About Me

I’m Melissa.  I live in the Chicago suburbs.  I live with three dogs – Indy and Ozzy the Swissies and Beowulf the Basset. We lost Alex the Beagle in April, 2009, and Gryffin the Swissy in January, 2010.

I started out inheriting Alex the Beagle in 1996 when my now-husband and I moved in together.  Then came Beowulf the Basset as a Christmas present.  At the time, we lived in a condo with no yard.

Two houses later, we have a nice, fenced yard and lots of space!  Because we didn’t think that Alex was long for the world due to health issues, we started looking into adding a larger dog.  Dan did a lot of research and came up with the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, aka the Swissy.  They are big dogs with a great, goofy personality and a slightly longer life span than other larger and giant breed dogs that we like, so we started looking around at breeders.

In April of 2003, Gryffin was born.  We brought him home in June of that year, and life has not been the same since.  I am so totally in love with this breed.  I love Bassets and Beagles, but the Swissy is just the sweetest, most goofy dog, and I don’t crush them (when they’re full grown, at least) when I sit on them or use one as a pillow.  Although they do squirm.

Enter December, 2007.  I’m bored at work and I come across a forum that has a great game of Swissy Uno going.  I look through pages (sorry, boss, if you’re reading!) of Swissies young and old at work.  I forward the link to my husband.  We start talking, jokingly, about adding another Swissy pup to our pack.  Somehow this became a good idea.  Not sure how.  But we started speaking with the breeders we went to for Gryffin, and then we had 2 Swissies and 4 dogs.

In early May of 2008, we brought home Indigo aka Indy.  She is so very different than Gryffin, but such a sweet dog.  And evil.  And sometimes smelly.

In June of 2010, we brought home Ozzy aka Ozzifer. He is different than everyone, go figure. He seems to be one of the easiest puppies so far, so I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop…

Other stuff about me?

I’ve been married (to the same person) for over 13 years.  Why?  Because he’s hot and I love him.  And he tolerates me.

I was a martial arts student, more specifically Hapkido, for almost 11 years.  I quit last summer after lots of thought, and am now addicted to crazy workouts like P90X and Turbo Fire.

I like college football.  Yes, college.  Even more specifically, Big Ten football.  I’m an Illini, but root for the Northwestern Wildcats on weekends they are not playing Illinois.

I love reading.

More to come…

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