Dogs and Kids

Yippee likes to sleep with his nose in Seth’s armpit.

Eventually he comes up for air.

Little Man loves his dog.

And then, we have the girls.

Jingle was over at her BFF’s the other day,(they like to romp together in our neighbor’s big fenced in yard) and when I went to get her, she was nowhere to be found. I knocked on the door, and the neighbor’s dog was inside. Apparantly she’d barked to come in. We don’t know if she wanted to come in because Jingle left, or if Jingle left because her friend went in. Either way, Jingle found a way to escape the fence and she was outta’ there. It’s a tall fence too. We don’t know how she did it.

I stood in the silent yard, attempting to stay calm, thinking, she’s got her tags on, she’s micro-chipped. Also thinking….how am I going to tell that little girl I can’t find her dog?

And that’s the thing about love isn’t it? If you do it, with all your heart, you risk loss. You are suseptable to being hurt.

I made my way down to the end of our neighbor’s driveway, and there was Jingle, sitting politely on our front steps, as if she was just waiting for me to let her in. She’d been “missing” roughly ten minutes. Good dog!

My children will one day lose their beloved pups. Hopefully a long, long long time from now.


But what they’ll learn, is the love…it will have been worth it.

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7 Responses to Dogs and Kids

  1. Courtney says:

    Sometimes you make me feel just the slightest little itch to get a dog …. but don’t go getting any ideas, or do any visualizations about this.
    xoxo

  2. kario says:

    SOOOO worth it! We’ve had our baby boy for five years now and I can’t imagine a morning without his cold nose pushing into my leg or an afternoon without his exuberant greeting at the door.

  3. Jamie says:

    I’ve always had dogs but my current pup who I’ve had going on six years as some how become my beloved – I think about losing him and it breaks my heart. You are right though I wouldn’t trade the saddness that will come for the love I have for him now!

  4. Carrie Link says:

    I worry so much about what Rojo will do without Flicka, hope it’s years and years and YEARS from now!

  5. Yep, our two cats are beleaguered but dearly beloved. I don’t even wanna think about it.

  6. Amanda says:

    Life without Meg? It will happen sometime and as she gets older sooner than I would like. The joy of being a two dog family is when one goes you still have a cold nose and a warm welcome to help fill the void. Mickey is showing signs of being a good assistance dog so we’re going to contact the organisation over here as they’ve just started giving help to people to train their own dogs. I’ll have to do a blog about him and keep you posted how he gets on – he’s smart but not bright so we’ll see…

    A house without a dog is not a home :)

  7. Sally says:

    Those dogs are so dang cute. As are their matching children. I don’t think I shared with you, out of all the dogs, the 2 chihuahua’s at Paige’s house do the most seizure sniffing and alerting. Just saying.