I Came Back From California With This…

It really should have been all about good memories (thank you to all my old, wonderful SCO high-tech colleagues. So much fun seeing you all after 12 years. I treasure each and everyone of you! Only dear Ms. Barbara and Mr. Brian missing… and too little time with Ms. Tamar…) and perhaps another batch of perfume…

Here’s the story in a nutshell…

I fly down to California for a fun company reunion. My close girlfriend-sis Jodi sniffs my perfume and drags me to Anthropologie to pick up a bottle. And so it happens that once a year in San Jose, CA, Anthropologie teams up with The Perfect Dog, a local dog shelter for a joint, meaningful collaboration. Eight adorable dogs are hoping for new, good homes. Trust me, a dog was not exactly on my radar…

… until I met this mellow fellow, a 6 month old Jack Russel Terrier and Chihuahua mutt.

He is calm and super sweet and does not bark or nip. His eyes say it all – an old soul in a new (and small) package. Jodi calls my husband (I don’t dare) to tell him I am, not leaving San Jose Jose without him!

I scramble to get him an air ticket, a health certificate, an airplane carrier, and new toys. (Thank you Laura for taking such good care of him!). The next morning we are flying back home to Seattle!

And now he is ours and we LOVE him! Love, love, love!

Let me introduce you to MILES! (Named after the great Jazz musician Miles Davis. Hubby’s pick).

I thought I saved him. But he is really saving me and forcing me to stop and smell the roses.

The kids are over the moon ecstatic and he is showering the whole family with grand love.

So there, my first (spontaneous perhaps) dog purchase. I/we scored. Big time. (He is sitting next to me while I am writing this).

Before I headed to the airport, Ms. Jodi who, together with my business partner Ewa, is my go-to friend for (among many other things!) excellent, easy, and healthy food, served me this dreamy and oh-so-good pumpkin scone. Fresh from the oven, I wolfed it down in a matter of seconds. (She took these pictures while I was biting my nails waiting for Miles!).

Jodi, a high-flying PR executive in her day job, runs the food blog Garlic Girl a must destination for me and for anyone looking for easy and good-for-you comfort food. And I should know. I have been indulging in her dishes for the last 14 years!

Jodi’s pumpkin scone recipe can be found here. Make sure to bookmark her blog for many other fabulous recipes. (Look for her healthy smoothies. Jodi takes great care of herself and she looks it too!). You can thank me later.

There you have it. And you thought I was going to say I dragged a new, grand sofa with me! This beats any kind of fancy-schmanzy piece of furniture. A fun reunion, wonderful company & food and a precious dog. I’m whistling over here!

Hugs to you all.

Images: No. 1 unknown, 2-7 via Splendid Willow, 8+9 via Garlic Girl.
Written by Splendid Willow in: Just Because I Like It |


  • Delishhh says:

    Love! Love! Love! Miles is sooo cute! I can’t wait for him to meet Cooper, they will be best buddies!! Miles face is fantastic, he has a such a great look! Your stories are always crazy!! Hugs Ewa

  • Gunilla says:

    Oh My!!! He is GORGEOUS!! and so so suits you! What a story! Wonderful :-) But what do the cats think?! Miss you much.. Gxxx

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Cat and dog circus here – but it is worth it! Miss you more Ms. Gunilla. Coming to Stockholm in October! oxox Mon

  • Hi Monika, He looks like the sweetest dog – that face and, yes, those eyes. He will be a wonderful companion. Lucky you (and him!) Have fun together!

  • Victoria Athens says:

    He could not be cuter. It is kismet that you both found each other, and I am so happy for all of you. Besides, Miles is a much better find than any sofa.

  • Patti Fox says:

    He’s adorable, but what is this Anthropologie perfume you speak of?

    Splendid Willow Reply:


    They don’t sell it anymore! It is Moulinette Soeurs “Odette”.

