It’s not lost on me that I chose to talk about my little girls in the beginning of fall. Autumn and Harvest are our two youngest miniature Schnauzers. Not technically puppies anymore, they were born June 6th, 2017 and July 2nd, 2017 but they still have that puppy energy, which we really appreciate lately.
Corey and I went to look for one puppy last year. One. We had Parker and Hunter, and thought that one more would round out the crew. You know how it goes, you go look for one puppy and end up with three. (Right?) And we wound up with Autumn, Harvest and Stig. Totally normal for a dog lover.
Autumn and Harvest are not from same litter, but they are from the same breeder. Actually, they’re not related at all. They are a few months apart. And what baffles me each day is that even though they are from the same breeder, and mini-Schnauzers, they couldn’t look any different! Autumn has the traditional Schnauzer look complete with long legs, but Harvest looks different, as if she has a little bit of a Jack Russel Terrier in her. She has the Schnauzer hair and beard, but even runs more like a JRT.
Autumn has a personality that reminds me of my first Schnauzer, Casey. She can be grouchy, and she is temperamental when it comes to doling out affection – it’s on her terms, no matter what. She’s not a morning dog and lets you know. She takes a while to wake up, and I like to think of her as the dog equivalent of hitting the snooze button. She’s like a little kid when she gets tired at night: she wants to cuddle, will rub her eyes, and fusses around trying to get comfortable. For 20 minutes she’ll flop around, huff and puff, and try to soothe herself. Corey says she’s just like me, and I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you very much. Who doesn’t like to have her own space sometimes? For Autumn, it’s all on her terms. When she wants attention, she’ll sit on your lap and paw at you as if to say, “I’m here, pay attention to ME!” Until you do. (We’re trying to break this habit, even though it’s really sweet.)
Harvest, she’s the yin to Autumn’s yang – the complete opposite. I say this with love, she’s a little bit of a space cadet. But boy is she a cuddle bug. She doesn’t demand attention. Whenever you’re ready to cuddle, she’s always at the ready. Harvest is very playful and loves to run. She loves to run with Stig. She’s heartfelt and empathetic; never far away; and very in tune with others’ feelings. She is a very loving dog. She doesn’t know how to play with people, so she plays with Autumn and Stig the most. She’s also a little tomboy. Believe it or not, she loves cars and wants to chase after them (another habit we’re trying to break). She loves to stare at them. Recently, when we were on a walk, we heard a loud engine. Harvest stopped, immediately turned to it, barked and just stared. It’s as if she was reminiscing about the good old days, working in the garage and the type of engine it was.
The thing about pets is that they complement their owners. We all have different sides to us. Some days we are more like Autumn and want space, and other days, we’re like Harvest and want to run and then cuddle. And perhaps we have our days when we’re like Stig — don’t worry, I didn’t forget about him, stay tuned, he’ll get his very own blog soon! I believe our pets have a way of reminding us of other pets or even people from past times in our lives. The beauty about it is that you need to be present with your pet to soak it all in, to enjoy it and to fully live with them.
We got the best of both worlds with Autumn and Harvest. They are both so different and unique and I love them both for the way that they are. I would have been disappointed if I only had the one.