I had many pets growing up, but never wanted any as an adult. Especially after I had children. Pets are a lot of work and you need to be home to spend time with them, feed them and clean up after them. As my children were getting a little older, they started to ask for a puppy.
I caved with some small pets. We had a fish, goldfish and beta fish that we won at family fun nights. Then Sara gave my kids her class pet, Lizzy a gecko, which my children adored. Once Lizzy passed away, we gained another gecko and named him Cubbyblackhawk. Once he passed away, then the puppy questions came up again.
I explained that until I was done wiping their behinds, there was no way I would get a puppy. Well, once they were proficient with wiping their own butts, we could start the search for the perfect hypoallergenic dog (my youngest is also allergic to dogs).
We found a breeder and waited patiently until our new pup was 8 weeks old. She was adorable as all puppies are. We named her Dakota Ivy, she instantly became part of our family. I couldn't remember life without her. She will be five this year and still seems as puppyish as the day we got her!
Four and half years later we opened our hearts to another puppy. He is now 10 months old and is every bit of a puppy. He earned the name Tucker Clark. He is learning every day that it is ok to be loved. Tucker wasn't pet, taken outside to play in the grass or given treats prior to us getting him.
As much as I didn't want dogs and I get annoyed with their accidents. I couldn't imagine our life without them. They are my comfort when I need it the most. They are the companions for my children when I can't be. They mean so much to our family and I hope they feel as loved as they make us feel.