I had dogs as a child but after the age of maybe 8 or 10, all of our dogs had passed away from one thing or another. After that, we always had cats. It wasn’t until 5 years ago that I got another dog. I was very hesitant to do so as I had become so accustomed to cats. They are very independent, they use a litter box, you can leave them for a weekend with plenty of food and water and they do very well. However, I made the decision to get a dog…but not just any dog…a female black pug. I had fallen in love with pugs some time ago and would say if I ever got a dog it would be a pug and it would have to be a girl. And I really liked the black coloring as it is not as common as the faun. So my quest for a female black pug puppy began. It took me about 6 months to finally find one but I found one from a breeder in Tucson. She was born on December 28th and 5 weeks later I got to see her for the first time. She was small enough to fit in my hand. The next trip to see her was at 12 weeks of age when I finally got to bring her home. I was still very hesitant going down to get her as to whether or not I wanted a dog. However, on the way back home, she and I bonded and I’ve been in love ever since.
Dogs are really amazing creatures. I guess I had forgotten or maybe I never really knew it as a kid because all we ever had were outdoor dogs so they were just “dogs” and not really part of the family. My dog is always happy to see me. Even though she sees me every morning, she is still just as happy today as she was yesterday. Same goes for meal time- she is always appreciative of her meals, even though I have fed her every day for the past 5 years. She is my shadow, following me around at work and around at home. She listens to my troubles, she let’s me hold her tightly when I am upset. She gives me kisses every morning on the way to work. She makes me smile when she tilts her head. She makes me laugh with the sounds that she makes. She warms my heart with the looks that she gives. My life is better because of my dog. I am very blessed to have her in my life and to be her mom.