Contributed by Bekah
Q: What’s the one thing that all little kids want?
A: A pet, that’s right.
A stray dog wanders in your yard and they want to keep it. The neighbor has a cat, why can’t they?
I grew up with lots of animals. We had a mini farm. I’ve had cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats and even that one snake we tried to hide from Mom. My first pet was a Beagle named Dan. I loved Dan. We would run and play and I’d sit forever just petting him. My first cat’s name was Shadow. She was all black and loved to sit in your lap.
Now that we are in a place that we can have animals, my kids have been wanting a dog. We can’t have cats because my husband is allergic, so a dog it is. I wasn’t ready. One day last fall, the kids were playing in the backyard and one of the neighbor’s dogs ran in the yard. Lilly got so excited thinking that we got her a dog. I had to break her heart and tell her that no, we didn’t.
We talked about getting a dog for a good 6 months before we finally got one. Sunday, we left the kids with family and we went to go look at 6-week-old black labs. The best thing about them was that they were free. We grabbed up the last male of the litter and headed home. The kids had no idea. Oh, I should have gotten a picture of their faces. Zach was excited that the dog had eyes and he kept poking them. Lilly was obsessed with naming him.
We finally named him Oreo. We have nothing for him right now, we need to go shopping and spoil him.
I’m happy that the kids are going to have a loving companion for a long time. A dog to run and play with. A dog to cuddle and pet. A dog to love that loves you back. I haven’t had a pet since I was a teenager and I’m excited about having Oreo. It is kind of like having a new baby in the house. I get up a couple times a night to tend to Oreo. He sleeps a lot throughout the day and poops in all the places he’s not supposed to. He likes to stick his front paw in his water bowl and tip it over. He likes to bite at your toes and chew on your shoe.
Its been proven that having a pet makes you happier and you live longer. A dog is a man’s best friend, right?
~ Contributed by Bekah