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Fun Facts About My Family’s Four-Legged Friend

by Aggies Kitchen on January 18, 2013

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1. Amber turned 8 years old on January 1.

2. Amber has a keen sense of hearing, she can hear a Cheerio drop in the kitchen from all the way across the house. It’s pretty impressive.

3. Amber is a rescue dog. She was abandoned as a puppy by her “owners” and found by my sister’s mother-in-law, who took her in. At the time Amber joined her family, she had 5 other large dogs, some of them rescues as well. The first time I visited her home, I was in awe of how well behaved her pack of 6 dogs were as they greeted us, she has a gift.

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4. Amber was originally my mom’s pet. When we met her, we were just visiting with no intentions of bringing home a dog. I fell in love with Amber instantly, and insisted that my mom adopt her (I was pregnant at the time and a dog was not in my plans at all). I was so happy when my mom made Amber part of the family.

5. Amber came to live with us 3 years later. I went to visit my mom one day while my husband was away on a business trip for a week. Amber loved visiting my house and being with the kids, so I “borrowed” her for the week to keep me company since my mom had been working a lot and wasn’t able to spend as much time with her as she would like. Amber decided she wanted to stay and live with us and everyone was okay with it.

6. Amber insists on daily belly rubs and back scratches. It’s part of the deal if you’re a guest in our home, she’ll give you a few gentle nudges to make sure you don’t forget.

7. Amber has manners. She doesn’t jump on you. She won’t bother you when you’re eating either. She just stares. And watches. And waits. Then she makes sure the floors and chairs are free of any possible crumb of food particle that could have been dropped by us. She likes to help out. I guess we can be messy.

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8. We have deemed Amber the Director of Security of our house. Beware of dog. She’s our protector and she is very loud about it when she needs to be.

9. Amber is part Fox Red Retriever. She likes to run, fetch balls and gets excited about people me on bikes. She is obsessed with car rides. She hates water and wants no part of it. She doesn’t like to get her paws wet in the grass either and has been known to hold it in for over 18 hours if it’s raining. Crazy girl.

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10. Amber enjoys singing. She will belt out a nice long howl for us every now and then when the blender is running, or the rare occasion she hears a fire engine come by. It’s a treat.

11. Amber is my daily companion. She keeps me company any time I’m working in the yard or in the garden, she loves to be outside in the sun and in the (dry) grass. She snores naps nearby while I’m working on my laptop. She’s always just a few feet away. Especially when I’m cooking.

12. I may be biased, but if you’ve met Amber, you may agree. Amber is the best dog ever. ;)

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

Amber is too cute for words!!! I love that she doesn’t jump up on you. :-) Love learning the back story on how you came to own her!!

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Aggies Kitchen January 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

We are so spoiled! She doesn’t even jump on couches or beds. She only jumps to get in the car :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

“Amber is stinking precious” should be #13 on the list. What a sweetheart! I’m in love already – but don’t tell my furbabies. They may get jealous ;)

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Aggie January 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

:) you have some sweet fur babies too! Wish we could get them all together to play.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

loved this aggie. dogs are just the best. Sometimes i literally tear up bc i love mine so much!

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Erica January 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Dogs are the best! Amber is such a cutie- love her story.

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Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen January 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I know I just met her but I love her! What a face!

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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I love her. We had a big rescue girl named Mabel who was the most amazing dog ever. She passed 2 years ago and we are still not over it.

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Cookin Canuck January 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

She looks like such a sweet girl, and I’m sure she is a treasured member of the family. I had to laugh when you mentioned that Amber howled at the blender and firetrucks. Growing up, we had a basset hound name Rosey. Every time I pulled out my flute and hit the high notes, she started to howl along. It was a great party trick!

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kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

Awww, I enjoyed reading about Amber, and your photos as well. Simon is my companion and strongly encourages me to get out and walk–even if I think it’s too cold!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I have been walking more with Amber to keep her weight down and it’s such a mutual benefit – love it! And I love the name Simon :)

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Steph January 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

Amber is too dang cute for words!!! Thanks for the smile:0)

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I love sharing smiles! Thank you! :)

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Sandy @ RE January 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

Oh, Aggie, Amber is beautiful. I bet your kids are so in love with her, too. Love this post!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

she is definitely loved, such a sweetie, thanks friend :)

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Kim | At Home With Kim January 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Oh I love Amber…. Such a sweet sweet girl. You caught such beautiful pictures of her!!!! LOVE this post.

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I’m sure Amber would love a back scratch from you my friend!! :)

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Wanda @ My Sweet Zepol January 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Aggie, that is a beautiful story. Amber is precious, her color matches her name perfectly!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I couldn’t see her with any other name :) Thanks so much Wanda!

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Sheila January 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

Awe Aggie this is the sweetest post ever. Thanks for sharing your special pooch with us.

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

thank you Sheila! :)

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JulieD January 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

I loved reading all about Miss Amber. She’s so sweet!!! I totally have to bring Angel over for them to meet next time!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I think Angel and Amber would have a blast! :)

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Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama January 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

Such a cute doggie!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Jamie :)

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Brittany January 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Such a great post! I own two cats and I feel the same way about them. It definitely sounds like you have both added to each other’s lives.

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

awww, thanks! We really have! Pets are so special!

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karen January 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

You both sound lucky to have found each other. She is gorgeous!

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Kristen February 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Oh I love Amber so much! Rescue dogs are the best, I’m discovering. I just want to reach out and pet that belly of hers in the last picture… you can tell she’s getting ready to roll over just for that!

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