For someone who lives alone, I have a great deal of company in this house. Here are profiles of the five full-time and one part-time Pets of the Realm.
Full name: CH Falcon Mes Yeux Vigilants, CGC (CH – Champion; CGC – Canine Good Citizen)
4-year-old male Beauceron dog
Function: Guard, sentry, loyal companion, occasional silly goose
Most likely to be found: staring at me from very close range
Favorite things: Attention from people he likes, Bully sticks, order in his kingdom.
Most appealing quality: kind tolerance of anything not a squirrel.
Full name: Jeremiah Mes Yeux Vigilants
Six-month-old male Beauceron dog
Function: Apprentice and assistant to Falcon
Most likely to be found: trotting around the house squeaking a toy in his mouth
Favorite things: Food, fetch, Falcon
Most appealing quality: cheerful, relaxed attitude toward life.
photo by cryrolfe photography
Full name: Aksum Hobnob of Arkenstone
4-year-old male Abyssinian cat (chocolate)
Function: Official household greeter
Most likely to be found: Someplace comfortable
Favorite things: freeze-dried chicken, yogurt, head-butting and paw-patting people he likes
Most appealing quality: Great friendliness and calm
Full name: BlueRiver Silver and Gold
3-year-old female Abyssinian cat (blue torbie)
Most likely to be found: curled up on the back of the couch if no lap is available
Favorite things: yogurt, warm places, being brushed
Most appealing quality: coziness
Former name: Allegra (Elsa just seems to fit her better)
Five-month-old female Somali cat (silver black)
Function: Look beautiful and be cute & entertaining
Most likely to be found: busily exploring the house
Favorite things: riding on my shoulders, following Hobnob around, playing with toys on strings
Most appealing quality: sweet happy kitten energy
Full name: Int. CH MGL’s Personal Ensign (Int. CH – International Champion)
13-year-old male Papillon dog
Function: to be dear and old
Most likely to be found: very soundly asleep in a soft dog bed
Favorite things: string cheese, K9 Nose Work, the company of the few people he really likes.
Most appealing quality: When he gets very happy, he finds a dog toy, play-bows in front of it, and barks at it. He also ‘stalks’ the water bowl every single time he gets a drink.
Leo spends part of his time here and part with my ex-husband.