I have loved animals since I was a very young girl.
I loved the idea of having a pet..a bird to sit on my shoulder like a pirate, a puppy to wag his tail when I came home, or a kitten to pet and stroke as it purrs.
But my parents never agreed to these pets. We ended up with endless fish (not interactive), and two gerbils (they bit and smelled very bad).
When I got married my new husband and I wanted a puppy. I liked small balls of fluff and he wanted a manly dog to take on long hikes in the Watchung Hills and look respectable on walks.
We looked at Huskies, Labs, Chihuahuas, and plenty of others. As puppies they are all adorable and troublesome, and we ended up with a yellow Lab we named Molly. I knew instantly this was NOT the dog for me. She was not cuddly, wanted to wrestle constantly, and I had to clean up after her every time the doorbell rang because she got so excited. She loved everyone and she was the perfect companion for my husband and son.
And she was a good dog--we just never clicked.
My son wanted a Sheltie after we lost Molly. I did not know who had the sadder eyes, my son, or the Sheltie--and Penny the Sheltie became our next dog.
She's soooo smart. She understands endless commands and will chase a ball or the sound of sirens if we tell her "go get it!" She has a beautiful coat and is perfectly trained.
Then I met a tiny Chihuahua named Valentine.
She is sassy, nippy, cuddly, and practically untrainable. And for whatever reason I am in love with her. She does practically nothing "right" according to puppy training books, has ears bigger than her head, and I am happier since I brought her home.
So I want you to know that all dogs are NOT the same. You should pick the dog or pet that tickles you, the one that makes you smile, the ugly misfit at the pound you cannot leave behind because she pulls on your heart strings.
You only live once. Don't get a fashionable pet, or one someone else thinks is great--get the one you love. :)
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