To know me for a while is to recall how I used to be the CRAZZZY DOG LADY.
It all began with our black lab, Barkley.
We loved us some Barkley and yet he didnt seem as happy as he could be.
He seemed lonely.
So, once he demonstrated he was responsible enough to care for a pet (I kid. I kid), we bestowed upon Barkley a puppy.
A (longstoryshort) bullmastiff from AFRICA.
I brought these two creatures everywhere.
Walking. Driving. Hanging out. I was never sans two furry, drooly, crazy canine companions.
If youd asked me back then how I found my weight training motivation Id have answered by pointing to the Dynamic Dog Duo.
I needed to be STRONG or Id have been overthrown as pack leader, relegated to sleeping in the kennel & forced to able around Chapel Hill on lead.
We three were a team.
We looked out for each other.
We slooooowed down when one of us was injured or just not feeling up to par.
We’d lick each others faces when we had writers block and an article was due in an hour.
After the arrival of the Tornado my love for the canines grew as I witnessed *her* doggie affection.
Her very first word was, in fact, DODDIN. The Tornado-version of the word dog.
Our shared love of the Doddin bled over into my creative life, too.
As I watched the duo frolic & play—two characters were born.
One a nervous, fastidious and, in my mind, obsessive numbers crunching accountant-type:
The other a loveable lug whose sweetness eclipsed his lack of….raging intellect:
The pair was inseparable in picture book writing as in life.
Years passed and both canines went to the great dog park in the sky (pour out some dogfood for our fallen homies).
Memories lingered of lessons learned yet I was not ready for another dog/to start the cycle again.
We’ve negotiated amongst ourselves.
We’re bring our new dog, Coop—who we met last week—home *today.*
And with that Im off.
It’s the last day of school (I know. We shall totally be discussing this one over coffee…) and the FIRST DAY of Coop’s new life with us.
- Any *overall* dog-tips for this onetime crazy canine lady
whos probably forgotten alot?
- Any HOUSE TRAINING reminders for a misfit who hasnt done that in eons?
- Boxer owners? Boxer lovers? Any breed-tidbits I need to know?
many many many thanks to all of you who helped me figure out what breed was best for our family. your patience was never ending…