Spike’s Pack: March 2009 Nominees

7 03 2009

It is time to introduce the nominees for Spike’s Pack for March 2009.  Voting will commence Sunday morning at 12:01 AM and conclude Tuesday night at 11:59 PM, all times EST.  Congratulations to all those nominated, and good luck in the voting.

Nominee #1 – Webster Lee

spikes-pack-webster-leeWebster found his mom as he was on the lam.  His mom had no idea at the time, of course.  When she pulled into a parking lot, in customary fashion, she opened the door and talked to him.  After a half hour of coaxing, he got in the car.  He went home with her, and he considered his options.  A life of uncertainty or a loving home with four females?  He eventually worked his way into the house where the ladies promptly fell in love with him, and he had a home.

His mother, being the responsible dog lover she is, immediately placed an ad in the paper to find his owner.  The owner saw the ad, responded, crushing his new mother.  She had fallen hard.  As luck would have it, he had fallen quite hard himself.   After three days, the original owner called again and said that he was miserable.  He would not eat, and he was generally depressed.  She asked if Webster could return, as he was heartbroken without the love he experienced.  His new mom welcomed him back into her loving home, and they have been together ever since.

Nominee #2 – Duke Richard II


Duke Richard II is 3.5-year-old Jack Russel mix, adopted from the Austin Humane Society.  At the time of his adoption, Duke was a scruffy dog with a long wiry white coat and a bad case of heartworm. His adoptive parents had him shaved shortly after they took him home and were quite surprised to learn he had TONS of spots underneath all that white hair!  Duke underwent heart worm treatment (that was a scary time) and is now healthy and happier than ever. Duke has the most personality of any dog I have ever known.  He loves to dance, cuddle, play, and keep the squirrels out of the yard.

Duke has a younger sister, Sophie, who was also adopted from the Austin Humane Society.  The two of them LOVE to play and wrestle, but most of all they love to spoon.  On a warm Austin day, you’ll find Duke swimming in Lake Travis and enjoying some Frosty Paws.

Like Spike, Duke is a working dog and very computer literate, writing his own blog.

Nominee #3 – Buddy & Granger Tylka
Buddy and Granger Tylka are the best boys a Mom could wish for.  They eat all of their breakfast, use the potty outdoors, play nicely together (even when they rough-house) and let their sister dress them up in Boas and Mardi Gras beads when it is tea time.   They like to hang out together all of the time, they are brothers, but brothers from different mothers!  Buddy is a rescue pup who is 11 years old and was adopted 8 years ago.  He is ½ husky and ½ golden is is a lovely fluffy golden sweetheart.  Granger is going to be 4 soon and he has been Buddy’s brother since he was 4 weeks old.  He’s a Georgia Brown Dog  – he’s brown and he’s from Georgia!  With great personalities, and lots of love they would like to join Spike’s Pack!
Nominee #4 – Cici Hecht

She is a 2 year old Dalmatian polka dottie pink bellied pit bull mix.  She was rescued from a bad situation in Las Vegas, NV when she was six months old.  She has one polka dot ear and muted polka dots all over her body and one black ear and loves to show off her belly.  She likes to use the couch in the picture to camouflage herself when playing hide-and seek.  She is the sweetest, friendliest dog on the planet and loves to practice tongue foo.  You’ve heard of drive by’s, Cici offers lick by’s to strangers and all who walk nearby (she has a foot fetish and also enjoys untying shoe laces)… She is available for foot washing and shoe cleaning/untying  services.  Cici is also available for tail wagging, sniffing out cats, chasing bikes, skateboards and motorcycles, and bug and lizard stalking.

Cici’s friend, Bruce wrote this poem for her:

Dog exists. Wherein lies the proof?
Inspired once again, this time by CiCi, the pink-bellied pit,
who consistently breaks local tail-wagging ordinances.
Yes God spelled backwards is Dog.
And we bow and say Wow!
God, many perceive to be in the heavens, but dog is on earth;
four legs on the ground. Yes, they say all dogs go to heaven,
however Dog is a bridge, between man’s instinctive nature, (the garden) and the mind, as Dog has adapted to please Man.
A wag of the tail, shining eyes, a playful gait and a grateful Soul,
all reminding us of a certain perfection. All of this encourages us not to take life too seriously, to be playful in the moment.

Nominee #5 – Snickers & Sonny Bear Miller


Snickers is a Fourche Terrier — a Westie/Yorkie mix.  He was adopted from a rescue in Chicago, IL. when he was a year old.  Snickers was very fearful and slow to trust when he was first adopted, but with time, patience, discipline and love, Snickers came around.  Now, he loves to run around Grant Park, chase his friends in the dog park and get as many belly rubs as he can from his Mom.

Sonny Bear is a Yorkshire Terrier who came to live with Snickers and his Mom in 2007, when he was only 6 months old.  He came from a home where he was kept in crate up to 20 hours a day.  The owner could not take care of him and asked if he could join Snickers’ family.  He fit in immediately!  Funny thing though:  His name was originally Snickers! For about a week, Sabrina had two dogs named Snickers, but changed Snickers II’s name to Sonny Bear.  It fits him to a tee!  Sonny Bear loves to play fetch, wrestle with his brother and play in the dog park.

Their Mom feels like the luckiest woman in the world to be able to provide a forever home to these two beautiful and loving dogs!

Nominee #6 – Oliver M.

spikes-pack-oliver-mOliver is a 7 month old Beaglier, a mix between a Beagle and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and his parents think he’s the cutest puppy ever!  His cute face and ears get him out of most trouble.  Oliver is almost done with housebreaking, and he is a very fast learner, but he can be awfully stubborn!  Oliver has 2 cat siblings – one is an older brother, Steve, and the other is a same-age sister, Maya.  Oliver plays with his brother and sister very well – just like a puppy – biting, chasing, rolling around!  Steve is a bit of a loner, but we can tell Oliver and Maya will be life long friends.  When Oliver was a 6 week old puppy he had a black face, head and ears with some white markings.  Within the first 2-3 months his entire head and ears turned blonde! His parents could not believe he was the same puppy!  He loves sneaking into the bathroom to grab some toilet paper to chew on, as well as chewing up moving boxes!  Most of his relaxing time is spent with us in bed at night or next to us on the futon in the office.  Oliver is very social, and he loves being around people – Just HATES being in his crate!

Again, congratulations to everyone for being nominated.  Don’t worry if your favorite pet does not win the March vote, because all nominees will be included in future votes as well, just like the Hall of Fame for my favorite sport to watch on TV with Mom, baseball.  Once nominated, potential packmates will not be forsaken, as I want to grow my pack to its full potential.

Feel free to spread the word about your choice (be creative by using forums, posting on web pages, and calling all of your friends and family) and vote as often as PollDaddy will let you.  Re-visit this same post after midnight on the 8th to kickstart the voting.  We will announce the winner on Wednesday.  Good luck to all of the nominees, their friends and family.

Get your vote on!