Me: Friendly wave and smile
Lady #1: Wave and smile before popping out with, “Wow, you look kinda like your dogs!!”
Lady #2: Staring and then nodding to friend, “You’re right; she does! They match.”
Me: Weird fake laughing noise and then speed walking away from this awkwardness.
So, as I thought about this bit of strangeness over the course of my walk home, I decided to take this as a compliment. My dogs are awesome and we do have a lot in common. We are very good-natured, love to befriend strangers, and growl at people only when absolutely necessary.
Finishing up my walk, I was remembering how excited the girls were when we brought our brand new puppies home. As part of a weekly blogging challenge called “Moments of Delight” I will be sharing a photograph, a video or a memory that brought a feeling of happiness or delight.
Puppy Planning: Our family is very big into planning and thus the anticipation for us is almost as much fun as the actual event. Researching breeds of dogs, convincing or tricking my husband into agreeing to a new pet, and finding a breeder that wasn’t part of a puppy mill were all part of this exciting process. After that came trying to come up with a name we could all agree upon. Oh, how we love brainstorming cute dog names! Should we go with a theme like candy names or superhero names? How about Harry Potter names? What about real people names like Charles or Charlotte or George or Gracie?
The Big Day: On the day when we would drive to choose and pick up our new puppy, the girls would typically be making deals in the back seat over who would get to hold him on the way home. Names were still being tossed around and someone would be making a list of things we needed to buy. Excited chatter would fill the car as we pulled up and we tried to get a glimpse of the puppies or their parents. Selecting our puppy from the wriggling mass of cuteness was never easy, but somehow, the girls would eventually narrow it down to the perfect pup. Watching my girls breathe in that yummy puppy breath and seeing their faces light up as they received more and more wet kisses from our newest pup is one of my favorite my moments of delight…x4!
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