    People go crazy whenever I wear it! People and dogs! (:

    Warmly, Monika

  • Jodi says:

    Oh my gosh! Miles looks so happy in his new home- I miss him already!! Thanks for the kind words! xoxo

  • Oh, Monica! I am so excited for you! I know that this is just hte beginning of a beautiful relationship with your puppy.
    I have been looking myself at rescue shellers. I lost my Lady several months back and have been waiting for right time. He is just adorable!
    I bookmarked the blog. It looks fabulous, and you know I love good food.
    Happy Thursday.

  • BJ says:

    When to visit a friend some years ago and like you came home with a rescue dog. He was a Jack Russell and the sweetest dog ever. Like yours and old soul for sure. Very jealous of your good fortune.

  • Franki Parde says:

    You made my day!!!! franki

  • Annika says:

    Hi sister!

    Welcome into the world of total bliss & happiness – having a dog! Miles is wonderful!!!! Sooo cute! :) Congrats, U will have soooo much fun, feel soooo adored & laugh much more!

    Hugs en masse <3

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Hi sis Annika,

    I finally get it! Be prepared that I am coming back home with 500 dog pictures and none of the kids! Ha! (Kommer med 90% säkerhet i slutet av Oktober. Hör av mig snart!).

    Kram till er alla! Med en extra stor och värmande kram till Hanna.


  • over the moon for you, monika. he is the most beautiful thing ever. those EYES. you will treasure him forever. lucky you! donna

  • Tree says:

    Great story! Isn’t it amazing how what often looks like the “reason” for something happening (reunion in California), often turns out to be only a mechanism for the “real reason” the universe had in mind for you!

  • Linda says:

    How lucky you guys are and what a beautiful story! Enjoy this wonderful new addition to the family. Miles does look like he has an old soul behind those eyes. Simply put – beautiful!!!!
    Love is in the air!!! <3

  • Marianne says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time! Miles is absolutely adorable and I cannot wait to meet him. Such unconditional love. I’m sure the kids are so excited! Congrats on your new addition to your family!

  • maggie says:

    But of course. You’ve been adopted!

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    I’M IN LOVE!!! He is adorable!!!! Bubba my tiny companion that I’m obsessed with is also a Jack Russel Chihuahua mix,and rescued off of death row. They are the best pets and funniest little friends!! So excited for you and your family!

  • Ann says:

    I am so in love with your story. I have a little havanese named Ginger and boy did she steal my heart. I’m over the moon for you and Miles of course, is likely happy as can be that he charmed his way in. Expect him to start following you everywhere – they love their mammas – I always joke that I should have named Ginger Shadow because if I’m sitting at my desk and have to run down the stairs for two minutes she follows me. If go upstairs she follows me – it’s so funny. I’m excited for you and the joys of dog ownership. Enjoy, they are a blessing.

  • Charlotta says:

    I die!! Miles has me and the kids completely gaga over here!!
    We love his fashion sense too. Please tell him that orange bandana is stunning on him!! :)

    I love Garlic Girl already and can see I will be drooling my way through her blog and all that she serves up.

    Tack för samtalet härom kvällen. Han är här nu..


    xx sis

  • What a wonderful surprise! As a dog lover and owner, I can tell you that he will bring you and your family so many happy days and nights! You are so right – they make you stop and smell the roses. We have beent talking as a family often lately about how we could all takes notes from Jasper’s demeanor – she is always loving, happy to see her family and friends and ALWAYS IN A GOOD MOOD. :) Hope to see you again soon Mon!

  • Joe Clarke says:

    OH MY! Miles!!! What a sweet face!

    The scones look fantastic. A great fall recipe. Bookmarking the blog.

    Happy for you!


  • Michelle N. says:

    Just saw your new doggie!! Adorable beyond words, congrats! Those eyes and the messy wirey coat are so great! Have a terrier/ chihuahua mix as well, black and brindle named Olive. In fact, the best dogs I’ve had always seem to have chihauha mix in them. I had a westie that was half chihuahua too and she was amazing…Sherborn. So congrats and hope to speak soon!


