Monday, June 17, 2013

November 12, 1955 The Move, The Once Over and The Long-Promised Dog

Meet Pretzel!
Dear Mother & Daddy,

"The past week sort of seems like a dream.  We worked so hard that the week went too fast.  The day after we signed the papers we started to bring little things up here.  Every time the car was out we would bring a load.  The house was dusty so we went over it all with the sweeper and then I painted the living room walls one day.

The movers set everything in place so by Wednesday night we were all moved except for a few things we wanted to move ourselves.  I got those yesterday and gave the old place a quick once over.  It is rented already and we will be reimbursed for the rent we had paid for this month.  The people bought our coal and part of my drapes.  They couldn't be used here.  We have some curtains at part of the windows but they don't fit.  They will do until we can do better.  We're going to take our tie and get what we want so we may still be without curtains when you come.  We're trying to make out our rug order tonight.

We love our house.  There is so much room and closet space.  We are all so happy.  This big kitchen is going to be lived in.

We finally got the long promised dog.  He is a nine month old dachshund and is pedigreed--a very nice dog.  The people had to sell him because they were moving into an apartment where dogs were not allowed.  Bob and Ann had a time going to sleep after having so much fun with the dog.

Have you decided what day you are coming?  Bessie didn't know in her last letter.  I must write to them soon and tell them how to find our house.  It will be nice to have you all come.  I wish Beulah and the others could come too."

                       Lots of love,


NOTE:  At about 6 years old, I started collecting china dogs, as did most of my friends.  After having been packed away for several decades, I managed to find the few remaining.


  1. Oh Ann I absolutely love Dachshunds. They hold a special place in my heart. Our first dog was a female tan Dachshund and we named her Tammy. My younger sister and I would dress Tammy in old baby clothes and push her around in my dolly pram. Tammy was indeed patient spurred on because she knew there would be a treat when the game was over. My sister and I would snuggle up on the sofa with Tammy and watch TV. Most of my childhood memories involve Tammy. It was indeed sad when she passed away. Thanks for the lovely post about your Dachshund :-)

  2. Ooohh, Ann, both Pretzel and your china dog figurine collection are so, so wonderfully darling! Two huge thumbs and paws up for these sweet puppy filled post from Annie and I.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. Thank you for sharing the sweet story of Tammy! She sounds like a wonderful and patient friend! It seems that Dachshunds were very popular at the time. Our friends, the Wattersons, had one as well and they got theirs just before we got Pretzel. His name was Eric! Pretzel was named after the book by Margaret Rey.

  4. Hi Jessica and Annie! I wish I still had the other china dogs but of course they were not really meant to be sturdy toys and were played with a lot and they were often broken. The darker one pictured had 6 pups, all hooked together on a little chain. It seems that kids still collect them and they are popular items in gift shops at truck stops and tourist stops along the roads around here. Thanks for writing!

  5. Pretzel was a great dog. He loved to wrestle. I would put on gloves so he could bite (gently) my hands and hang on while we played tug of war. It was his favorite thing to do with me. Every time he saw me and gloves he would get excited and want to play. But he was a hound and loved to roam.


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