Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY. This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better. Some of them, you may already know. We hope that you enjoy this series!
Name: My name is Harper Lee. I’m named after the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. My human mommy is embarrassed to admit that she’s never read To Kill a Mockingbird. She hasn’t even seen the movie. Pathetic! My pesky little sister is Tallulah Bee. She’s named after the actress Tallulah Bankhead and she was one of four little puppies in her litter, which was called the Bee litter. It’s interesting that we are both named after fiercely independent women from Alabama. What in the world were our humans thinking!
Age: On March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), I celebrated my seventh birthday. Tallulah Bee turned one on April 22 (Earth Day).
Location: Tallulah Bee and I live in New Orleans, Louisiana, with our human mommy and daddy. I moved to New Orleans from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just a little more than a year ago with my humans. Tallulah was born the day we moved into our new house and came to live with us a couple of months later. We live in an area called the Irish Channel. (Isn’t that perfect for a girl who was born on St. Patrick’s Day?) Our house used to be a corner store. It was converted into a residence right before we moved in. My sister and I love to walk all around our neighborhood and in the beautiful Garden District, which is just across Magazine Street from the Irish Channel.
Web/Blog Page: My blog is called thek9harperlee: Reflections of a Golden Retriever Named Harper Lee. Here’s the link: https://thek9harperlee.wordpress.com/
What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents? Harper Lee: My humans came to the house where my litter mates and I lived. Mommy and Daddy were sitting on the ground with all the puppies running around them. I took one look at my daddy, marched right over to him, jumped into his arms, and gave him a big kiss. And that’s when I thought to myself, “I just totally won you over!”
Tallulah Bee: When my humans came to pick me up, my mommy swept me into her arms, held me next to her face, and kept kissing me. I thought, “This woman won’t let me go!” And I’m so glad she didn’t.
What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home? Harper Lee: I knew I was in my forever home when the neighbors came over for a Sip and See. That’s a Southern custom where people come over for cocktails to see the new baby when he or she comes home from the hospital. I was the new baby and I was home!
Tallulah Bee: I knew I was in my forever home when I claimed my spot in the house. I call it my perch: the doorway to the laundry room, which is up two steps from the kitchen. I can see everything from this spot . . . and everyone has to step over me to get through the doorway!
What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home? Harper Lee: When I was a young puppy, I was helping my human mommy plant rose bushes in the garden. She looked up and saw me running around the yard with what she thought was a tree branch. But then she wondered why the leaves on the branch were such pretty fall colors in spring. That’s when she realized that I had pulled up one of the newly planted rose bushes with its pretty red flowers. She was not amused, and she let me know it. That is the one and only bad thing I’ve ever done.
Tallulah Bee: I’ve been a bit more mischievous than my big sister, but overall I’ve been a pretty good girl. Except for the day that I decided to take a photo book off of the coffee table and have a little nibble. I would have gotten away with it, too, if my tattle tale big sister hadn’t rushed into the kitchen with a horrified look on her face to tell my human mommy that I was up to no good.
Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why? Tallulah Bee and I have our human daddy absolutely, completely, and totally wrapped around our little paws. Our human mommy is the alpha dog. Daddy is the sucker. We can get him to feed us when we want to be fed, walk us when we want to be walked, wake up when we want to wake up. It’s fabulous!
What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you? Harper Lee: People always think I’m older than I am. Perhaps it’s because my face has a little extra sugar (also known as gray hair). Or maybe it’s because I’ve been so totally laid back since I was just a tiny puppy. My humans say that I am an old soul.
Tallulah Bee: People think I’m a boy. Can you believe that? I mean, I wear a pink collar, people. Please!
Hope you enjoyed meeting my friend – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!