My new best friend....a girl named "Smith"

Real Estate Agent with Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

I  have raised beagles most of my life up until this year.  I used to keep and train anywhere from 10-20 beagles depending on the year and what I had going on in my life. This year I realized that with my work obligations and lack of personal time I could not do the little hounds the justice they deserved.  I gave them to a friend to raise and train and I was dog-less for a couple of months.  It wasn't long before I realized that I missed the companionship of a dog.  I have had labs a couple of times in my life and I knew that as far as a pet is concerned they are much better pets than my beloved beagles. 

A friend of mine, Scott Smith, who lives on Smith Farm on Smith View Lane at Smith Mountain Lake called me and told me that he had a litter of pups out of his male Junior.  Junior is a 100 lb reddish lab that is full of himself!  I was anxious to see the pups but somewhat hesitant as I did not really want a yellow lab (the mother was a yellow lab). 

Several weeks passed and before I could get to the Smith farm and take a look at the nine puppies.  I picked the name before I ever went to look at the puppies and I went with full intention of picking out the biggest blockiest male pup in the litter.  Once I get there I find that the biggest, boldest, blockiest puppy in the entire litter is a GIRL!

So, now I have a girl named "Smith". 


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Comments (15)

Kaye Brock
Crye-Leike - Nashville, TN

cute, but can she 'sing' like a beagle.

Nov 02, 2009 12:53 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Damon, Being a real dog lover, I really enjoyed reading about how 'Smith" came into your life" . This was a wonderful photo story and I so appreciate you sharing it with the group. Here is wishing you and "Smith" a long happy joyous life together. She is lucky to have you! and of course, it works both ways but no matter how it is said , it is a win win for the both you. Congratualtions on your new Best Friend.

Nov 02, 2009 12:56 PM
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Rancho Mirage, CA

Yes, congratulations on your new "best friend"!  She is adorable and look at the smile on her!

Nov 02, 2009 01:13 PM
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

I like naming girls with guy sounding names.. (my daughters name is Rhyan) Smith is a great name.

Nov 02, 2009 01:13 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

She's beautiful!  Smith suits her, it's a smooth roll off the tongue!

Nov 02, 2009 01:13 PM
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Kaye, no....she definitely cannot sing like a beagle.  Definitely not like a pack of beagles!

William, I think she is a better friend to me than I am to her....sometimes she reminds me of it!

Konnie, for some reason I think Smith is neat....partially because it is so common as a last name.

Judi, the only problem is that I keep calling calling Smith a him and my girl friend (the real one) corrects me!

Nov 02, 2009 01:29 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Damon:  I am completely and totally jealous.  My "girl" Maggie passed away awhile ago and I have not had the heart to replace her as of yet.  She has big paws to fill and I miss her like crazy.  Your Smith looks like she has real personality and will be great fun ... a girl much like my Maggie.  Enjoy!  I hope to follow your path and find a Smith of my own sometime again soon ...


Nov 02, 2009 02:06 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Damon: she is a cutie!  We love our labs, but then I have never been around Beagles that much.  Enjoy Miss Smith, she should be a lot of fun!

Nov 02, 2009 04:28 PM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

She is so adorable!  Just look at those paws she has :o

Nov 02, 2009 10:46 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

SHE'S beautiful Damon! How funny that the biggest pup should be a girl :)  So, what's the story with Mr. Smith on Smith Mountain? His family must have homesteaded the area! LOL


Nov 03, 2009 01:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Damon - Smith looks very much like my grandkid's Yellow Lab, Taffy!  She's a wonderful kid's animal. . .Full of ENERGY!

Nov 03, 2009 06:21 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Awww!  Loved your story and your sweet little girl Smith.  Four dogs share my world at this point and I couldn't imagine life without any one of them.  Enjoy every minute with "him."

Nov 03, 2009 08:59 AM
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA

ohhh so sweet....congratulations on Smith...she is lovely!

Nov 03, 2009 10:35 AM
Scott Strang
Scott Gregory Group - North Reading, MA
Licenced RE Broker and Realtor Office in MA&NH

cue dog!! you'll do anything for points......ratification !!!!

Nov 04, 2009 06:39 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Boy or girl, Smith is one very cute lab - just enjoy  :)

Nov 04, 2009 09:33 PM