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Never was a cornflake dog

 

Considering the current makeup of our home pack, I might come off like a big dog person.

It’s not true.

I love all dogs in general and my own forever and foster dogs in particular, but I really love dogs so little I can scoop them up, snuggle them against my face and carry them into the next room.

A recent interaction with a five-pound yorkshire terrier named Sissy really drove this home for me.

I am sure there is a psychological reason for my desire for an animal that I can totally dominate and stuff in a purse. But I just blame this dog:

Tori is the first tiny dog I ever owned. She lives with my mom.

At my demand, my family acquired this tri-colored rat terrier my junior year of high school. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Tori Amos and dealing with typical teenage angst. The bossy little dog provided great company and something for me to focus on.

In her almost 13 years, Tori has lived up to all of the stereotypes of small dogs — yappy, snappy and just plain adorable.

Although she doesn’t like most people or dogs (nor they her), when Scooby came into my life five years ago, and I was living down the street from my mother, Tori graciously accepted him as a friend. (Who wouldn’t?)

Scooby’s exact age is unknown, but due to their similarly decreasing energy levels, old dog breath and rapidly increasing gray-face, we estimate that these two little ones are about the same age. I hope they both stick around forever, but since that’s unlikely and I don’t get to see Tori very often, I asked Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn to make me a keepsake.

Mine is different from the one I gave my mom for Christmas.

My music tastes have changed a lot over the years, but I will always have a soft spot for Tori Amos, whose powerful perspective as a lyricist helped me find my own feminist voice.

Zach is a rather vocal non-fan of Ms. Amos, but I often remind him that we fell in love on the same evening that I last saw her in concert.

In honor of that fact and my first tiny dog, here’s one of my all-time favorite Tori songs, “Spark.”

Are you a big dog person or a little dog person?

Either way, you can order your own custom magnet by e-mailing kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

Black and white image courtesy Stacy Ideus Photography.

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