He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. —Psalm 113:9

June 11, 2008

One for the dog people

On Becoming a Dog Owner - as a life long dog person, this post made me smile. And then sigh wistfully and tear up a little, because I still miss my dog. We're in no rush to get another dog. It's so soon after Fizzgigg that it would feel disrespectful, as though we were trying to replace him, as if that's even possible. But at the same time, as much as I miss that particular dog, I also miss being a dog owner. I love our cats to pieces, but it's not the same. Our place feels so empty now that he's gone. Once we find our new home and get settled in it, I've no doubt that getting a puppy will be high on our to do list.

If, that is, we haven't stumbled into our next dog by then. If we do pick out a puppy, it will be the first time in my life that I've picked out a dog instead of having a dog thrust upon me, by my parents, by grandparents, by friends and fate and fortune and by a heart that's too soft to say no. It's that soft heart that demands that, whether it's a stray that, one way or another, picks us, or a puppy of our choosing, it must be a rescue. There are simply too many homeless, unwanted dogs in the world for it not to be.

In short: Dogs are awesome.


Valerie said...

Amen sister, amen.

I'm off to give my rescued pup a big hug, then make him watch animal cops on animal planet to show him how lucky he is. ;)

jeanjeanie said...

Aw, man, the local news ran a story this weekend about a bunch of dogs that were rescued by a local shelter from a puppy mill in Missouri. I just watched it this morning and it's all I can do not to call my husband and say "Let's apply to adopt one right now!"

We suspect that Fizzgigg might have originally come from a puppy mill, what with all of the health problems he was plagued with. Poor little guy.

Re: Animal Cops -- hee! But I had to stop watching that because it always makes me sob.

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