So, what was I thinking? What I mean to say is: WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
In the spring of last year, my golden retriever died. It took me about six months before I could “replace him”. After all, he was perfect, right? And irreplaceable right?
But, I work from home. I’m all alone most of the day and I love having that fluffy ball of fur under my feet worshiping me and keeping me company. I can even tell him the details of my stories and he listens so intently!
After a great deal of research and planning, I finally found the perfect doggy! He joined me over Thanksgiving. He’s a golden doodle. Sure, he’s a cute ball of fur. But—did I already ask this?—what was I thinking?
Do you know how many times I’ve been outside in the last two months? Ten thousand if my math is correct. And some of those times he actually peed out there! I’ve used my steam cleaner on the office carpet so many times it’s getting bald! And that’s just the pee…
And the little turd chews on everything! He even got a hold of my editing notebook, but we won’t talk about that because all the words I used weren’t appropriate for polite conversation.
Is there a bright side? Sure:
I don’t fall asleep at my desk often anymore. Nope. Not with a living creature climbing all over me and jumping up on the furniture.
My office is much cleaner because anything left out within four feet of the ground belongs to Boog.
If I’m frustrated, I need only look to the left or right because frankly, who wouldn’t smile to see that face?
I work more hours, because he doesn’t like to be left alone.
I have more breaks, because he “asks” to go out often—although he might possibly be pulling my chain a bit there.
So, the little fella is cute as can be. He loves me to death. He is smart as a whip. He’s trainable—if only I had more time. He sleeps good hours. He doesn’t bark often.
And the best part of all—he greets me every time I come in the room like I’m the bestest thing that ever walked on two legs. Maybe someday he will stop biting and chewing. It’s only like two years, right?