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How do you celebrate a dog’s birthday?
A companion who would do anything for you, who longs to be in your company at all times, and who has brought so much joy into your home?
Hopefully it’s a day like any other day; full of belly scratches, attention, healthy food, and lots and lots of love. But if you are like us, you will want to kind of spoil him too.
Dogs bring out the best in us. It’s crazy to hear me talk about them in this way when just a few years ago I had no desire to ever let one into my home.
Before Toby, I wanted to immediately wash my hands if I ever had to touch a dog. They shed, they drooled, they jumped, they barked, they pooped, and I just did not want one, but a certain 10-year-old boy wanted a puppy. So much so that he would cry just thinking about it. And so because we love our children more than we love ourselves, we began to look for a dog.
I remember another friend telling me, when she heard my reservations, “I could seriously cry!!!!! Soooo happy for him….and you guys too…you will fall in love with Toby soon enough!!!!”
I still had my reservations.
When I picked him up for the first time he was so small and scared. His whole body was shaking and he just sat on my lap all the way home. I couldn’t believe how mellow he was. The kids had no idea that we were bringing home a puppy. Their faces were absolutely priceless when we walked into the house. Sheer shock. That night we had plans to go see Christmas lights so we put him in his crate and started to leave the house. As we were getting into the truck, my husband walked out of the house holding Toby. He said he was whimpering in his cage. He wanted to be with his family! So we put him in the double stroller with Ruby and he enjoyed the Christmas lights with us as he peered out of the stroller in-between naps.
He was already a member of the family.
When your owner teases you by putting your treats on the floor for a photo…
“Dogs Bring Out The Good In Us™ and we’re bringing out the good in them™”. I love this. It makes me so upset to see the number of dogs without a good home, and the number of puppies in shelters. It is our responsibility if we decide to bring a dog into our home, to take care of him, to neuter him if we have no interest in breeding, and to create a safe environment so that he can live a good life. Like I said before, he didn’t choose to come to our family, we chose him. Let’s bring out the good in him!