I’ll just get right to the shocking news of the day. All of a sudden, after years of resistance, I think I want a dog. A face-licking, shoe-chomping, pee-when-you’re-excited, mangy-breathed, butt-sniffing, food-stealing, take-me-for-a-walk-when-it’s-negative-7 degrees, MUTT. Well… I guess when you say it like THAT…
And now that my heart it warming up to the idea, everyone- and, well, their dog- is trying to talk me out of it. It’s starting to kind of give me a complex. I don't mean one friend. I mean 3 friends. And a brother. And a mom. And a clerk at Walmart, who fankly, can mind his own pimply-faced business, pardon my rudeness. I’m raising two kids. Two GREAT, happy, healthy, smart, funny, sweet, kids. And I keep hearing, “dogs are a lot of work.” “Dogs need attention.” It’s like people think they are talking to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum! Are we some how giving off the vibe that we are incapable of acting grown up? I don’t mind the feedback at all- that’s not what I mean. I know everyone wants the best for us! And Lord knows, people are right, we like to have fun! We like to travel, we like to play cards, we like to go out to eat, we like to watch football. But we also really like to stay at home. We like to grill out. We like to have friends over. We like to snuggle up on the couch and see what gems our DVR has in store for us. We DO like to have fun, that is true. But at the end of the day, we are just two people, raising a family, our way, in our little corner of the world.
And really, I don’t need a dog for me. But I want a dog for my family. My nontraditional family. And yes, with a pet, comes responsibility. But it also brings togetherness. Picnics. Walks. Funny pictures. Snuggles on the couch. Stories years later. And it might mean sacrificing an impromptu weekend away. But that might also mean a great weekend home as a family. There are some parts of a traditional family my children will never have now. There are people in their lives they will never be able to count on. But adding the love of a fuzzy, loyal “furry little brother” might just might be something they need- it might be something we all need.
I leave you with this, those tempting little mug shots that are taunting me lately