When I walked in the house today for just a moment I forgot… and then the sad reality that you were gone hit me hard. After 13 plus years of you greeting me with not just a tail wag but a whole butt wag as if to say “Mommy, you are home… finally, I’ve been waiting and waiting!” would be no more.
In 1998 when I reluctantly moved to Los Angeles from NYC one of the things that sweetened a bittersweet situation was that I could get a puppy! No more NYC apartment… I would rent a little house in Venice with a yard, minutes from my new office and I would have a dog.
I went to pick you up from the breeder – there you were, a bundle of dark fur with the sweetest face. And oh what a kisser! As a wink to living in Venice and in honor of your affectionate nature you were named “Tanti Baci of Venice” (translations many kisses from Venice)…a funny name for a purebred Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Your breed is not Italian in origin but it suited you and me.
“Baci” for short and for always… you were a character from day one. I was your loving Doggy Mommy but a pretty lousy puppy trainer. So you were often getting in trouble… a runner, a food stealer, and sometimes a carpet pee-er – but always true to your name – a big kisser – affectionate, sweet, lovable. Strong, willful, funny…you were such joy for me in those first lonely years here in LA with no family offering me comfort and unconditional love. You were the inspiration for the branding of my freelance design business…and when Cole came into the picture…always a loving big, furry brother to him. I remember when he would cry as a baby you’d come running in almost howling to me “don’t you know the baby is crying!” You were his pillow, his playmate and his first puppy.
Cole is sad… I am sad… there is emptiness in our home and our hearts.
I will miss you over and over again. Thank you for being my sweet dog.
Love and lots of kisses
Jeannine Chanin-Penn… xoj9 | event curator | smart & beautiful events…Proud Doggy Momma to Baci for over 13 years… My son, my husband, lobster & the color purple make me happy…