“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
- Dr. Seuss
So what happened? A tiny, adorable and homeless puppy happened. Who could ask for better than waking up to see a cute puppy face at your door? Well, apparently the hubs could. Of course his reasoning behind it all is fairly sound, but when has logic ever beaten out a heart full of emotions?
Being the bleeding heart that I am (which is the reason we have 2 dogs and 3 cats in the first place) I ran inside and grabbed a dog collar and leash for her. We were worried about fleas, so she went out to our fenced in backyard until the hubs (veterinarian extraordinaire) could look her over. Once she was pronounced healthy, happy and friendly, she came inside to meet the horde. I guess it has just happened so gradually over the years that I didn't even notice it, but my dogs have become fuddy duddys. They are old now and just lack that puppy charm and lack of grace that makes having a puppy worth all the pee and nighttime potty breaks and chewing and energy. My dogs took one look at her, grumbled, and the big one went to bed and the little one went to hide in the corner. Not a great welcome. I love my old man (13 years old now) and lady (6 but she is a giant breed so that's old for her) and wouldn't change a thing with them, but having that puppy around really, really made me miss it when they were young and full of mischief and energy. Its been a long time since we had a young animal around - even my cats are old now at 10, 9 and the youngest at 4.
I would love to keep her and cried this morning when the hubby took her to work with him to try to find her a good, loving home. It just isn't a good time. Two older, lazy dogs are great right now because they leave W's toys alone and don't care that our time with them is limited due to playing with him. They get excited for their morning walk and weekend hikes, but after that they sleep all day. I don't have to feel guilty when I go to the barn or when we play with W inside all day. They are fine and happy. A puppy needs a lot of time and attention and time is one thing I don't have right now. I also worry about her jumping up on W when he is trying to learn to walk and knocking him down or scratching him or nipping him or just ruining all of his toys. All things I don't have to worry about with Bones and Hero.