I’m not sure I can connect this blog to my business in any way–but I have a need to write about the new addition to my family. My dog adoption came quite unexpectedly a few weeks ago.  When I was on the treadmill warming up for my exercise class, one of the other participants looked over and asked me if I would be interested in a lovable little dog.  Much to my amazement, I heard myself saying, “what kind?”

When Holly said she was a mix–some Chihuahua–I knew I had to check it out. I had fallen in love with my daughter’s dog at Christmas time when she adopted her Chihuahua. Before that, I had never considered getting a dog–matter of fact, I would often say, “No more animals after my cat dies.”  I suppose if I had hesitated longer after the “offer,” I would have backed out–but somehow it seemed like the right thing to do. I felt like I was so wise when I agreed to take her on “trial.”  Yeah, right–one day I was “sold.”

I haven’t had a dog since I was a kid. I’m sure I’m doing everything wrong–except loving and spoiling her. Everything I have learned thus far was from my friends and neighbors, Kathy and Carla.  They said something about how they haven’t seen me smile so much until I got Josie.

Boy, has my life changed! I now know where all the dogs are in the neighborhood–and remember each of their names.  I am reading up on dog training tips and even bought a book by the Dog Whisperer.  I have adjusted my schedule away from home and pay attention to how long I need to be out.  I now get how a dog differs from a cat.  I knew my cats were low-maintenance, but a dog is so much more interactive than a cat.  The good news is that Luna, my cat and Josie, have developed a loveless tolerance of each other.

Josie is house-broken, enjoys her walks and is very lovable (I’m just saying).  But she has some issues.  She and I quickly bonded and when I leave the house, she cries (aka barks)–so my mother guilt has resurfaced big time.  And she’s frightened of most men.  I am having a dog trainer come to train me next week.  So hopefully, that situation will improve.

Now in addition to my list of qualities my someday Mr Wonderful needs to have, I have to add to the list,” must love my dog (and vice versa).”  Wish me luck!

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