one day Mom typed those three fateful words into Google. Immediately “Honey” came up…”a little fox red lab, eager to please and happy to sit at your feet while you work” or some such encouragement for someone to want to take me home. That was pretty much it. Mom and Dad sent for me…a big gamble since I was living at a dog rescue site in Kentucky. I remember flying into SFO and meeting my new parents for the first time. I coulda cared less! But gradually over the days we moved into something that has surpassed even a dog’s expectation for a beautiful life…I knew I had found a loving home.
Evolution of a Dog’s Name: Honey, H, Honeybun, Honeybunny, Honeybutt, Bunny, Bunnybutt, Buttsky, the Bun, Pupbutt, Petunia, Pooper, Poopster, Poopstick, Peeper, Peepstick, Poochie, Poochska, Poochskaya, Pumpkin, Beanbrain, Skeezix, Stinky, Stinkweed, Sweetcheeks, Good Girl, Naughty Girl, Flea Bag, Tickster, Tukas, Missus, the dog. – inspired by “Dogs and Their Women” by Barbara Cohen and Louise Taylor
Minnie – our Newest Family Member: Mom’s sister Sue added a new member to her family!
“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill
Happy Mother’s Day to all you special women out there!