Around this time last year it was a real challenge to find a new pet, as everyone started working from home and wanted a “Pandemic Pal” by their feet. Thankfully, Monique’s diligence paid off, and now Midnight has been her constant companion, bringing her joy in what was clearly a crazy year!
1. What is your name and how long have you been playing Solitaire TriPeaks?
Monique, for about 2 years.
2. What is the name of this little bundle of cuteness?
3. What breed or type is Midnight?
He’s an 8-year old Cairn Terrier (think Toto, from the Wizard of Oz!)
4. How did Midnight? come into your life?
When the pandemic began and I started working from home, like many many other people, I looked for a dog to adopt. Even though I would check the adoption websites several times a day, I would miss out on dogs that seemed to fit our lifestyle, often being the 2nd or 3rd person in line. The same thing happened with Midnight, who I found through a more regional website – I was the 2nd person to reply! Ugh. When person #1 did not show up to see him, the owner (who was moving to a home that could not have a dog) called me back. I went straightaway and Midnight came home with me that day. It was meant to be!
5. What’s the cutest thing he does?
#sploot! The photo to the right is a “#sploot” on a birthday!
6. What’s the one thing you wish he would stop doing?
Really, nothing! He’s super cute, friendly, and he rarely barks. In nearly a year of owning him, I’ve heard him bark fewer than 10 times!
7. How does Midnight encourage you to keep playing TriPeaks?
He lays on top of me while I’m playing TriPeaks – can’t move till I’m all done.
8. What’s the funniest story you have about something Midnight has done?
Cairn Terriers are one of the oldest breeds, bred to get rats and vermin out of the stone cairns in Scotland. When Midnight hears something below ground, especially around molehills or squirrel holes, he’ll stop, cock his head to listen carefully, and then stick as much of his snout and head into the ground, digging super fast to try to catch whatever is there. He’ll dig until his head disappears and when he’s missed out, he comes up, shakes it off, and trots off like he’s very proud of himself. Fortunately, he hasn’t done this to any plants or important areas in our yard!
9. Are you in a Club? If so, do they all know about him?
The Isle. No – don’t think we’ve talked about pets.
10. Do you have any final words you’d like to share regarding Midnight?
My partner and I think we’re the luckiest people to have Midnight in our lives. Adopting an older dog meant that we had some advantages: he was housetrained, he doesn’t chew up our shoes, and he is calm around kids and other people. While that’s not everyone’s experience, it has been ours. Plus, working from home with a dog makes me get out and walk through the neighborhood – I can’t play Solitaire TriPeaks during every break! (well…maybe)