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Puppies are the best medicine, no prescription needed

Louie, Full time entertainment, PRN  therapy dog

Louie, Full time entertainment, PRN therapy dog

Louie is our 13  year old dog.  We love him unconditionally.  Mike, my husband is dedicated to him, even more than he is to me!   He walks him faithfully every single day, no matter the weather.  Louie knows this, and he communicates his needs to Mike with gestures and sounds.  It is so funny to listen to him when he is “telling” Mike what to do.

A new family member is coming today.  My son Brian is getting a puppy.  He is a tiny black hairy creature, a baby French Bulldog.   Oh my God, my heart is melting and I haven’t even met Rocky.  This photo was taken not long after Brian got him.  What is it about puppies?

rockyprofileI have read about the effect of dogs and puppies on humans.  Elderly nursing home patients who don’t respond to anything else will respond to dogs and cats.  Some dogs are trained to detect seizures,  guide the blind or do simple tasks for the handicapped.  Babies smile and grab for dogs when they see them.  Me?  I just melt.  I can’t understand people who don’t like dogs.  What the heck is wrong with them.

Dogs are a comfort to us fragile humans.  They don’t ask for much…just shelter, food, exercise and love.  They  stay by our sides when we are sick or sad, and they  entertain us tirelessly.  They are the most faithful of friends, no matter what.  Even dogs that are abused stay faithful to their owners.  That makes me sad.  They should just bite the abusive owners…it would be totally justified.

Louie has sat with me while I have healed from sickness or surgery.  He warms my lap in the nicest way.  He is getting very old, and moves slowly, a with a hitch in his stride.  Arthritis and congenital defects in his elbows make it harder for him to walk far or to play for very long. He grunts and groans when we pick him up, from pain we suppose.  When I think of losing him it breaks my heart.  So, I hold him close, let him sit on me in the car even if I am wearing black, talk to him, and value every minute he is with us.  At 13 years of age, the old fella doesn’t have too much time left.

Dogs will always be in my life, one way or the other.  Housebreaking a puppy isn’t high on my list of priorities right now, but we will certainly welcome Rocky, the new little grand dog, and he will be our guest often.  Mike will want to walk him too, and we will try to do that regularly.  He will be a contrast to Louie in every way….color, energy level, communicating etc.

You can’t beat the love of a faithful dog..no you can’t!

PS…I already taught Rocky Sit/Down/Stay!

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