Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Shotzie Dog

Pictured below are two dogs. One is real, the other is not so real. The one on the left is Woman's first dog ever, Shotzie. The one on the right is one of Woman's most favorite toys ever, a Fluppy Dog named Muffin. (Woman had no idea until now that there was a Fluppy Dog cartoon. She feels a little cheated out of some childhood fun. Perhaps it can be found on Netflix.)


So, back to Shotzie dog. As you can tell from this photo, Shotzie was rather rotund, possibly so much so that you missed the fact that she was a Miniature Schnauzer. Regardless of her appearance, Shotzie was a Miniature Schnauzer. She was overweight and grumpy, but fiercely loyal, and Woman claims that she was a good friend. (The step-dad was a long haul truck driver, and Shotzie grew up "on the road," so she didn't get much socialization. This was probably a key factor in the development of her temperament.)

Woman didn't grow up with other kids, but Shotzie made a great childhood companion. Woman and Shotzie would play all sorts of games and go on walks through the blackberry field together. One time Shotzie came back from a solo romp in the blackberries without the Cleveland Browns sweater she was wearing when she left, and everyone teased her that she was having a fling with a groundhog! Either this was true, or Shotzie just hated the Cleveland Browns and found a useful opportunity to rid herself of that sweater.

Sadly, Shotzie passed over the rainbow bridge when she was only 8 years old, because the step-dad person fed her Oreos every morning and steak every night. While that sounds like the high life for a dog, congestive heart failure doesn't take long to set in when your diet is that rich in fats and your belly jiggles when you wiggle. RIP Shotzie. I'm sure we would not have been good friends, because Woman says you hated all other dogs, but I'm glad you kept my Woman company for me.

In case you're wondering what happened to Muffin, rest assured that she is safely stored in the attic with a couple other childhood items that Woman just couldn't part with.


  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger Page said…

    I have to admit that I have all my stuffed animals to Winston when he was a puppy. They were all quickly destroyed, so I have no more stuffed animals left (except for a Cabbage Patch Kid that was very important to me). Maybe you could "watch over" Muffin, Norman???

  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger Page said…

    okay, instead of "have" I meant to say "gave". i'm a tard right now.

  • At 11:50 AM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    Oreos & Steak!?!? Heak YEAH! Let me get some of the steak, hold the oreos! Shotzie was having a fling with the groundhog, BOL! So funny!
    Hugs & Snugs
    Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Nevis said…

    (hug) Sounds like a wonderful dog. I should post soem photos of my first (and only other dog), Patches. We could start a trend! :)

  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Jemima Jones Beck said…

    We are sure glad that your Woman had such a good friend in Shotzie!
    My Mom was not allowed to have any pets at all when she was a little girl, so she is always happy to hear about people's beloved childhood pals!
    Jemima Jones Beck

  • At 3:54 PM, Blogger Sandy said…

    Shotzie was a good looking boy. So sad he didn't live longer. Those schnauzers are so loyal for sure.

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger Tami said…

    I promise you my parents used to feed their last dog, a Collie, Oreo Cookies twice a day. They also gave him ice cream, fried eggs, and lots of other bad stuff. Needless to say, he died young ... all of their dogs die young. Wonder why?!

  • At 6:30 PM, Blogger The Devil Dog said…

    We are glad Shotzie was such a good dog for Woman then. And we are glad that Woman has you now.


  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger AM said…

    Mmm. Oreos. :)

    My grandmother used to have schnauzers. Now she has a cat.

  • At 8:31 AM, Blogger girlville said…

    norman, you are way more handsome than shotzie or babie coot could have ever dreamed of being! if woman took muffin out of the attic, would you shred this muffin dog to bits?

  • At 9:16 AM, Blogger Pam said…

    Awwl, poor Shotzie. gah..a diet in steak and oreos, yeah not so good.
    A friend of mine had a miniture Schnauzer when were were kids. She was the sweetest dog.

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Clover said…

    Hi Norman!
    Thanks for sharing pictures and stories of the other pets in Woman's life.
    Don't worry, Norman - I bet you are Woman's favourite. :)
    Love Clover xo


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