It’s been a big weekend at Jimmydog! Freddie, our semi-retired chief canine officer and our very best girl, turned 16. She’s growing up so fast! We’re thrilled to have had so many good years with her and were overjoyed to celebrate her special day. And, honestly, 2018 has been a tough, tough year for our pack. It feels good to have a happy event. We took her for a special outing and showered with her treats and bones. Read on to see what she’s got planned for herself.
I’m turning 16! Sweet 16! And you know what that means: I can drive by myself!
Oh, the freedom! No more waiting for Todd to finish a pet portrait or convincing Stephanie to take me along on an errand. I can go wherever and whenever I want all by myself. And I know just where I’ll go: Triad Park, Horizons Park, Bethania Park, Miller Park, Shaffner Park, Quarry Park, then back to Triad Park because it’s my favorite, then back to Horizons Park because it’s my second favorite and so on and so on.
I can drive over to my pal Max’s house to pick him up and then swing by and get Biscuit, who lives around the corner from Max. Biscuit just turned 17 and is super sophisticated. She’s been going to bars with her people since she was a puppy and even has a collection of evening-wear collars — black with metal studs for the biker bars, rhinestones for the upscale bistros. She knows the best places for grabbing a cold drink of water or dog watching, and I bet she can get us into all the hotspots with just a tail wag to the bouncer.
If I’m feeling really adventurous — and when am I not feeling adventurous?— I might even drive over to Greensboro and fetch (fetch, get it?!) my little buddy Guilford, who just celebrated his own birthday. Guilford has learned a lot from me over the years, convincing his mom not only to take him for several walks, but also a daily car ride. With all his time on the road, Guildford soon will be ready to get behind the wheel himself, though, as a little guy, he’ll need a booster seat, or a tiny car.
Hmm. With all the driving I’ll be doing, I hope someone thought to get me a gift card to a gas station for my birthday — and maybe a cute purse to carry it in. I bet Todd will surprise me with both during an extra-special Sweet 16 bone time.
But dogs don’t drive, you say. Pshaw, I say. Dogs don’t usually become chief canine officers for a renowned pet portrait and graphic design company but I did — and was just a pup when I got the job. You might call me a prodigy. (And if you do, can you explain to me what that means? I heard it said about an 11-year-old boy who graduated from college and it seems like he and I are pretty much the same in terms of being over-achievers.)
If you recall, I got my learner’s permit when I turned 15 but that was just a formality because I’ve been practicing driving all my life. And by practicing, I mean watching Todd and Stephanie drive when I’m not looking out the car window, taking a nap in the back seat or asking, “Are we there yet?”
But driving by yourself is easy enough: I stick a key under the circle thing (I’ve been practicing doing that using my teeth), then push the stick thing into gear with my paw and go. I need a little help getting the car door open at first, but otherwise, I’m set.
Oh, and now that I think about these outings I have planned, I’ll need someone to carry the car keys while I explore the many parks. Don’t want to drop those in the underbrush when I’m hot on the trail of a chipmunk. Also, I’ll need someone to carry that cute new purse with the gas station gift card in it. Can’t have a heavy bag weighing me down on my walks. I wonder if Todd and Stephanie would be willing to do that for me?
And what do I do on those days when Max, Biscuit or Guilford can’t hang with me? Max keeps his schedule packed with squirrel chasing while Guilford’s equally busy with cozy naps under the covers of his mom’s bed. And Biscuit is not only a gal about town, she’s often a gal out of town. Worldly girl that she is, she travels a lot.
What fun will it be to go to all the parks by myself?
OK, new plan. Even though I’m perfectly capable of driving myself and now of legal age to do so, I will only go places if Todd or Stephanie can go, too. There, that’s a great plan. I’ll drive and they can co-pilot, which is good because I haven’t found a navigational app that gives directions in Woof, my first language.
I’m liking this new plan more and more. Think how much fun Todd and Stephanie will have hanging their heads out the window, the wind blowing in their tiny human ears. They can even curl up for a nap in the back seat if they want.
I can’t wait to tell Todd and Stephanie my plans. I hope I get that gift card and purse or, dare I dream, a new car? That would be so exciting. But whatever I get, there are no better gifts than the ones I’ve already received — a long, happy life with the greatest people ever.
