Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I love this pic of Tramp. When he get's his summer cut, it reveals the black stripe down his back - it makes him even cuter.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to write this post but it is long overdue.

Tramp came into my life close to sevens years ago now. It was a stormy night and my mom was trying to get the Thanksgiving groceries into the house without getting totally drenched when she looked down there was this soaked but adorable dog. Tramp, as he would become known, started jumping on my mom with his tail wagging a mile a minute.

My mom didn't have the heart to send Tramp back into the storm and decided she'd care for him while trying to find his owners. This was fine with my 7 year old nephew who wanted a dog of his own. Christopher bathed Tramp, walked and fed him and spent too much time playing and falling in love with him. Asking people in the neighborhood, calling the shelter and placing an ad didn't find Tramp's  owners. It was decided that Christopher would get Tramp for Christmas. 

I came home for the holidays and having heard all about Tramp. On the night of the 23rd, I had just walked Tamp and my dog Truvy and as I was taking of their leashes, Tramp pushed the door open and was gone like a shot. This wasn't the first time Tramp had made a break for it, he had taken off several times but my nephew was always able to catch him. I chased after him for over a mile but every time I got close , he'd just sprint away. I knew I had just broken my nephew's heart and dreams and ruined his Christmas.
I love letting Tramp's fur grow out and getting all fluffy!
He is a pedigree Cairn Terrier (same as Toto), is almost ten years old and about 3 lbs overweight which is a lot when you only weigh 20 lbs, but we're working on it.
But I also love his summer cut. (taken the same day as above)
We searched the neighborhood, checked the shelters and eventually placed an ad. Nothing. Then, one day, about a month after Tramp took off, we got a call. This college kid had found Tramp and like us, had taken care of him will trying to find his owners. It turns out, he had found Tramp's owners but didn't like them. He said that they seemed disappointed to have Tramp returned and he felt bad leaving him there. After speaking with my mom, they came up with a plan for him to go to the house and ask them if he could take Tramp because he had really grown attached to him. They said yes instantly. Unfortunately for my nephew, his grandfather (my sister's family lived in his house and cared for him) changed his mind and  said no to Tramp. 

I decided to adopt Tramp because I thought he'd be good company for Truvy. I was now single and Truvy, who was used to having a stay-at-home daddy and a big yellow lab for company while I was at work, was now single too. They got along great but Truvy is a true alfa dog and Tramp is more like a laid back surfer dude who really likes to chill out.

I named Tramp after the Tramp in Lady and the Tramp because of his desire to take off. It was the night I chased after him that I said, "If we ever get him back we should name him Tramp." After all these years, he'll still take off but I've come to the conclusion that he's not running away so much as he's running to something. He has grown much more affectionate, playful and loving. 

Tramp's favorite spot only he's usually sleeping.


  1. He is so cute...those eyes, Im not surprised at all that you fell in love.

    Steven Anthony
    Man Dish~Metro Style
    Life in the fish bowl

  2. Sean, he's really cute! When do we get a post about Truvy?

  3. He is a cutie!
    I love the name Truvy. We need a post on her.

  4. Thanks! I wish I could take credit for his cuteness but it's all him.

    I'll repost my post Introducing Miss Truvy in a day of two but if you can't wait, here's the link.

  5. Good for Tramp - great for you.

    IF heaven exists, there is a special place for those who rescue animlas (just like there's a special place in hell for those who abuse them!).

    It's nice the stars aligned and you all found and refound each other.

  6. Looks like a different dog with the cut :o)

  7. That is one cute dog and I love how he looks completely different with the summer cut.

  8. OMG, he's so similar to Bandit, also a brindle Cairn and also with the black stripe down his back when he gets a haircut. And, Bandit is exactly 3 pounds overweight...23 lbs. Too funny. They could be long, lost brothers!

    The only difference, Bandit is definitely not laid back. He is the alpha-dog.

    Great story...thanks for sharing!

  9. They've all said it: he is adorable. He's a tease and I think he knows it. ;)

  10. He looks just like my dog. She is a mixed Cairn Terrier and Bichon Frise and she has that dark strip going down her back also. Omg. so cute.

  11. That's such a nice story, Sean. I'm very glad that you found him, kept him, and that he's settled down a bit and gotten comfortable with his home.
    It's so sweet to think about our animal companions. They are truly wonderful companions and give us so much.

    Best wishes to all of you.

  12. He's adorable (and looks a lot like my mom's Cairn Terrier, Tucker!)

  13. Sweet story Sean. Nice to know his background. Sounds like you were meant to have Tramp. He is very lucky to have such a great dad.


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