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Dogs have a special way of wiggling into our hearts. They can be little bundles of love which brighten our days.
Growing up, I was a bit skittish around them. This all came from a dog jumping up and scraping my face when I was little. It scared me. And, as we didn’t have pets at the time, I just kept my distance.
Yet, that skittishness did not last forever. Rather, a few dogs have wiggled their way into my heart over the years.
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Dog Days – Our Family’s Dog
When I was in high school, our house began to attract strays. First, it was cats. As I am highly allergic to them, we never considered opening our doors to them. Rather, after a few days of putting out milk for them, we’d usually call for them to be picked up. After a few of those occurrences, we joked about how there must be a neon sign visible to only animals saying my dad was a sucker for them.
Then one night a whimper was heard outside our back door. Outside was a cute little pup, mostly black with a bit of white on his belly. We couldn’t ignore his little cries and the weather wasn’t great. So, we set up a small box with towels in the garage and put out bowls of water and some food.
Within a few days, little Domino had wormed his way into the house and set up camp on my dad’s side of the bed. Before long, he was up ON the bed with my dad. In a house full of women (well, girls as my sisters are younger than me), my dad finally had some male companionship.
Dog Days – A Bundle of Energy & Patience
My husband grew up with animals always around. After we married and moved into our first house, we decided to adopt a dog. The first dog we welcomed into our house was short-lived as we discovered he’d been abused and turned into an aggressive beast. As I was pregnant with our first son, I became leery of trying a second time with a dog.
Then we met Amber, a super sweet, petite pure-bred Irish Setter. Her parents had been dumped at the pound when the people who’d been breeding them had to move and couldn’t take the dogs. The workers soon realized that mom was pregnant with another litter. Shortly after the pups were born, mom and pups contracted Parvovirus. Amber and one of her brothers survived. The vet hypothesized that her petite size was due to that illness.
Amber was turning 6 months old when we welcomed her into our home. She loved to snuggle and as my belly grew larger, she wanted to use it as a pillow while laying alongside me on the couch. If my dad came to visit, she’d be found on his lap.
Amber stayed with us through our first house in New York and then moved to Ohio with us. She was full of energy and needed those regular walks and time off leash. But, she was also extremely patient with little boys who would tug and pull on her whether it was to give a hug or use her to help stand up.
Then as we were preparing to move to Maryland, she became ill. It seemed rather sudden and we thought maybe she’d gotten into the latex paint I’d been using to paint the walls. We found blood around her nose and she was extremely lethargic.
The boys and I took her to the vets. Normally, entering that building would send her into a panic. This time, she was calm about it. The boys and I gave her hugs and left her for evaluation. An hour later, my husband called to say they diagnosed her with some form of leukemia. We made the difficult decision to end her suffering that day.
It has been 10 years since that day and we’ve not had another dog in our life. Our current rental is pet free, so it will take us buying another house to make it happen.
Dog Days – A New Movie in Theaters
DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.
This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion. DOG DAYS releases in theaters in August 8.
Check out this extended trailer to see how my fun this movie will be:
Celebrating Dog Days with a Giveaway for $50 Target Gift Card
One lucky reader will win a $50 Target Gift Card to spoil their favorite pup. Entries are accepted through the Gleam form below through August 12th. US only.
How has a dog impacted your life?
What would you buy to spoil the pup in your life if you win the Target Giftcard?