Yours in dogness,
Happy birthday Freddie! Today, our Chief Canine Officer is Sweet 16. Her celebration will include a long walk, her favorite beef stew dinner, lots of treats and love. We’re grateful that she still loves doing all her favorite things. To help her celebrate, she’d love lots of good wishes and photos of her pet friends.
Ho! Ho! Oh, no! There’s still time to give your loved one a truly thoughtful, unique gift they’ll treasure forever, a custom portrait.
A custom portrait of a beloved pet or family member is a unique gift that becomes a treasured keepsake and valued piece of art. Todd creates portraits from photos using pencil, colored pencil or acrylic paint. Sizes to fit any budget. Gift certificates also available.
Helper Elf and Chief Canine Officer Freddie is ready to take your order!
It’s #CyberMonday and take it from Sadie, shopping with Jimmydog is so easy, you don’t even have to leave your chair to order a custom pet portrait for all the animal lovers in your life. Gift certificates available. Contact us today!!
Starting today and for the next 10 days, be looking for all the reasons that Freddie recommends a custom pet portrait as the perfect holiday gift. When you’re ready to order she recommends:
Visitng our website at Jimmydog.com, calling us at 336-201-7475 or emailing us at email@example.com. And don’t forget: We also offer gift certificates. They make great gifts, too!
And because you don’t have to worry about your holiday shopping anymore may she suggests you tackle another item on your holiday to-do list, like making dog cookies for your favorite canine pals. (She likes the ones shaped like squirrels!)
And for those who would like to read her complete holiday shopping blog now, go to this link
The holidays are just around the corner and Jimmydog’s Chief Canine Officer Freddie realizes it can be a stressful time for people. Always wanting to help, she’s put together a holiday gift guide that will make your holiday shopping quick, easy and stress free. Even better: The loved ones on your list will receive a thoughtful, meaningful gift they’ll truly cherish.
I don’t buy many gifts because I don’t have anywhere to keep money and haven’t gotten the hang of online shopping. But the holidays are coming up and I know you’ve got plenty of shopping to do. So, I’m offering my services. Think of me as one of Santa’s elves or your personal shopper.
Here’s what I suggest: Commission custom portraits by Todd Belcher for all your loved ones (or at least for your most beloved loved one!). You might be saying, “Of course, Freddie would suggest that.” Yes. Of course, I would suggest that—because a specially commissioned custom portrait of a favorite pet, beloved family member or cherished friend is The Perfect Gift.
This isn’t just my well-considered opinion. It’s a fact. For the next 10 days, I will give you wonderful reasons that a custom portrait is the bestest gift you can give.
1. A custom portrait is unique. At Jimmydog, we work with each client to create a one-of-a-kind portrait. You choose the medium (pencil, colored pencil or acrylics) and the size (from 8×10 to 24×30; custom sizes, too). And using your photos, together we’ll come up with the best composition, color palette and background for your portrait. (I often weigh in on these important decisions because I’ve developed quite an eye for these things!)
Dear Stephanie & Todd,
One night over bones, Joey and I got to talking about how much you seem to like these letters from us – we make sure to tune our TV to channel 740 to watch you open and read each one. And we thought maybe other people would like updates from their pets who’ve crossed the Rainbow Bridge, too.
So, we set out to explore other neighborhoods and see who we could find. On the day of our most recent outing, Joey and I needed to get back to our neighborhood by midafternoon to welcome new arrivals (remember in our last letter we told you about our jobs as ambassadors for the Rainbow Bridge Newcomers Club), so we called a LegLyft. Just give a “woof” and one of the yellow driverless cars shows up. We love LegLyfts – all the windows stay rolled down so we can catch all the smells with our noses. You should see Joey’s ears fly as we speed off!
The first neighborhood we came to looks a lot like ours: little houses for each pack of animals, plenty of streams and woods to explore, a food court in the center, and a grassy park for big meetings and parties.
Those are pretty much standard features for every neighborhood, and then each has its own cool stuff, too, like neighborhoods with lot of cats have ropes courses with climbing towers. (Cats love to scurry up towers and look down on us dogs!)
