She was born April 12, 2009 to a black mother. We met her on the evening of June 12, 2009 right next to a small stage where some local bands were playing to a crowd of people enjoying the night cafe. The moment she was handed to me, I immediately fell in love with her. She was still very small then, I could hold her in the cup of my hands. So fragile, so trusting, white as snow. Her mother was also there, black as midnight, only the whites in her eyes could tell you she’s solid and not void.
A couple of hours earlier, I was at the office and I stumbled upon some online pictures of Kiera Knightley, who I think is simply lovely. So, then I was thinking of what name to give this cute thing. Kiera? Well the ‘k’ and the trill of the ‘r’ says ‘rough and beautiful’. But I decided to give her a name that is more wicked than that. Kiera starred in the movie called “Pirates of the Carribean”. Being in the company of pirates, she’s considered a pirate herself. A female bandit. Thus, this cute creature in my hands became known as ‘Bandit’. Pretty rough and callous name, don’t you think? But everytime I get home, I love to yell out “Where’s the bandit!?!”. And she would come running and jumping up into my arms.
I am not really very much savvy about her kind, but the friend who gave her to us said she’s a Chihuahua and Terrier mix. But I don’t really care what kind of pup she is or what her bloodline is. I only know that everyone in the family loves her and she’s become one member of the family we look for first as soon as we get home. Three days ago, I heard her first real bark as she tried to look fierce and menacing while playing with my kids. Actually, it sounds more like a yelp than a bark. But she was so serious in delivering that bark she surprised even herself that she could do that.
The first few days were terrible because we have to deal with her poop habit. She has not been trained yet in this matter and none of us know the first thing about training pups. My wife asked for tips from our neighbors who have dogs. Last night, I saw her went out the door and did her thing outside. Looks like whatever training she’s having is paying off. We also bought her some toys because we can’t focus on watching tv while she was playing and nibbling with our toes. Now she is focusing her energy on that tennis-ball-like thingy.
The bandit is our first family pet. The kids had been clamoring for a pet since long time ago. I was against it because I am sensitive to dust and fine things that gets to float in the air. But I recall having no doubts at all in my mind when I saw her for the first time that fateful night. We got to have her. And we never regretted having her.
Update: January 2010
Again, I’m not savvy about dog breeds, but the vet told us she’s a mix of Japanese Spitz and Chihuahua.