Louie came into my life in the spring of 2005. He was a Mini Schnauzer mix. White. The person I got him from gave me strict orders not to “humanize” him. I assured the man I understood a dog’s place in the home. He told me to crate him, not to give human food, train him to be alone for periods of time, and to teach him boundaries. I went home right away and was confident that I knew what I was doing. By night four, after many hours of no sleep and high-pitched crying and midnight snacks of bagels and peanut butter, I grabbed Louie and put him in bed with me and there he stayed happy and quiet night after night for 13 years.
The best thing about this wine: Smooth, easy drinking and pairs with or without food
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: $20
Pairs well with: pasta, friends and memories
Winery Web Page: https://shoporw.vintegrate.com/old-soul
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For 13 years, my floors were crumb free and spaghetti dinners became his favorite since he was a sucker for “red tauce” as we called it and let him have a few tastings. He was a talker. If ever a dog wanted to talk he sure could. We would have the most profound of conversations and he was the best listener. Looking at me with those huge brown eyes in agreeance with whatever I was saying. He greeted everyone at the door with endless energy and made everyday worries disappear. We never boarded him and he was never alone. He traveled from west coast to east coast, north to south, always calling shotgun and knew where to stand on the door panel to make the window come down. He lived for the endless treat bag and oh how he love his special cookie day after his trip to the groomer. In the salesman’s eyes I did everything wrong, but today as I sit here thinking over the past 13 years with Louie I wouldn’t have done anything differently.
We knew our time was limited, and we also had our 7-year-old Silky Terrier to think about. She followed Louie everywhere. When he ate, she ate, if he walked away, she walked away. He barked, she barked. It was becoming clear that this would be a page out of “Where the Red Fern Grows” and she would be lost if she didn’t have a buddy to rely on. I began to look online for another Mini Schnauzer and found a white “mom” named Lulu that looked just like Louie and the personality description sounded just like him. I contacted her back in December and she said that this would be Lulu’s last litter. She said she would keep me posted. When I didn’t hear from her I had assumed that she wasn’t able to have another litter and that was that.
Move forward to April and I was sitting at the bar having a glass of wine after work and I received an email that Lulu had her litter…ONE. One male pup. We needed a male since our Silky was a female. We have heard that 2 females don’t get along very well. We were given updates throughout the 8 weeks and finally brought Hemingway (Hemi) home. Louie had been in and out of the vet in the few weeks leading up to Hemi coming to be with us which weighed heavily on my heart. Was this the right thing? Too soon? The morning came to pick up Hemi and we brought him home. Louie greeted him like they had been old buds in the hood. Trading stories and giving orders. My Silky was very protective and territorial of Louie and her home as we had suspected she would be. Later that night, Louie looked at me and gave me “the look”. I knew. We knew. He knew. His eyes were telling me it was ok…it was time to pass the baton. He wasn’t bouncing back after giving him his meds and we took him to the ER vet where our fears were confirmed. We were all able to gather to say goodbye to our old friend. Bittersweet to say goodbye and trying to welcome in a new one. That night Hemi cried like a baby with being in the kennel. The next morning Hemi was “talking” and having quite the conversation with Sissy the Silky and it was like having a mini Lou around. Sissy took to him better than we thought and she is getting a dose of her own medicine as the tables have been turned and she is the one being followed and looked up to.
It’s been a week and I thought it’s time we get back into the groove. I decided to make spaghetti and “red tauce” in honor of my Lou. I went to the cellar and back behind some of this and that reds….The Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon came into view. It’s a good go to wine. One that everyone can enjoy. This Cab is fruity, slightly dry, and extremely smooth. It had ripe, dark fruit, smoke and vanilla on the nose with full-bodied sweet fruit and a creamy texture. Softer tannins and hints of blackberries and cherries on the finish. The label is intriguing and lures you in. It paired well with our spaghetti dinner and I poured another glass to enjoy on the patio and reminisce about my Louie.
As I sit here writing my review, trying to get back to my new normal, I look down at my feet and I see Hemi, an Old Soul, in Louie’s old spot under my desk sleeping the day away as I type and Sissy asleep in the chair as if nothing had changed.