Saturday, February 04, 2012

Life with a Dog

Last June, Father's Day to be exact, we adopted a dog. I didn't want a dog, I was missing the dog we had lost the previous April. I didn't need a dog, there are vet bills, there is food to buy, and a host of other expenses that go along with having a dog.....besides, I missed my Sugar. That was the entire point of my resistance. I didn't want to replace Sugar, I didn't want her to leave my memory. I just didn't want to open my heart again to another dog, you love them, you care for them, you spoil them, you enjoy their company, you pet them, you love them (oh, I said that before) and you loose them.

So Father's Day comes along, and I am at a loss for a present for my husband. I know he has been on line, looking at the adoptees at our local animal shelter, a non profit shelter in our area, and the Bide A Wee. I suggest that we go to the shelter in Calverton. (about 20 or so miles away from us) We looked at a few of their dogs, none really struck us as being a "fit" for us. One didn't like other animals, barked snarled and tried to go after one that was walking nearby...another wasn't interested in us at all, ignored us, even when we talked to him and tried to pet him, another just wanted to run all over the property of the shelter, no interaction again. Well, we shrugged our shoulders and got ready to leave. As we were leaving, my husband said that he would like to go to Bide A Wee to see what they had.....A much better facility. Newer kennels, no stinky smells, they had puppies, they had old dogs, they had younger dogs, some more aggressive than others, and they had ABE.
Abe is a Shepherd Rottweiler mix. That is what they can tell. He is from Kentucky, a shelter dog all his life. Bide A Wee rescued him from the shelter in Kentucky, a kill shelter. He is neutered, vaccinated, and really cute.....he was so friendly, bringing us a ball, jumping on us and kissing us. We gave references, which they called while we were interacting with Abe....we had to go home, to get the truck, we had my convertable....and the adoption donation (aka fee). Well, needless to say, an hour later, Abe was in the truck, with us riding to our home. He sat patiently, let the kids pet him, hug him and looked out the window.
Flash foward to today....Abe has had exactly 4 accidents in our home, asks to go out, sleeps on the bed with us, and brings boundless joy to us all. He loves us all equally, and freely gives kisses.

The bottom line here is: I didn't want a dog, but I didn't know how much I needed THIS dog. He is our friend, our child, our companion,and a big part of our family. I fell in love with him the minute he kissed my hand. He makes me laugh, he is so smart, and he is ours. He loves us without condition. All we need to do is feed him, pet him and scratch his belly. He will follow us to the end of the earth. His eyes tell a story of love.


Anonymous said...

oh miki I feel ya that unconditional love, don't get any better!!! nance

Rachel said...

Oh, I'm so glad you found Abe and I know he's so glad you adopted him!! I recently adopted one from the shelter here, a dashund. He is so sweet and lovable. I still haven't forgotten our dear Pup that I had to have put down in June. I'm glad this one looked at me with those big brown eyes that said, "take me home with you!"

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