Girl’s Best Friend

by Crickett Lapeyre

We would like to profile our four legged partners in crime. They sit on our laps, at our feet and sometimes snore while we get together and brainstorm about our collections. The shop dogs of Peony are a spunky cuddly bunch.  The one thing they all have in common? They LOVE kids.

Peony Dog #1: Oscar


                Oscar is a true rags to riches story. Tossed on the streets of New Orleans, he was rescued and is now a spoiled rotten uptown puglet. He is a gorgeous, soft fawn pug. He is extremely photogenic, which is fortunate as his family loves to put him in Fedoras and mask him during mardi gras. It doesn’t matter who you are, he will lick your face. He loves long walks with bff Ellefair and sunbathing in the windows at Angelique Kids on Magazine street.


Peony Dog #2: Simon


Simon, or “Simone” as some of like to call him is a miniature brown poodle. He is a precocious five year old. He Came to the Lapeyres as a lovely chocolate, but now resembles a beignet with powdered sugar.  Oscar’s greatest pleasure in life is cheese; he will drop all shoes if one says "cheese" or "fromage.” He gives a royal bow before his walks. He is very naughty.  This royal pup loves the rope swing at play group and can do a lovey arabesque if scratched the right way.  We call it his “Baryshnikov."   Simon loves to stretch as he sleeps too. He also plays a complicated game of running from room to room over and over again.


Peony Dog #3: Gingersnap


                Gingersnap is what we like to call a river mutt. She was found during a Wayne’s World tubing trip on the last day of summer 2006. This orange and white fox-like creature was swimming in the Boguechita River as a 4 month old. She had been living along the banks in true Lord of the Flies style. She loves to snuggle, but hates having her picture taken. She will run away the second someone pulls out a camera. We can only attribute this to her strange mysterious upbringing on the river banks. On walks, she loves to bark at any dog bigger than she is and shred people’s lawns with her back paws.  Her greatest pleasure is peanut butter and disciplining Weezie.


Peony Dog #4: Weezie


                Weezie is a twelve year old black pug. Her face is all white now, but the rest of her is svelte black fur. She is the love of my life. The soundtrack of my life is her snoring. She snores while she is awake. She is the most affectionate creature I have ever met. When it is dinner time, Weezie repeatedly runs in small circles very fast. I am pretty sure that she circles in the same direction that her little tail curls in. Coincidence? Probably not.  Weezie loves licking people’s faces and hurrumphing down anything edible.  She can’t see very well now, so rather than barking at other dogs, she barks at large targets like the UPS truck. She is the matron of this pack of motley hounds.


Peony Dog #5: Boxcar Willie


                Boxcar Willie is the newest addition to the Peony Family. He is still a puppy, at just over a year of age. He loves to untie shoe strings and chase tennis balls. He is a rescue, still in recovery mode. We found him on a bike trail with a chain around his neck, two infected eyes and mange. We are happy to say he is almost fully recovered. His favorite activities include tormenting Weezie and Gingersnap and chasing his own tail. If we could capture his energy, there would be no need for oil, gas, or solar. We are always a little grateful when he curls up on the couch at night. He learned to sit on 15 minutes. Boxcar Willie just might be a genius.