So, yesterday we got a dog.
Most people would end that sentence with an exclamation mark, but honestly I wasn’t looking for a dog. I’ve said “no” to hundreds my daughter has begged for (and even a few I wanted myself) because it hurts too much to lose one. When Barnaby Jones died four years ago I said “never again“.
And then Hailey fell in love with this tiny dog. And then Victor fell in love with this tiny dog. And then I said, “No. Get it away from me.” But the puppy ignored me and curled up in my lap as Victor explained that this dog was practically medicinal, and is well-suited to being an emotional support dog, which he thinks might help with my anxiety disorder.
So I said yes…and it was very sweet to watch her frolic with Hailey, but my heart is still broken from dogs so I kept my distance. (Much like Hunter S. Thomcat, who was similarly reserving judgement, as you can see below.)
Then last night she whimpered as she was put in her crate, so I moved her next to my bed and put my hand on her until she was comforted enough to sleep. I told myself not to look, but at midnight I turned on my phone so I could use its glow to check on her.
She’d curled into a small, content ball and the odd markings on her side smooshed together to make a tiny perfect heart. Well, not perfect exactly, as a small line broke the heart in the middle.
Then, as I watched, she snuggled up tighter and the heart became whole. And she was mine. And vice-versa.
So now we need a name. These are the contenders to far:
- Dorothy Barker
- Louise L’Amour
- Little Sheba
- Penelope (pronounced PEE-nuh-lope)
- THE MONARCH
- Little Edie
PS. I just read that Marie Antoinette had a papillon and carried it all the way to the guillotine as a comfort to her. Conclusion: I think Marie Antoinette invented the first emotional service dog, and look how well things worked out for her.
And now, the weekly wrap-up of awesomeness:
Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):
- If you’re looking for a good Valentine’s Card I suggest this. Or this. (All cards half off today if you enter the “cardsforlove” code at checkout.)
- Kick-ass stuff I pinned.
- I joined Instagram although I’m still not sure why.
- Good company.
- You got this, Travis.
Shit you should buy or steal because it’s awesome:
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