No, I didn't have a new baby. I'm too old. Just ask my married children. And no, I didn't get a new grandbaby, which I would dearly love. But I did get my hubby a new puppy for Father's Day. He was raised with dachshunds. And in the thirty years we've been married, we've owned two long-haired, miniature dachshunds too. Well, my husband's dear friend we called Didi died this past winter and broke our hearts. With our daughter getting married, we have officially become "empty nesters." It didn't last long. My husband has been missing the cuddling of a dog in the evening. He'd dropped a number of hints about getting another puppy, but he knows I always take the brunt of care and training of any new dog, so he waited and didn't push. And dropped a few more hints. :)
My husband has named our new addition Sophie. The name fits her. She doesn't lick, has become my little garden buddy, takes instructions very well, is intelligent, gentle, and NOT hyper! (That's a big plus, right!?!)
Sophie curls up in my lap or at my feet when I'm working on my new book titled The Forest Ranger's Husband, to be released in November 2010. When I need inspiration, I play with Sophie for awhile. Everything in the world seems so easy from a dog's point of view. Sophie's beautiful brown eyes are so trusting. She's brought a sweet spirit into our home.
What about you? Do you have a special pet who brings out the best in you? A sweet animal friend who loves you unconditionally and never holds a grudge? If you're so lucky, then enjoy them! (Oh, and I love my kids, too. :)