Jul 21, 2011

A doggie to boost life.

.....  something happy to post about !
I got us a dog a few months ago. A spaniel, a cute little girlie looking(becos she looks like a she) dog of 4 years, with long floppy furry ears. They are supposed to be of a 'barkie' nature, but she seems to control herself.
At the onset of the drama, when we were officially divorced, I thought a dog would do several different things for us, the kids and me. We got her from the SPCA(the pound), unbelievable that someone could just give up a dog after 3 1/2 years.

A pet is a dependent and so the kids especially the boys feel a sense of responsibility and take to caring for her in their own ways. They relate differently to the dog as well.  They share certain responsibilities like taking her for her walks and ensuring she gets fed when big sister or mummy is not around.
She's drawn our hugs and attention and love just by being, and literally brought light into some of the shadow that we carry around with us.. 

For the youngest, he's her playmate as much as she is his. But doggie is a little wary of children I observed. But she is good-natured in the way she continues to let him annoy her, almost tolerant-like in the way her eyes follow him.
She's jealous and protective(from other-dog perspective) and super friendly with all humans. She's also a little beggar at the dining table, like we don't feed her enough.  Truly those big puppy dog eyes just melts your resolve.

With my middle kid, some of his maturity comes out, and his temperament is pretty much calmer around the little fella. 

The primary care giver is my oldest, she's just into animals, birds and even insects. She is her best pal, she's her silent companion. She sneaks in to sleep near her whenever she can.

Doggie's got the patience to just listen quietly and she looks at you paying real close attention. You know she'll keep your secrets. She's constantly butting against my legs, warm and sort of comforting really to just sit with her. And sometimes she can be like another mischievous kid when she gets into the mood to keep  yapping at the wind.

This little dog does wonders for us, does she know, I think she does cos she keeps begging for more treats.

5 comments:

  1. When a family is ready, there is nothing better than adding a pet to the family. I know ours is pure unconditional love. No matter how much we talk about it, unconditional love is not as plentiful as we might hope. And it is so healing. Enjoy your pup! Sounds like she has already won your hearts.

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  2. I have never owned a dog but when we stayed with my friend Paula, Bree her dog became very close to me and I always thought she had a wonderful personality like a strong woman. I miss Bree. Good you got that amazing positive change in your life.

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  3. I have not every owned a dog, just birds. You have a cherished keep sake there dear one. Enjoy.

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  4. We have a black lab as part of the family. And he is our neighborhood watch dog who allows no gangs down our street. Therefore the neighbors feed him treats. Some even buy Vienna Sausages just for him. He has come to expect rewards for his vigilance :)

    Dogs love unconditionally too. That’s one thing about them… they don’t care how you look or what you wear or how you smell:) They love you for who you are.

    Is yours afraid of fireworks and thunderstorms like mine?

    http://debrasblogpureandsimple.blogspot.com/2011/07/why-god-made-snails.html

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  5. Keeping a pet is therapeutic in a way.
    Debra, interesting you ask this, I've only recently discovered that she is afraid of lightning and thunder. If it's at night, she scratches at the door like in a panic, and I have to let her in to the room where she'll hide under the bed and go to sleep.
    Lots more interesting things to experience I suppose.
    Thank you

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