Saturday, May 28, 2011

Getting My First Dog

When you have a child, you do things you wouldn't normally do...

- go to theme parks on the hottest day of the year because you promised.

-pay your hard earned money to see a kids movie, to include over priced concessions.

-visit every public restroom on earth.

I've done all of the above and more, however my personal biggest personal sacrifice came when Avery was in kindergarten.  She had been begging for a dog and I finally gave in to her pleading.

This is Avery on her first day of kindergarten

Danny wanted to get a dog from the beginning but I was the hold out.  Growing up we had dogs and I never really warmed up to the whole family pet thing.  I had absolutely no desire to own a pet.  I didn't dislike them, I just didn't want one for myself.

Avery wanted a pet from the day she could talk.  I put her off as long as I could, there were numerous fish and a rabbit (which we ended up giving away).   By the time she was six, things had gotten to a fever pitch.  Danny and I sat down and decided what kind / size dog we should get and a medium size, female, golden doodle (golden retreiver / poodle mix) was what we decided.

Right before Spring Break (3 years ago) we got a phone call that the breeder was ready for us to pick up our new puppy.  There were three girls in the liter and we had first pick.

To be honest I was dreading picking up the dog.  My schedule is the most flexible and I knew that the responsibility would fall on my shoulders to care for and train this dog.  Knowing absolutely nothing about dogs, I asked the Lord to help us pick out the perfect dog for our family.  This was going to really stretch me and if there were any big problems I didn't know how I would handle it.

When we arrived at the breeders house they had the girl puppies pinned up in their kitchen.  Our family of three stood there and looked at the three tiny golden puppies.

The first one barked, barked and barked, so that was an instant NO.  The second puppy was crouched in the back and seemed too timid.  The third was right in between, she barked maybe once and was curious but not timid.  Danny and I looked at each other and knew she was the one - Sophie.  After we received our brief puppy education, we placed her in the crate for the two hour ride home. 

From her first moments she has been a blessing.  She's so gentle and loves to play.  I can honestly say three years later that getting a dog was the right thing to do.

Was I scared?  Yes

Were there moments when I wondered if this was the right decision?  Oh, yes

Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat!

Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone is the best thing to do, especially when your child is involved.  How can we teach our children to take chances and try new things if we are not willing to do same?   Next time you have a chance to step out of your comfort zone, go ahead.  It may make all the difference.