Cook is my dear Schnauzer friend from America. She lives in
St. Louis, Louisianna, the very US state that was struck
by a terrifying and devastating hurricane twice. Linda
is the owner of Lizzie & Priz, the two Schauzer girls who
had inspired her daughter Connie Zimmermann to write the
Linda ist a true Schnauzer friend and our solemate. Nobody could
describe her relationship to this
wonderful breed better than
“I have spent much of my life contemplating my existence....the how and why I am here on this planet ....and even though I can say that I have achieved the status of a somewhat serene swan resting on the surface of the pond of life but paddling frantically underneath to stay afloat as most women must do...I would not have come this far in my philosophical journey without the unconditional love of our Schnauzer daughters to center me daily. They have taught me to see life through a prism of joy and sheer abandon. They have taught me that there is no way to happiness, that happiness is the way, as one of my favorite authors wrote but I did not quite comprehend that profound idea until I was blessed with the Schnauzers who became my daily compass needles to keep me pointing in the happy direction always.
Our lives have evolved into a storybook sprinkled with puppy love beyond measure. As we grew older, we realized that Schnauzers were not dogs but tiny humans pretending to be dogs. I had always loved Schnauzers, like my aunt. My brother in Louisville also has a Schnauzer. He bought Muffin after he met Lizzie. He fell in love. Most of the pets from my past were for my girls mainly. The Schnauzers were for us thanks to my Aunt who knew how to add zest to our lives and I shall be forever grateful to her for giving them to us. Our most precious gifts ever.”
Linda with husband Walter
her two grandsons
daugher Connie with a relative
Lindas aunt had Schnauzers most of her long life.
Now in her late eighties, she has survived ten of them. But one was given to her by her first born son who died from cancer and she was determined to have a Schnauzer sired by
Lucky so that she could feel that she had a memory of her son carried on through her next pet. So she asked
Linda and Walter if they would want a Schnauzer to become his
"bride". The two of them thought about it for about a minute and agreed to the arrangement.
They set out to purchase the female and found the most darling little
Mini Schnauzer with the impish face and whimsical personality and proudly brought her home after a long trip into the next state to buy her. She was 7 weeks old and so sturdy and strong.
Lindas aunt was not really pleased with their selection, but
Linda decided to keep Prissy anyway.
Then Lindas aunt took them to a Dog Show and introduced
them to Champion dogs. There was a difference, but Prissy looked like a champ to
them and they decided to have two dogs on the spot. They decided on
Elizabeth who was the most stubborn little critter
they had seen in the show that day. Linda knew Lizzy wouldn't win the
"Best Puppy in Show" but she won their hearts as she would sprawl flat on the ground...legs splayed out and not budging an inch! So determined not to be bullied by the very hateful owner.
Linda loved her spunkiness. The breeder wouldn't let her go until she was 9 months old which was 6 months away, but
they waited and she was exquisite when they saw her for the first time. But she was
also terrified of anyone but Linda and she had to carry her around on
her hip to keep her from freaking out. Linda did a little checking and found out that the Breeder was a sadistic woman who would beat her dogs into submission.
Linda and Walter simply loved her back to mental health which took many months of affection and kindness.