I have never been a dog person. Ever. And yet…
With the passage of five decades (plus)–many years come and gone–this month of May, in the year 2013, I have become…a dog owner.
I cannot believe it. Me! With a puppy.
Well, the puppy is actually for our dear 11 year old son, an early birthday present. (His birthday’s in June.)
My Beloved and I ventured to this extraordinary place, filled with extraordinary, caring people, and there did we experience a most delightful time among humans and canines alike.
The place is called the Sterling Animal Shelter, in Sterling, MA. The folk there were incredibly kind, knowledgeable, gentle, and just plain nice. They have a no-kill policy, which is great, and the love and concern they exhibit is palpable. We highly recommend this place to everyone.
Initially, this outing was only to be a ‘look-see.’ That was the intention at least. But have you ever been to a shelter that had so many beautiful and loving dogs?
This, coming from me, a bona fide, 100%, pure-bred cat lover. I love cats!
Always have. As for a dog? Never. I used to say, “I just don’t cotton to canines.” Did I happen to mention this sentiment had been etched in granite for over five decades? But on that note…
Could you resist such loving eyes and wrinkly skin? Andi’s part Sharp Pei, Shepherd, and Hound, with a little Lab thrown in for good measure. As a woman at the shelter said, “All dogs are part Lab. It’s the oldest dog in the world.”
Now, I can’t vouch to the veracity of such a statement, but it certainly appears Andi possesses a glimmer of that lovely dog.
Did I mention that he’s cute as hell?
And here’s another shot of him, the latest member to our family.
We adopted him and brought him home, uncertain of the reactions of our three cats to this four-legged interloper. As you can see by the Before and After photos, it didn’t fare too well.
But now, as I puppy-sit in the living room, I manage to write this out long-hand, sprawled on the ground near Andi. He does not like to leave my side.
to be continued…
Copyright, Paul Grignon, 2013, All Rights Reserved.