Written by: Jaci Brillon
Editor’s Note: My colleague Shawn Brillon’s wife, Jaci, is constantly posting beautiful photos of their dogs on Facebook, so I asked if we could use some here on the Orvis Dogs blog. She took the opportunity to introduce all her babies.
Lillie: I am a lovable and cuddly six-year-old French Bull Mastiff. I joined the family as an eight-week-old pup from Massachusetts. I was a gift to my skin brother, Riley, for his 12th birthday. I weigh in at 117 pounds. Size does not matter. I enjoy spending my time playing ball, hiking, and going for rides. My favorite foods are spinach, treats, eggs, and carrots. My nicknames are Lil’ Lil, Slobber girl, and Liller. I really miss my fur sister Sheba. She died of canine cancer almost four years ago. That is when Lexi joined the family. I love her, but hate it when she thinks I am her couch. Maybe she wants to go for a piggy back ride. I will tolerate it. . .for now.
Lexi: I am a bouncy brindle Boxer. I am three-and-a-half years old. I weigh 54 pounds. I think I am the queen. I enjoy running, going to West Mountain Animal Hospital Doggie Day Camp, hiking, and getting piggy back rides from my big sis, Lillie. I just love her to pieces. I know that she misses our older sister Sheba(I am sad that I never got to meet her. I hear that she was a fantastic fur child.) Canine Cancer sucks. I love hearing stories about her. Like the time she ate Daddy’s Orvis rod. (It was even in the case.) Mommy had to take her for a ride so Daddy would not be mad at her when he got home from work. I am the real baby of the family. I am in denial that there is a new baby in the house. Mommy says that I will always be her baby. I love my new sister, Maggie, but I want to be able to box her now, not later. Daddy says that I have to wait until Maggie gets bigger before I can play rough.
Maggie the Magpie: Hello, my name is Maggie. I am a Boston Terrier. Mommy really wanted a new baby, and Daddy finally gave in. I joined the family two weeks ago. I was born on March 14, 2014. I just visited the Dogtor today. Dogtor Bo is Lexi’s veterinarian too. He is so friendly. He gave me a puppy check, and I weighed in at 7.8 lbs. He said I am in great health. I love to follow my big sisters around, cuddle, run around the yard, and chew things. Sometimes I chew things that I should not. I am learning to figure out what is acceptable to chew and what is not. I am the baby. Lexi is just going to have to get over that. I can not wait to start training classes at West Mountain Animal Hospital with mommy. I was fitted today for my Easy Walker harness. I can not wait to learn how to walk, sit, and stay. I look forward to having Mommy post pictures of my growth.
Riley is our skin brother. He joined the family in 2002 when he was six-and-a-half years old. He is turned 18 yesterday! Sometimes he DRIVES us around town! He loves to hike with us, and cuddle. He is a good brother. We love him very much. He taught us how to play soccer, fetch, and sometimes video games.
Jaci Brillon is a photographer who lives in North Bennington, Vermont. You can see more of her photos one her Facebook page.