Mikey Mouynés –aka
Mikeyviris (pronounced Mikeyveerees)- our English Cocker Spaniel,
was Daniel’s 6th Birthday present, almost 7 years ago. From day
one, he became part of Daniel’s group of friends, and you could
find him pulling the kids in skateboards or roller-blades or just
hanging around like another one of the guys.
& his 6-years-old
& his best buddy
To say that he’s
unique is such an understatement! Twice he got himself trapped in
the fridge, while sneaking to get some goodies, and more than once
he has fallen into the pool while being distracted by Skippy -the
cat-, a bird, or just because…
It took him –an
Englishman, you see- a while to understand the Havanese sense of
humor, but after a few weeks of total perplexity when Lola
arrived, he joined in and now participates in their “original”
Hav games, adding his own “vocal” participation to the fun.
Being a hunting dog, he’s quite a natural at howling. It took
him some time to teach his Hav pals to follow instructions (not
naturals in that department), and now you may hear the most
terribly out-of-tune chorus “serenade” us once in a while. A
good guy by nature, with an unmatched heart and tenderness, Mikey
is real easy to trick, or ask Lola and Candela about it!
Formerly known as
“Alejandra” –until two “tumors” grew on her private
parts (Yeah, right, you should have seen the Vet’s face when we
took “her” to get checked) - Alejandro just appeared at the
front door of Allegro, our store, on the eve of the Chinese New
Year, celebrating –yes, you guessed it- the Year of the Rabbit!
With that coincidence, and the fact that he chose us, we took his
arrival as a good omen and Alejandro came to live with us at our
apartment. Yes, back then, we were living in an apartment with
Alfie, Mikey, Puki –the hamster- and Ale, the rabbit.
Alejandro has made
us reconsider all our previous beliefs about bunnies being sweet
and fluffy babies you have to protect. Smart and savvy –like the
great Bugs- Alejandro became the sole owner of the apartment’s
laundry area and now of our new house too. He’d rather eat
spaghetti than the cliché carrot, and ice-cream –just eaten on
celebrations- drives him nuts. He comes when called, loves to be
pet –he pushes your hand to keep going should you dare to stop-,
and he lets Mikey – the hunting dog- know, in not so tender
ways, that he rules in his area of the house.
The only one that
stayed out of the … 3, 5, 10? cats that Daniel has “rescued”
since we moved to our new home -and that, for that matter, we have
had to look for a home outside the Mouynés Zoo-, Skippy has
taught us that being a cat does have its strong points. Being
confessed dog-people, it took an amazing cat to win us over. It was
really sweet to see Nicole and Daniel win his trust, one day at a
time. Ale’s best friend, it shouldn’t surprise you to find them
snuggled together. Maybe it was Alejandro who told him not to be
scared –when he arrived tiny and traumatized- to just relax,
because he had arrived at a great place.
But the Havanese
started to come in, one by one, and Skippy –as cool as a typical
cat- decided that he’d better find a more suitable place to take
his afternoon naps. We found that out when our neighbor called us
to let us know that the cat was taking his breaks in their bed!
“I’ll talk to him” –my husband calmly responded,
displaying a cool feline attitude unknown to us all!
Before we get to our
pals´photo album, we would like to share with you this story
When Alfie, my 14
year-old companion and Mikey’s partner, passed away, Mikey cried
during 3 consecutive nights. No matter what we tried to do to
appease him, he would just howled, the most heart-wrenching sound
you’ve ever heard.
Alfie always slept
in our room; he was always by my side. Mikey would choose between
my son’s or my daughter’s rooms, sometimes changing his mind
in the middle of the night and driving them crazy!!! Well, after
Alfie’s passing, he adopted me. There was no power on earth that
would make him leave my side. Not only did he sleep with us, he
would follow me around wherever I went.
In the meantime,
while looking for a companion with all of Alfie’s traits, I
discovered the Havanese. It was love at first sight. I had to wait
for months -that seemed like the longest time- for my first baby
Hav. Mikey waited with me, laid down besides me in my office while
I did my research, sent emails, and watched as many pictures of
Havanese as I could find.
Charlie was born in
Arizona on April 11, 2001, the same day that Alfie would have
turned 14. Not only that: he was black with white markings in
exactly the same places of Alfie’s markings! When I saw his
picture, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
That night, for the
first time in more than 5 months, Mikey went to sleep with my son.
Album of our friends.
are some cute pictures that we want to share with you. As
our Mom has started more and more to play with her digital camera,
we bet you'll see plenty more photographs of Mikey, Ale and Skippy
in the near future. Click on the picture to enlarge,
Daniel & Mikey, 1997
Always inside a box...
A home is not a home without music!
I gorgeous or what!
Xmas with my Havanese pals Lola & Charlie.
to pack the Cuban Relief Fund.
Happy B'day to Nicole, while she was at Prep School.
in his kingdom.
in the garden.
bundled up after a "swim" in the pool.
more Hav and I'm outta here.
this is life...
for the camera. OK: watching the neighbors house.