Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My New Dog


Well, I have my new dog. Since she came from a shelter, there's no way to be sure what her parentage might be. She's probably about a year old and weighs 45 pounds—bigger than I thought.

I grew up with dogs. At times they were my greatest refuge. At the shelter they told me this one is “needy.” Maybe. She did want to play at 4 am. On the other hand, maybe what she needs is just to know she's safe. She's lying on her fleece blanket sleeping as I type.

One of the good things about adopting a 1 yr old dog is that she's pretty much housebroken. I've housebroken puppies before and am just as glad not to have to deal with that this time.

It's odd to have to change how I do things. And a part of me resists that. But another part of me is glad knowing that it's really important to shuffle our schedules and do things new ways. Plus it's sooooo soothing to pet a dog! And nice to get unconditional love. I have no doubt that in a week or two we'll settle in nicely and I'll know how long I can leave her alone and how much exercise she needs and she'll know what she can do and what she can't.

After waiting what seems like forever, everything happened very fast.

Here's hoping you have some unconditional love in your life this week! Sending blessings and safe and gentle ((((((hugs)))))),
April_optimist

14 comments:

Kahless said...

She is beautiful.
What is her name?
She has a lovely name.

As I type this, my boy Ben is snuggled into me. Yea, to a love of a dog!

Kahless said...

I meant to say she has a lovely smile!!

gypsy-heart said...

I am SO happy that you have her..and visa versa!! :)

I am looking forward to hearing more about your dog guru! :)

Enola said...

She's so cute. What's her name?

littleflute said...

she has a great face! and beautiful eyes. no wonder you fell in love. we are cat folks but believe dogs are fantastic too. we need a name! what do you call her?

April_optimist said...

Thanks everyone. Her name is Sophy. She's young enough to be very playful and well trained enough to have some very good manners--though she isn't above checking out the rules a few times... And she loves, loves, loves her squeaky fleece toy!

Tamara said...

Pets are the best! She is beautiful.

therapydoc said...

Looks great. As long as you know you're the new mom, you're good. Who cares about the past.

April_optimist said...

Tamara and Therapy Doc, Thanks. I'm really enjoying having Sophy.
She already knows that her fleece blanket is the place to lie down--and to bring (hoard?) her toys. She also seems to know what a gate is because as soon as I put one up, she settled right down (from trying to constantly climb into my lap as I was working on the computer) so I didn't have to actually put her in the gated room. Life is GOOD.

Anonymous said...

great. we are so happy for you that you have this new love in your life. please continue to remember us with stories.

Clueless said...

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOU NEW PART OF YOUR FAMILY!!!!! She is very cute and I want to come play with her.

keepers said...

she is a very pretty dog, looks quite sweet, and i bet you two are very happy together and will be even more as time goes on.

peace and blessings

keepers

jumpinginpuddles said...

dear april,
congratulations to the new member of your household i hope you adn her have many many happy years together.
from amelia

April_optimist said...

Anonymous, Thank you. See my latest post for another Sophy story...

Clueless, LOL! I wish you could come play with her. :-)

Keepers and Jumping in Puddles, Thank you.