This is the Pack


That is Gretchen.  She was born in 2004.  She is a mix.  She likes to wake everyone up in the morning.  She believes that she is the puppy of Molly.  She was actually adopted from a local SPCA at 5 months.  She was taken to the SPCA because she had been abused by her original owners.  She was kicked/stepped on and had her jaw broken.  Because of this, she has an adorable smile.  Gretchen takes care of me.  She is always guarding me.  If I’m in my bedroom, she is somewhere near by, and if I move, she is right there next to me.

This is Molly.  She was born in 2002.  She is a Basset Hound.  She is the boss of the house.  She believes that everyone should bow to her power.  She was adopted from an animal shelter in the southern part of Alabama because her previous owners didn’t want her after she’d gotten pregnant with non-Basset puppies.  Prior to being dropped at the shelter, she’d lived outside.  After going to the shelter, she almost starved to death.  When we first got her, she was very Cujo like, but now she’s sweet as can be.  Molly enjoys singing to songs such as the theme songs for Law & Order and Medium, as well as the commercials for J.G. Wentworth.

This is Xander.  He was born in 2000.  He’s half Dachshund, half Golden Retriever.  He is the happiest boy in the world because he has 4 girls.  He tends to spend his time in front of the stove so that he can be rubbed as people walk past.  He was adopted after he was put in the paper by his previous owner at 9 months.  The previous owner hadn’t gotten him any of his shots and hadn’t registered him.  He also hadn’t named him  When the city checked on the animals, they found this out.  They told him to find him a home, get him registered, or surrender him.  He put an ad in the paper for a free dog.  My mom saw the ad, knew I wanted a dachshund, and because of my severe depression, she took me to get him.  (Actually, she was planning on getting his sister, but she was already gone.)  Xander is my baby.  He is always there when I need him.

This is Willow.  She was born around 2003-2004.  She was adopted from the Pound in a nearby town.  She is also a full-blooded Basset Hound.  She is my mom’s baby.  In my mom’s eyes, Willow can do no wrong.  In Willow’s eyes, my mom can do no wrong.  They are practically inseparable.  I honestly think if my mom could take her everywhere she goes, she would.  Willow spends most of her time in a chair next to my mom.  Willow can kind of say her name.  She joins in on songs with Molly.

This is Alice.  Alice is a bit difficult to take pictures of, though.  She is always around, but she doesn’t seem to enjoy cameras.  Alice is around 2 years old.  She is half Dachshund, half Basset.  She is obsessed with attention, particularly my attention.  She is always around me, too.  She sometimes sleeps in my lap or in my bed with me.  She is also a singer in the Pack choir. 


About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.