  • Purple Area says:

    Hej hej, hoppas allt är bra med dig. Själv har jag varit helt osocial sen jag blev anställd. Bloggen ser fin ut, märker att jag har en del att ta igen.

    Kram i rymden


  • omg congrats!!! he is so cute! love it. such a sweet face. have a nice day, darling!

    caroline @ patagonia gifts love knot jewelry

  • Monika,
    You are so lucky…Miles is beyond cute. Sweet and laid back? I didn’t know those words could be used in a sentence with a Jack Russell mix. We adopted a Jack Russell mix about 3 years ago and while she is the sweetest thing on the planet to us we have to watch her because she can get a case of the nerves around strangers and act very unfriendly. We still love her though and take precautionary measures. I’m so happy you found a sweet friend.

  • Dogs are great and Miles is sooooo cute! Now your house is truly a home! I couldn’t ever imagine not having a dog….or scone. Tey say everything happens for a reason. I’m off to check out garlic girl.


  • Sarah Malone says:

    Does this mean we might be seeing some cute doggie couture in the store now lol!! Like many others, I couldn’t imagine our family life without a dog in it. You are all lucky you found one another:),
    Really adorable!
    Take Care,

  • MILES. from across the miles. how perfect. he is adorable, mon. i am a huge dog lover so he is welcome to join bella who leads an enchanted life in which she brings joy and smiles to our family every single day.

    what a wonderful journey for you!

    i am in arizona with loved ones and in a few hours will be making a great hike in a canyon. please take over the blog if i don’t make it outta there!

    off to bed.


  • What a little beauty. Congratulations to the whole family for adopting a perfect angel-dog. And let me have some of those Scones already!

  • OMG! How exciting…he is absolutely precious. Lucky little fella to be part of such a special family…I can see already he is being treated like royalty:) Love that you adopted a dog, Mon…..

    And the scones…..not too bad either:)

  • Aaaaawwwwww Mon!!! Miles is SO CUTE!! Big congratulations on the new addition to the family :) He is lovely!

    Hugs hugs
    Meera xx

  • Who could resist that face?
    Congratulations on your new addition :)

    xo xo

  • Yvonne says:

    Miles is just adorable! He looks so cute on the pictures, but he’s is even better in real life. I can tell because I had the joy to see him in person:)Great personality and manners. And I could feel the love between him and his “mom”.

  • You scored!! You CAN tell from his eyes! And let me tell you; they KNOW they are rescued!
    What a wonderful story!

    Bravo! You will have years of happiness with him! His face and eyes remind me of our “Georgie”!

    We rescued her physically on the street in Los Angeles (gang territory); and she was the absolute best dog of our lives! She lived to be sixteen! She was corgi and jack russell…..and???? The best!!

  • Jessica says:

    He’s an angel…those eyes are definitely speaking loving, and very thankful thoughts…what a sweetheart, congratulations…he was obviously meant to be a part of your family!

    Such perfect doggie walking weather we’re having now too…
    xo J~

  • Kayron says:

    What a little charmer!!! Looks like a perfect fit.

  • OH! I love this guy!!!! Many happy days with him Mon!!!!

  • classiq says:

    He is so cute! How could you have resisted him? I have to try that pumpkin recipe. It looks so delicious! :)

  • Greet says:

    So sorry I couldn’t visit you earlier!! Oh dear, Miles is a cuty!!! Oh I am so happy for him! He has found the best home ever!!!
    Warm hugs to you and a big hug for sweet Miles!!

  • Leigh says:

    Miles is adorable!!! It is so wonderful that you have rescued him, although I know exactly what you mean when you said he rescued YOU! I, too, have a sweet rescue dog that I got two years ago and he has completely captured my heart. He makes me laugh every day and lighten up when I get too serious. Enjoy your new little guy!

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