Blogember Day 12: Your First Pet
I can't just tell you about my first pet. I need to tell you about all the dogs I've ever loved. When I was a little girl we had a German Shepherd named Edgar. He was as tall as me and easily out weighed me, so we would often come eye to eye. I was scared of my own dog. He would yawn and I thought he was trying to bite my face off. It was my responsibility to feed him, but I didn't do such a great job. I didn't like him knocking me over as I tried to pour food in his bowl. As an adult, I realize that Edgar was likely a very sweet dog, he couldn't help his size. He wasn't trying to be a bully, I was just too small.
|What a big mouth you have! Better to eat you with, my dear! (Not Edgar but you get the idea.)|
I spent most of my life afraid of dogs. I didn't like my friends dogs much and I certainly didn't like when strange dogs barked at me or jumped on me. I remember when I first started running on the streets, I had this paralyzing fear that one of those dogs would jump a fence, or a stray dog would bite me.
The first dog I ever called my own was a Pekinese named Baby. I adopted him later in his life, when he was already 10 years old. He was a bit of a grumpy dog, but he was so small and cute, he was harmless. Hubby always said he was just ticked off that he was boy named Baby. He once bit hubby in the face, so we nicknamed him face. He wasn't much of a running partner, but that little guy could book it. If he would get out, I would have to chase at full speed to catch him. The beginning of my love affair with dogs had begun.
|our Pekinese Baby aka FACE|
|My first running partner sweet Candy|
|Our big baby Mattie|
|Mattie loved to swim, but good luck getting her out of the water.|
We adopted Ollie last year around Thanksgiving. I had no idea I would fall in love so quickly. While no dog could replace our Candy and Mattie, Ollie definitely filled the hole in our hearts. Ollie quickly became my newest running partner and the star of this blog, and our house.
|Ollie as a baby.|
|Ollie always getting in the shot.|
|Run with me momma.|
|Handsome boy Ollie|
|Happy Dog Ollie|
|Deck Dog Ollie|
I had to wipe a tear as I revisited the dogs in my life. I went from being a dog-fearer to a dog-lover because of the unconditional love of these dogs. I loved them all so much.
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