Leland was a cream-colored chihuahua-terrier mix. That's what it said on his Rocket Dog Rescue info sheet, anyway. I guess he could just be "white" but "cream" sounds nicer, doesn't it? Rocket Dog got him from a shelter in Los Banos and then gave him to us. The first time he came to our house for an audition he promptly pooped in the hallway, twice. I think he was just nervous. We still took him.
Leland loved the beach a lot. He also loved Bernal Hill and Stern Grove and McLaren Park and a good sunny spot.
He would throw back his head and howl along with you if you got close to him and went "WOOOOOOO." He also flipped the fuck out if anyone rang the doorbell. The first time the doorbell rings and I don't hear maniacal barking is going to be tough.
Leland slept in bed, under the covers, on his back or on his side, pressed up against The Wife like a hot water bottle. He would chase toys and bring them back to you, but only inside. Chasing toys is a private activity.
Leland got lymphoma and we have to put him to sleep today. He's been a part of our life for so long it's hard to imagine it without him. No more dog-shaped indentations in the pillows on the bed. No more dog hovering by the baby's high chair, waiting for her to drop food to him. No more lying in the sun. No more trips to the beach.
We love you, little guy. Thanks for always being there for us. Thanks for being such a good dog.