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In search of furry lovin'

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011, at 3:33 PM

Who would've thought that at the age of 52, that I would be raising yet another child? Wouldn't you think that once you hit that half a century mark that one would know better than to bring another mouth to feed, another being to care for and cuddle with.

Following a great afternoon celebrating our youngest granddaughter's first birthday recently in Sioux City, our thoughts of visiting the Sioux City Humane Society remained a priority especially with the perils regarding the flooding so evident as we traveled closer to the temporary home for quite a few displaced pets.

I had been feeling a bit left out while all three of our existing pets seem to cling to Craig, especially when I know that I am getting to the age where I shouldn't feel such a strong nurturing need, but I guess that perhaps that nurturing thing just never fades away? Craig sits down in his recliner and as if that chair was a pet magnet, Piper takes a running jump and plops right up into his lap. His purr can be heard throughout the house... that would be Piper's purr not Craig's! For some reason Macie, our 80 pound lab seems to think that she is still a little lap pooch, because not long after Piper perches on Craig's lap, so does Macie. All the while I sit across the room feeling left out, as not one of them cares to plop out next to me.

Being perhaps a bit stubborn, I swore that I was gong to get another pup and it was going to want to cuddle with me and be my own dog! I couldn't wait to arrive to the very place where I knew that there was one special pet that had been displaced and was just waiting for a lady to offer a comfortable new home.

We walked through the kennels, played with a few black labs. My husband had found a cute little guy named Tucker, I had to remind him that this was my day and my birthday gift, so he backed down reluctantly. You do not mess with an aging lady when she has her mind made up!

All of the sudden there in front of me was this 6 month old red headed "hound" peering out of the kennel, wagging her little tail and I am pretty sure that she was telling me that she had been waiting for me. We took her out to play in the courtyard. She was so playful and not so cuddly, but she was it, I knew it. So we finished up the adoption paperwork, and brought our new bundle of joy home.

Fortunately little Sadie hit it off with existing resident Macie; now there is no separating our girls. They do everything together, eat, play and even potty... when one goes the other goes.

I know that you are wondering if Sadie is my lap dog, well guess what... she plops right into Craig's lap when he sits in his recliner. I really do not harbor any hard feelings... much... he isn't a bad guy...I am now thinking that perhaps I should purchase another recliner. Maybe it's my chair that's wrong, not the person sitting in it?

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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