One evening, not long after we bought our house in 1998, I was home alone when I noticed a car slow down, then stop out front. From my bedroom window I could see two men sitting in the front seat, looking up at my house.
They pulled away, but a few minutes later they were back. This went on a few times…them slowing, then stopping in front of the house, then pulling away, only to return again.
As dark approached, I called my husband and asked him to hurry home. Then I called my sister-in-law, who lived nearby. Right after I hung up with her, I stood frozen in the dark corner of my living room as I saw one of the men peeking in the window just a few feet from where I was standing.
My first call was to the police (the man was caught and arrested at the end of my street) and my second call was to my husband to tell him that I wanted a dog. Like, now.
A month later we went to look at a litter of Labradors. I didn’t pick out the snugly pup or the one who was covering me with kisses. I chose the dog who was pulling my purse across the driveway.
Here’s a hint…when choosing a puppy, the one who pulls your purse across the driveway may also turn out to be the one who drags a 25 lb., frozen turkey out of the kitchen sink and tears it to shreds that you find all over your house.
She may be the one who gets the trash can off the kitchen counter and spreads coffee grounds and dirty diapers in every room.
She could be the dog that you refer to as, “The Shark” because she eats everything in sight, including the entire box of doughnuts belonging to the construction workers down the street, a 12 inch tall, solid-chocolate bunny, a breast pad, and a ham shank that makes her leave piles of diarrhea and vomit all over the house.
Also, that mess might just be discovered on your 30th birthday AND be smelled all the way from your garage. Your detached garage.
Did I mention that she may jump the fence and run away frequently too? So, you’ll have that going for you.
But, she might also be the dog who fiercely protects you and viciously barks at anyone who even looks at your yard. She could be the one thing that makes you feel safe in your own home, because you know she wouldn’t let anyone hurt you.
She may be the most loyal partner you could ask for, but once you have a baby she leaves your side to go lay under the crib.
She could be one of the best dogs you ever have.
But damn, it’s going to hurt your heart bad when she gets old.