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The only thing better than a good dog and Blues in the background is a little quilting thrown in the mix. We have an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog named Dixie Lee who is the joy of our household and dear husband's shadow. A southern breed, she came from Mississippi in a crate almost 3 yrs ago and promptly became the diva princess in residence. She loves to travel, swim and go camping. She doesn't know what it is to be left behind. I know other dog lovers will appreciated how such a creature can become the center of your existence and become part of everything you do. Even if I just sit on the sofa to handsew an applique, there she is.  Big brown eyes, a melting smile, butt in the air that says it really is playtime and next you know, the sewing is put aside. How is it that those of us with pets mangage to quilt at all? 

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Comment by Donna Sykes on August 10, 2013 at 8:12am

Her red coat is very becoming! Our pets somehow manage to take over the homefront. We have 3 cats and a dog and our house seems like a 3 ring circus sometimes. They have to be in the middle of everything!

Comment by Debra Miller on August 9, 2013 at 8:57pm
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on August 9, 2013 at 8:28pm

That face would win anyone over.  Love her!

Comment by J Lee Bagan on August 9, 2013 at 8:06pm
Dixie Lee thanks you all for the kind comments. Yes her mommy made her red coat but it doesn't get cold enough here to wear it often.
Comment by Terry F on August 9, 2013 at 7:58pm
That is one gorgeous dog. I never heard of the breed before.
Comment by Barb/WI on August 9, 2013 at 5:16pm

Dixie Lee is a beautiful dog!  Be sure she approves of all your fabric choices as you quilt.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on August 9, 2013 at 4:03pm

Oh, she's pretty!  and she has a very beautiful red coat!  Her mom must have made it!  We have two dogs  - Irish Setters.  They never stop being puppies. We got the male as a puppy (never again! LOL) and took the female when she was retired from the show ring at age 5 - because she has a heart condition and couldn't be bred.  They're both fixed.  The loves of our lives.

Comment by J Lee Bagan on August 9, 2013 at 2:32pm

Can't believe I misspelled the breed. There is only one L in Alapaha. LOL...
We had Akitas in the past, one a rescue. When they passed on we opted for a smaller breed. While Dixie is smaller, she is about 70 lbs still, a solid little package. Alapahas are registered by the ARF but not recognized by the AKC.  Temperament wise, they are superb.


Comment by Sue S. / OR on August 9, 2013 at 2:25pm
She is a beautiful dog. I haven't heard of the breed either, but she looks very majestic! We have two dogs and we aren't sure which one is more spoiled, our Jack Russel Terrier (a perpetual toddler) or our Golden Retriever. But they are sure fun to spoil.
Comment by Pam/NY on August 9, 2013 at 1:40pm

I haven't heard of this breed...sounds like a baby! Very handsome breed. They definitely steal your heart and become another child.

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