This new neighborhood we visited had a giant mud pit next to the central park and that’s where we found Teak and his pal Austin, who invited us in to play. We shouldn’t have been surprised, but guess who else we ran into there? Bear the pig, Esther’s friend from Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary
Bear was happier than a pig in, well, you know! Bear was there with his dog friends Shelby and Reuben, who we helped welcome to this side of the Rainbow Bridge last summer, and Alice, their enormous dog friend who had just the briefest stay with Esther and her family before crossing the bridge. Alice is a big beautiful girl who towers over Shelby and Reuben and then giant Bear stands up and she looks tiny! They are all doing great together, playing a lot and, of course, keeping a close on eye on all their many friends back at the sanctuary in Canada. Esther’s pals have made some new friends since they got here and were hanging out that day with Elvis (a cute little guy dog, not the singer) and Elvis’ friends Jordon and Bailey. (I think I spied Elvis and Shelby smooching, but I can’t be sure. Elvis might have been licking off a speck of mud on Shelby’s nose, like any considerate boy would do.)
After we were good and tired, Teak said he was hungry and asked if we wanted to grab a snack. We sure did! We said goodbye to everyone and climbed out of the mud bog, instantly clean and dry. (No baths with those stinky shampoos here — ever! Oh, except for the birds. They love a good splish-splash!) Teak is a white husky so the three of us looked quite handsome together—a trio of shiny, fluffy white dogs trotting over to the food court where we settled down under a table. Joey and I ordered a plate of ribs to share (mostly so we could chew the bones) and Teak got a bowl of chicken soup, a plate of chicken livers, eggs and a pupuccino. That pup can eat!
With our connections on the Newcomers Club, we have access to reports on all the animals’ previous lives. Teak’s mom and all the friends he made through Stepping Stones Canine Rescue took great care of him, but he had serious health problems, spent a lot of time with the special vets and never could put on much weight. Boy, things have changed! He’s definitely husky now (Ha! Another joke!). Like all the animals here, Teak only remembers the love and good times from his other life, none of the bad, and we would never remind him about it. As Newcomers Club members, we took a secrecy oath by peeing on a sacred tree and we take that very seriously.
Teak wanted to show us his house and once we got there, we could see why. He and Austin have the biggest toy box, full of plushies, balls and chewies. Teak dove into the pile, tossing Joey and me his favorites to play with. What a generous guy! Too soon, it was time for us to go.
We said our goodbyes but right as we were woofing for another LegLyft, we saw Teak’s next-door neighbor Kingston heading down the path in his red trailblazer shoes. In his previous life, Kingston had to wear shoes for traction. Now he wears his ruby “Wizard of Oz” footwear as a fashion statement. And although both his ears work great now, he likes to keep the right one folded down like he did before. We were so taken with Kingston’s spiffy look, we almost didn’t see his little buddy Java. We knew they were together though because where you see one you always see the other— truly BFFFs, best fur friends forever. They had late lunch reservations at Che Kibble, Kingston’s favorite fancy restaurant, where they serve tasting bowls of kibble and flights of toilet water from around the world. For dessert, they were planning on stopping by Pancakes Aren’t Just for People, a little stand in the food court that serves pancakes and waffles all day long. They invited us to join them but we had to get going. It had been a long, busy day and we still had work to do in our own ’hood.
On our way home, Joey and I talked about what good lives everyone enjoys here. When Teak and Kingston lived on the other side of the bridge, their people talked a lot about what lucky dogs they were – that was true! And here, that lucky streak continues forever, for all of us!
Tail wags and doggy kisses!
Jimmy (and Joey)
P.S. We can’t figure out how to send letters anywhere other than your house. Maybe you can pass these updates from our friends along to their people through the Googlewebernet or InstaFace – you know what we mean, those computer things that people can’t stop scrolling through. We’ll write more soon!
From the lovely Luna and all of us here at Jimmydog Pet Portraits (even CCO Freddie), Happy National Cat Day.
We believe that every cat should have a forever home where they are safe, warm, loved, cherished and regarded as FAMILY.
We believe that cats are PURfect best friends and are among the funniest animals on the planet.
We believe that life just isn’t the same without a cat in it.
We believe in adoption to help reduce the number of unwanted cats that flood shelters and rescues every day.
We believe in spaying & neutering as a way to end the suffering and overpopulation of cats around the globe.
We believe that no matter where a cat comes from, being a cat parent is a precious gift and a responsibility one should not take lightly. Please make sure you can properly care for a cat before you commit to opening your heart and home.