I’m moving in EIGHT days (!). As a result I wanted to spent time sharing the 5 Reasons I Love Oakland, California.
I almost closed comments as all I really ask is you spend time—no matter how short—sharing & carrying these feelings alongside me.
thank you OAKLAND for not evicting us from your pet store.
#4 reason I love Oakland, California is because we added to our family here.
When we moved, to my tremendous dismay, the Child had no love for the canines.
It was perplexing as she’d never had a bad experience with a dog.
It was confusing as she’d had two four legged companions when she was smaller and completely adored them (pour some kibble out for our fallen homies).
Yet each time we’d suggest getting a dog she’d loudly and emphatically say NO.
I was sad.
I grew obsessed with the idea that as an only child she’d love to have a furry companion.
I repeatedly introduced her to docile neighborhood canines in hopes she’d see how much fun a fur-brother could be.
In short, my inner CrAzY CaNiNe LaDy emerged.
Flash forward a few months and the husband decided to do the
California humane thing and rescue a companion for us all.
I was cautiously optimistic she’d realize she loved having a permanent, not 40+ playmate and the husband loved the idea of a watchdog.
we loved that face.
And another OAKtown life-lesson was born.
We learned it’s not always possible to teach an old dog new, non-aggressive tricks.
We learned sometimes if you love something you need to
rehome it set it free *anyway.*
It was hard.
It was like all other lessons these past 18 months:
It simply meant something else was out there waiting for us.
A something which has changed the Child’s life entirely.
A something which has grown our family from three to four.
Am I a DOODLE or am I a MUPPET?
- He’s taught her about unconditional love.
- He’s helped her discover her *own* love of Oakland (a feeling which was slow to emerge).
he also won a CUTEST PUPPY competition–but I don’t wanna brag.
He’s turned our three into four and filled a huge hole
even I the Child didn’t realize we had.
I’ll forever love Oakland for the reason we added to our family here.
We teaching us lessons we didn’t want to learn about how love sometimes is not enough.
And for offering us a chance to find love again.