I am Mom's second doll but her first American Girl doll. Mom has read most of the books for American Girl's historical dolls. The Felicity collection was her favorite, so choosing me was a no-brainer. I am not the same girl as the character in the books (if I was, I'd be roughly 250 years old by now!), but we do have a lot in common. Our appearances and birthday are the same. We both love horses and being outdoors, don't like to sit still for too long, and tend to be a bit stubborn.
Mom and I can't remember exactly when she got me because it's been so long. According to American Girl Dolls Wiki, American Girl pulled Felicity dolls from the catalogue in 2002 when Kaya came out. Mom is pretty sure I was still in the catalog when she asked for me, which would mean she got me before that. Maybe May or December of 2001, but who knows? *Shrugs* At any rate, I arrived long before Mom got her flash drive, laptop, or digital camera, which have all made recording important events a lot easier.
Still want to know more about me? Well, here is this little fact sheet for your reading pleasure.
This is my Siberian Husky, Silver. She is very intelligent and loves people. Like me, she gets restless if cooped up inside for too long. She is always up for a walk and loves cold weather.
Kaya's Appaloosa, Steps High, was the only adult horse beside the bay horse who was available when I was looking, so getting the Appaloosa for me was another no-brainer. It took years - literally - to come up with the right name for her once she arrived, though. I considered Milky Way, Galaxy, Splatter, and even Sparks Flying (the Appaloosa foal's supposed name), but none of them seemed special enough. Eventually, I decided on Talia. Here she is:
Talia means "Dew of God" in Hebrew. I suppose her spots are a bit like dewdrops, but that's not why I picked the name. I actually got it from a book I read that was a spin-off of the Sleeping Beauty story. The beautiful princess, Princess Talia, fell asleep after pricking her finger on a spindle. The rest of the kingdom fell asleep too and was magically concealed from the rest of the world. Her "true love" didn't come to wake her and the kingdom up until centuries had passed. Quite a shock for Talia and her kingdom to wake up in the 2000's... But I digress. I thought it was a beautiful name, and a beautiful horse deserves a beautiful name.
As a Native American horse, Talia came with a fringed blanket and a built-in rope through her mouth. I may take the rope out someday, but for now I just keep it out of the way by looping it around her muzzle. I did okay riding her bareback when I first got her. It was probably a good way to learn even if I did bite the dust a lot. I was really excited when Mom got an English bridle, saddle, and martingale for her, though, because then I finally got permission to jump fences.
Talia is the most sure-footed of the horses. That's good, since I ride her all over, and we both like to go fast. Neither of us are big fans of riding in a boring arena - we'd much rather be outside actually going somewhere. Our best event is cross country, and water jumps are our favorites. We do like more leisurely trail rides from time to time too, especially when my sisters join us on their horses.