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Speechless Sundays - Memories & New Traditions

Speechless Sundays - Memories & New Traditions

We rescued Duke when he was approximately 4 years old; it's uncertain what breed he is but, we do know that he's mostly shih tzu. He came to us, not crazy about cats but, he ultimately became quite comfortable with our Charlotte. We joked that they were secret buddies - we would often find them in the bathroom, away from everyone, lounging on a rug together. She was like E.F. Hutton - when she meowed, both Barney & Duke listened!


Duke under the tree


Charlotte's favorite place to get some 'me' time during the holidays was under the warmth of the Christmas tree. The dogs have never even been curious about the tree - they just knew that was Charlotte's domain and they weren't impressed with the tree in the least. 

Fast-forward to Thanksgiving 2019. We have a new cat that cares absolutely nothing about the Christmas tree but, evidently Charlotte's secret buddy, Duke, is still able to smell her on the tree skirt. He's found a new place to nap in the evening and now that he's 12 years old, we find it sweet that this is the first time since he's been with us that he's even been under the tree!


Happy Sunday!


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Comment balloon 10 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • December 02 2019 05:34AM


Debe looks like Duke will carry on the tradition for Charlotte.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 7 months ago

To go along with the theme: First we get comfy and then we get to creating new traditions and the rest fall into place. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

We couldn't believe he's sitting under the tree - exactly where she sat, hiding yet, where she could still supervise the room!

George Souto 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

We hope he carries on that tradition - we love having a fur baby under the tree, Laura Cerrano!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

He looks cute under the light that makes it look like he has pink hair. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 7 months ago

Thanks for sharing your photograph. Enjoy the holiday season!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

What a sweet story, Debe. My cats nevers cared about Christmas trees, although Oliver would sit under my cat tree (and only under that tree). I see that Mr. Marlow doesn't give a hoo-ha either. Fortunately, our dogs never cared with and left them alone.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 7 months ago

Hi Debe - I like this story and your post title provides the right hint of what might eventually be "revealed".  A new friendship, a partnership, new traditions....  Finding the ideal hiding spot away...  perhaps not on a bathroom rug but somewhere...

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

Hi Debe,  Tanks for the insight into the happy life of your pets.  As I keep telling my family, our dogs are people too.  Great photo.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 7 months ago

Awe... Debe Maxwell, CRS - this story about Duke and Charlotte melts my heart. He knows.... I get the feeling that love overflows in your sweet Charlotte, home for all creatures here on earth. 

Pets that are loved make a house a home and everyone in it special. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

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