Years ago, I had a poodle. Sugar was smart and loving with loads of personality. When he died, we didn’t get another dog because our lives were super busy.
I always had in the back of my mind that when we got another dog, it would be a male and it would be a black standard-sized (or BIG as I preferred to think of them) poodle.
I’d watch people (usually women) with their beautiful BIG poodle and think, there goes my next dog. Everyone I spoke with who owned a BIG poodle couldn’t imagine having any other breed.
My mind was made up. The time to act was approaching. Then…
Ernie, a little black-and-white shih tzu came into our lives. He’d been in a home with a westie and the two both wanted to be the dominant dog. They fought and Ernie was badly injured. The vet suggested one of the dogs find a new home. That new home was ours.
Ernie quickly became a much loved member of our household. We jokingly call him “King” Ernie because he likes his way and he likes being served.
I started thinking it might be nice to get a BIG poodle as a friend for Ernie. Then…
Shug, a blue heeler wandered onto our property. Someone had tired of having a dog made for the country in the city and chose to just drop him off on the outskirts of town. Ernie decided Shug could stay because Shug agrees Ernie is the King.
Two dogs are a lot but not as much when you live in the country. I still held out hope of getting my BIG poodle.
Then my husband heard about a little dorkie (dachshund-yorkie mix) who was being kept in a crate almost 24/7. A woman had moved out-of-state leaving Chico behind with her mother, who didn’t want him. Or as she so eloquently put it–she “hated” him. And once again there was room at the Inn, er our house, for another.
King Ernie liked him.
Shug, who doesn’t like most other animals, liked him.
Just like that, Chico became one of the boys.
Sometimes I still think about that BIG poodle. But then I look at the faces of our three “boys,” I know that I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How about you? Have you every owned an animal that you believed was “meant” to be your boy or girl?
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