How We Got
By Rick & Maggie Schmude
Ch. Sqwires Playing With Fire and Ch. Hiwire Pinball Wizard
My husband Rick and
I mourned a long time when our beloved schnauzer, Fella, died 12 years ago.
He was a dear little beast and, my husband said, "No more dogs for a
while, if ever. I can't go through
this again. It hurts too much."
At that time, our last son was going off to college and an empty nest,
including no dogs, seemed to make sense.
Fast forward to
about seven years ago: we moved to
I grew up with an
English grandmother who spent many hours telling me stories about her
wire-haired terrier, a cute little guy named Paddy.
Since that time, I had always wanted a wire.
We were also great fans of the Thin Man films, and greatly enjoyed
Asta's antics. Since I knew that it
would probably take a while before we could find a breeder and even longer
before we could get a puppy, I started searching the Internet to see who around
here bred wires. I started with the
I was astounded at
how much information Diane had on her site.
Both Rick and I read almost the entire site, first to see whether or not
a wire was the right dog for us, and second, to find out what the procedure was
to get on Diane's breeding list. Rick
also learned about therapy dogs from the AfterAll page, and thought that that
was something he'd really like to do. We
had already decided that whatever dog we got would receive obedience training,
and working with therapy dogs seemed to both of us as a way to give back to our
Thinking that this would still be down the road I while, I called Diane. She called me back and we spent 45 minutes on the phone. The grilling she gave me was like applying for a mortgage! I knew then and there that she was the right person to get our dog from. Her foremost concern was finding the right home for the dog. Did we have a fenced yard? Who was home during the day? Did we realize that these were active dogs that needed exercise? Finally, she said, "Would you be interested in a retired show dog? Phoenix is going to be bred once more, and then she'll be ready for a forever home."
Phoenix With Her Puppies...a tri boy & three ginger girls
Rick and I talked
about it, since it was really earlier than we had anticipated.
He preferred having an older dog and neither of us cared what sex it was.
We made arrangements to come and visit the kennel, and meet Diane and
Phoenix Goes Home
Well, all it took
was one look at
The "no furniture" rule lasted about 5 minutes!
We met Bing on one
of our visits to Diane's kennel. He
had just had knee surgery and was crated most of the time we were there, since
he was still recov
Phoenix & Bing go to "Hawk Watch" and play on the beach!
It didn't take more
than a week to know that Bing was staying. Just as
Phoenix Goes Shopping & Bing Gets His Turn Too!
A nice fenced yard, a tug toy and a pal to play with....It's a good life!
These dogs have totally changed our lives. We waited a long time for them, and both of us agree that they were worth the wait. They are wonderful companions, and they make us laugh every day. Not only did we get two wonderful new family members, but Diane and Mark became friends. Diane is a terrific teacher, and we are continually learning from her about how to care for and groom our wires.
Agility Training & Fun With Maggie & Rick At AfterAll
Thanks, Diane for
all the time and care you put into your dogs.
They've made our lives so much richer, and filled an empty place that we
didn't even realize we had. We look
forward to many years with our canine companions, and many years of friendship