I’ve never been much of a dog person. Ever. I think the reason is that every time I had a dog, they bonded with someone else. The dog we had as a child? It was my sister’s dog. Growing up, I never had another dog beyond the age of 10. We ended up with cats the rest of my childhood years.
When I got married, my husband worked different shifts. So that I would always have company, we got a dog. Of course, the dog bonded with my husband and not me. I kept trying, though. During the first fifteen years of marriage, we ended up having 4 dogs over time. And though I loved them, I was never the number one person for them. That is, until Greta.
After the death of a three of our dogs over time, we were pet-less for several months. The hardest loss was the dog purchased shortly after our marriage. Though none of the dogs had ever bonded with me, I missed having a dog around. It was time to look for a puppy.
Around Memorial Day 2001, I met an incredible litter of Bouvier des Flanders puppies. I had done tons of research what breed would best fit our home, and had decided that this would be the best fit for our family. I fell head over hills in love.
In late June, we went home with “the pink puppy”. We named her Greta. The first night away from her litter mates, she was lonely and I ended up letting her sleep with me. From that point on, we were inseparable.
Greta’s two now, and she’s everything I ever imagined. My best friend. My forever companion. The one who loves me no matter what…..
Deb Smouse (Texas, USA)
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