I love dogs. And there’s a dog shaped hole in my life right now. As some of you know we lost two dogs this year, plus my mother, who lives right next door, said goodbye to her elderly dog, Bronte.
Our big dog Manny drowned last winter after falling through the ice on the river, after chasing a duck. Our medium dog Olivia recently came down with a kidney/liver disease and died after a couple of weeks of veterinary attention. Sad times.
Not having a dog all of a sudden makes you realize how much of your life is shaped around having a dog. I miss Olivia and Manny, in particular as I loved those dogs very much, but I also just miss the company in the morning, throwing sticks in the backyard, and taking walks through the woods. I know you can hike without a dog. I get that. But dogs get you out the door and they love it so much it’s hard not to share in the joy, even in the depth of winter.
My family has decided to get another dog/puppy. No big surprise there. There are reasons to do so, of course. See The 11 Science-Backed Reasons You Need to Get a Puppy and Dogs Get You Moving.
But in a way the reasons are kind of besides the point. We love our canine companions and we want another one in our lives. We’re committed to rescue puppies and dogs and so we’re scouting the local agencies. I’ll report back when we find one that’s a good match.